School News

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

May 8, 2015 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… 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 »

A picture is worth a thousand words: UNC finds images on cigarette packs warn more effectively than text

May 6, 2015 Pictures illustrating the dangers of cigarette smoking were more effective at strengthening people’s intentions to quit smoking than text warnings, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analysis of multiple research studies has found. The results, published May 6 in the journal Tobacco Control, follow growth in the use of picture-based… Read more »

Epidemiology student wins Doris Duke fellowship to promote children’s well-being

May 6, 2015 Jared Parrish, MS, epidemiology doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and research assistant at UNC’s Injury Prevention Research Center, has been awarded a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-being. Parrish will receive an annual $30,000 stipend for two years to support completion of his… Read more »

Children’s Health Insurance Program extended for two more years

May 6, 2015 On April 16, President Barack Obama signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) into law. Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, professor of health policy and management at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health and professor of social medicine at UNC’s School of Medicine, wrote a perspective piece on the… Read more »