School News

Activity trackers offer insight into symptoms of bone marrow transplant patients

November 24, 2015 A recent study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that activity trackers (e.g. Fitbits) may be a valuable tool for assessing patient symptom burden in clinical research. Co-authors from the UNC Gillings School include lead author Antonia Bennett, PhD, research assistant professor, second author Bryce… Read more »

Study finds older adults consume too much phosphorus, too little calcium

November 24, 2015 A new study has found that high intake of dietary phosphorus, relative to calcium intake, is associated with a lower calcium to phosphorus ratio overall. When this ratio skews low for calcium and high for phosphorus, it potentially has adverse health effects including arterial calcification, bone loss and death. The three co-authors… Read more »

Lightfoot honored by APHA for community-based public health research

November 19, 2015 Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, received the 2015 Tom Bruce Award at a Nov. 3 meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The Community-Based Public Health (CBPH) Caucus, a subgroup within APHA, manages the award. It was established in 2006 to celebrate the work and legacy of Thomas Allen Bruce, MD, who is… Read more »

Epidemiology, nutrition students honored by The Obesity Society

November 16, 2015 Students from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health authored four of the seven epidemiology abstracts selected from 127 submissions for presentation at the 2015 Obesity Week conference. This annual scientific and educational event, hosted by The Obesity Society (TOS), brought together world experts in obesity research, treatment and prevention Nov. 2-7… Read more »

Study finds sizeable minority of physicians do not strongly endorse HPV vaccine

November 16, 2015 Five UNC researchers are co-authors of a paper published online Oct. 22 by Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The article, titled “Quality of Physician Communication about Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: Findings from a National Survey,” describes vaccine communication practices among primary care physicians. Melissa Gilkey, PhD, is a former postdoctoral fellow with UNC’s… Read more »

Hursting receives National Cancer Institute’s Outstanding Investigator Award

November 16, 2015 Stephen Hursting, PhD, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, has received a prestigious National Cancer Institute (NCI) Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA). This award recognizes and provides stable funding for cancer research with breakthrough potential. Hursting, who is also a member… Read more »

Biancardi chosen for Staff Excellence Award

November 13, 2015 Kathy Biancardi has won the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s 2015 Staff Excellence Award. Biancardi, public communications specialist in the Department of Maternal and Child Health and assistant to the director of UNC’s World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center, accepted the award at a Schoolwide event on Nov. 12. She… Read more »

Study finds tensions between medical homes and being patient-centered

November 12, 2015 A study co-authored by a UNC Gillings School of Public Health researcher and published Oct. 9 in the journal Social Science & Medicine describes how North Carolina incorporated case management for low-income pregnant women and young children into the state’s Medicaid managed care network. Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, clinical assistant professor of maternal… Read more »

Phi Beta Kappa welcomes ten from Gillings School

November 11, 2015 Ten students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been inducted as new members of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest college honorary society in the United States. Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates who meet strict eligibility requirements. Fewer than one percent of all college students qualify…. Read more »

Gordon-Larsen awarded $2.5M grant to study whether microbiome links Western diet, cardiometabolic risk

November 11, 2015 Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a $2.5M grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project, “Transition to a Western diet and cardiometabolic risk: Biomarkers derived from the microbiome.” While recent work through the NIH Human Microbiome… Read more »