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Graduate student Wright selected as HHMI International Student Research Fellow

July 30, 2015 Melecia Wright, doctoral candidate in the Department of Nutrition at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been chosen as an International Student Research Fellow by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Wright is one of 45 students from 18 countries who will receive fellowships in the amount of… Read more »

Arden Miller, national leader, former chair of maternal and child health, dies July 26

July 29, 2015 C. Arden Miller, MD, a respected national leader and expert in child health, died on July 26 at the age of 90. Dr. Miller formerly was vice chancellor of health sciences at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and professor and chair of maternal and child health at UNC’s Gillings… Read more »

Gay and bisexual men willing to use at-home screening tests for anal cancer, study finds

July 28, 2015 While the incidence of most cancers affecting men has dropped in the last decade, anal cancer has become steadily more common. This increase is attributable, at least in part, to high incidence rates among men who have sex with men (MSM), especially those living with HIV/AIDS. More than 70 percent of anal… Read more »

Presentations at International AIDS Conference address HIV self-testing, economic incentives

July 28, 2015 Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, associate professor of health policy and management at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, gave two oral presentations at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver, Canada on July 20 and 21. Thirumurthy shared new research conducted in Kenya… Read more »

Rimer nominated to continue as chair of President’s Cancer Panel

July 24, 2015 Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been honored by President Barack Obama with a request that she continue, for a third term, to chair the President’s Cancer Panel. Obama announced his intent to nominate Rimer and other individuals to key… Read more »

Doctoral candidate Black awarded University Cancer Research Fund grant

July 23, 2015 Kristin Z. Black, doctoral candidate in maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the University Cancer Research Fund (UCRF). Black, who is minoring in epidemiology, was selected for her “strong academic ability and potential to contribute to finding and… Read more »

Cash transfers conditional on schooling do not prevent HIV infection among young women in South Africa

July 21, 2015 A phase III trial has found that conditional cash transfers for school attendance did not reduce the risk of HIV infection among young women of high school age in South Africa. Investigators from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) reported the findings July 21 at the 8th International Aids Society (IAS) Conference… Read more »

Early HIV treatment provides protection for uninfected partner, study finds

July 20, 2015 Antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV infection provides lasting protection against the sexual transmission of the virus from infected men and women to their HIV-uninfected sexual partners. The discovery, made by investigators from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), was reported July 20 at… Read more »

Rate of rural hospital closures is rising, study finds

July 20, 2015 Since 2010, the rate of rural hospital closures in the United States has increased significantly. During this period, there have been three closures in North Carolina alone. To achieve a preliminary look at recent closures, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill compared the 2009 financial performance and market… Read more »

School-affiliated organization awarded grant to certify child-care health consultants, improve child-care environments

July 17, 2015 The North Carolina Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center, a project of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health directed by Jonathan Kotch, MD, MPH, research professor of maternal and child health at the Gillings School, is among the collaborators who have received a $25,000 Ribbon of Hope grant from… Read more »