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Edema Ojomo: Doctoral student will present at The Water Institute’s fall conference

Oct. 10, 2014 The annual Water and Health Conference, held this year Oct. 13-17 at UNC’s Friday Center for Continuing Education, will host about 500 participants interested in drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds. For more information, see whconference.unc.edu. Edema Ojomo, an environmental sciences and engineering… Read more »

High levels of metals in well water may be linked to birth defects in children

October 9, 2014 Increased levels of metals such as cadmium, arsenic, lead and manganese in North Carolina are present in private well water, and some may be linked to defects in children, a new UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health study has found. In a research article published Sept. 15 by BioMed Central Public… Read more »

Herrington named executive director of School’s Gillings Global Gateway

October 9, 2014 Jim Herrington, PhD, MPH, has been named executive director of the Gillings Global Gateway (GGG) and Professor of the Practice of health behavior at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Herrington holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Texas A&M University, a Master of Public Health degree in health… Read more »

Study: Daily tasks can get sedentary workers closer to national physical activity guidelines

October 9, 2014 People with deskbound or sedentary jobs who have difficulty finding time to work out still can meet national guidelines for physical activity as long as they engage in other active daily tasks. Those are the findings of a new study from researchers at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global… Read more »

Epidemiology alumnus studies ways to optimize pediatric antiretroviral therapy

Oct. 9, 2014 A new study helps clinicians weigh immunologic benefits against viral failure risks when timing the administration of antiretroviral therapy for children who are HIV-positive. Dwight E. Yin, MD, MPH, alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s epidemiology department and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri at… Read more »

Westreich receives prestigious NIH New Innovator award

October 8, 2014 Daniel Westreich, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a prestigious New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to the NIH, the award is presented to scientists proposing highly innovative approaches to major contemporary challenges… Read more »

Alumna helps develop app to personalize heart disease risk

October 8, 2014 Reprinted from newswise.com Although cardiovascular disease is largely avoidable through lifestyle modifications, it remains the nation’s number one cause of death. While annual wellness exams offer physicians the chance to advise patients on modifying cardiac risk factors, that advice can get lost easily, given the amount of information covered during a routine… Read more »

Alumna appointed to PCORI committee

October 7, 2014 Cynthia Girman, DrPH, alumna and Public Health Foundation board member at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed by the U.S. Comptroller General to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)  methodology committee. She is also adjunct associate professor of epidemiology in the Gillings School’s UNC Center for Pharmacoepidemiology. PCORI,… Read more »

UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention awarded $3.75M to conduct prevention research

October 7, 2014 The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received a $3.75 million cooperative agreement to renew its status as a Prevention Research Center (PRC) through 2019. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding will help UNC researchers conduct innovative prevention research… Read more »

Website will help women learn about risk factors for breast cancer

October 7, 2014 The UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP) has announced the official launch of myBCrisk.org, an interactive website designed to increase knowledge about breast cancer risk factors, especially among young African-American women. Melissa Troester, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Liza Makowski,… Read more »