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Alumna selected as AARP-RWJF Breakthrough Leader in Nursing

November 24, 2014 AnnMarie Walton, MPH, BSN, doctoral candidate in nursing at University of Utah and Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has been selected as one of ten nurses nationwide to receive the new Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing award, presented by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP… Read more »

Runyan wins APHA award for distinguished career in injury control

November 19, 2014 Carol Runyan, PhD, adjunct professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and one of the nation’s foremost scholars addressing violence as a public-health problem, was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Career Award from the American Public Health Association’s Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) Section at… Read more »

Lytle in JAMA commentary: ‘Healthful foods in schools are important tool in fight against obesity’

November 19, 2014 A commentary by Leslie Lytle, PhD, professor and chair of health behavior at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, was published online Nov. 17 in JAMA Pediatrics. The article, “Considering the Potential Effect of Federal Policy on Childhood Obesity,” was a response to a paper by Yvonne… Read more »

BSPH students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

November 19, 2014 Fourteen of the 148 undergraduates admitted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, are students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the college and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements. A student who… Read more »

Review informs design for smoking cessation interventions for LGBT people

November 18, 2014 Tobacco use among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the U.S. is 68 percent higher than among heterosexuals. Little published work has addressed how to best promote smoking-cessation efforts targeting LGBT people, but unpublished community-led programs have important lessons for designing interventions. Clinical treatments such as counseling and nicotine replacement… Read more »

Sickle cell trait in African-Americans associated with increased kidney disease risk, new research finds

November 14, 2014 African-Americans carrying a genetic sickle cell trait face up to a two-fold risk increase for chronic kidney disease, according to a paper published online Nov. 13 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Co-authors from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health include epidemiology faculty members Wayne Rosamond, PhD, professor,… Read more »

Two epidemiology postdocs win research excellence awards

November 12, 2014 Anne Justice, PhD, and Vineet Menachery, PhD, postdoctoral fellows in epidemiology at the Gillings School, have received The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 2014 Postdoctoral Awards for Research Excellence. They will accept their awards from Barbara Entwisle, PhD, distinguished professor of sociology and vice chancellor for research, and Mark Heise,… Read more »

ESE doctoral students awarded inaugural Dennis and Mireille Gillings fellowships for work at Institut Pasteur

November 11, 2014 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill doctoral students Maya Nadimpalli and Patsy Polston are inaugural recipients of the prestigious Dennis and Mireille Gillings Global Public Health Fellowships, a collaboration between UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Pasteur Foundation, the U.S. affiliate of Institut Pasteur. The fellowships include the… Read more »

Partnerships, cancer research in Malawi to expand with new NCI grant

November 10, 2014 UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases have received a $3.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study the growing worldwide cancer problem and expand the University’s efforts in Malawi to study and treat HIV-associated cancers. Andrew Olshan, PhD, Barbara Sorenson… Read more »

Gift from Joan Gillings will initiate renovation of Rosenau auditorium

November 10, 2014 Philanthropist and businesswoman Joan Gillings has pledged $1.2 million to renovate Rosenau auditorium, a much-used classroom and event space at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Construction on the room is expected to begin this fall. “I am deeply honored to provide the support necessary to undertake renovation of the auditorium,”… Read more »