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New GTEx project tackles DNA’s genetic ‘switchboard’

May 15, 2015 The link between inherited DNA variation and numerous diseases has been well established, but an important question still looms – What are the precise mechanisms linking genetic variation to disease? Despite decades of research and the development of sophisticated tools, important gaps remain in understanding human genetic processes, which vary widely across… Read more »

Kosorok leads $10.4M NCI grant to improve clinical trials for cancer patients

May 15, 2015 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and N.C. State University have been awarded a five-year, $10.4 million grant by the National Cancer Institute to continue determining ways to design more powerful clinical trials for cancer patients, effectively delivering better and more personalized new therapies to cancer… Read more »

Tim Black, reproductive rights activist, dead at 77

May 14, 2015 Timothy Reuben Ladbroke Black, MD, MPH, CBE, an alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health and visionary international advocate for women’s reproductive rights and family planning services, died Dec. 11, 2014, in Sussex, England, School leaders have learned. Born Jan. 7, 1937, in Sussex, Black received a medical degree from… Read more »

Nutrition professor studies relationship of flu immunity to obesity

May 13, 2015 A May 12 article about the work of nutrition researcher Dr. Melinda Beck, written for Endeavors magazine by Susan Hardy, is excerpted below. The complete article is available on Endeavors’ website. The 2014–2015 flu season was a tough one, says Melinda Beck, PhD, professor and associate chair of the nutrition department at… Read more »

Gillings School alumna investigates why NC teachers have trouble breathing in their classrooms

May 13, 2015 Kim Gaetz, PhD, who earned a doctorate in epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2014, was featured in a May 7 article in Endeavors, UNC’s research magazine. The article, by Ashita Gona, is reprinted in part below. Read the complete article on Endeavors’ website. Dr. Kim Gaetz discovered… Read more »

UNC and GSK announce novel partnership to accelerate search for HIV cure

May 12, 2015 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a leading global public research university with significant expertise in HIV basic and clinical research, and GSK, a global, research-based pharmaceutical and health-care company with a legacy of success in developing treatments for HIV, announced on May 11 the establishment of a dedicated HIV… Read more »

Study finds testosterone injections carry greater risk of adverse effects than gels, patches

May 11, 2015 A recent study led by faculty at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health has found that testosterone injections are associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular events, stroke, hospitalization and death compared with testosterone gels or patches. Testosterone use has increased considerably in the United States (U.S.), United Kingdom… Read more »

Water Institute at UNC WaSH report reveals leaders in water, sanitation progress

El Salvador, Niger, and Pakistan are performing better in improving water and sanitation for their citizens than industrial giants like Russia and Brazil according to the new WaSH Performance Index developed by The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The new index was released… Read more »

Cai and Mayer-Davis awarded distinguished professorships

May 8, 2015 The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost has announced that two Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members will be awarded distinguished professorships, effective July 1, pending approval by the University’s Board of Trustees. Jianwen Cai, PhD, professor and vice chair of biostatistics, and Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, professor and… Read more »

Hudgens, Smith to be honored at commencement with McGavran, Larsh awards

May 8, 2015 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will present two of its most prestigious faculty awards during the School’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9. Michael Hudgens, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics, will receive the McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Jennifer Smith, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, will accept the… Read more »