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Smith receives NCI funding to study use of HPV self-collection in cervical cancer screening

April 23, 2015 Jennifer Smith, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a large RO1 grant, “Effect of HPV Self-Collection on Cervical Cancer Screening in High-Risk Women,” from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The funds will support a five-year randomized control trial in North… Read more »

In-hospital cirrhosis deaths drop 41 percent from 2002 to 2012, study finds

April 22, 2015 A new study led by a UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researcher has found dramatic improvements in the survival of patients with cirrhosis and liver failure. Study findings support improved treatment strategies for patients with cirrhosis and concurrent bacterial infections. Monica Schmidt, MPH, doctoral candidate in health policy and management… Read more »

Mitchell awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for biostatistics

April 22, 2015 Shaina Mitchell is one of twelve statistics students in the United States to win a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship in 2015. The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the U.S. The program… Read more »

4 billion at risk from substandard meds; researchers tackle the challenge

April 21, 2015 Falsified and low-quality medicines represent a public health pandemic, but – until recently – not many researchers were discussing solutions to the challenge. That changed April 20, with the online publication of “The Global Pandemic of Falsified Medicines: Laboratory and Field Innovations and Policy Perspectives,” a 17-article supplement of The American Journal… Read more »

Three Gillings faculty awarded Global Health grants

April 21, 2015 Three faculty members at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded Explorations in Global Health faculty research grants through the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases. Ralph Baric, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School, is the co-principal investigator on a project to explore… Read more »

Pasteur Gillings Day: a celebration of visionary philanthropy

April 21, 2015 The Institut Pasteur, in Paris, hosted Dennis and Mireille Gillings on April 20 for “Pasteur Gillings Day,” a special event with activities including scientific presentations and tours of the Pasteur Museum, the Global Health Center and other important facilities. The celebration followed the formalization of a long-standing partnership between the Institut Pasteur’s… Read more »

Doctoral Candidate, US Army Major works on safer water for troops

When U.S. soldiers are fighting on the battlefield or behind enemy lines, they can encounter a challenge that’s almost as hazardous as enemy fire, air strikes or improvised explosive devices (IEDs): contaminated water. But a U.S. Army major is now enrolled in a PhD program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where… Read more »

Combined sewer systems increase risk of illness after heavy rains, study finds

April 20, 2015 A new study finds that combined sewer systems can contaminate drinking water supplies with bacteria and viruses, causing severe community health impacts. Combined sewer systems collect both sewage and stormwater runoff before reaching treatment facilities. When heavy rains overload the capacity of such systems, untreated contents may be discharged into local bodies… Read more »

Barr, Greenberg awards presented at 47th Foard Lecture

April 20, 2015 At the 47th annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture on April 16, the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health announced the winners of two highly prized annual awards. Janice V. Bowie, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of… Read more »

Rutstein receives PEO Scholar Award for women in higher education

April 17, 2015 Sarah Rutstein, a doctoral and medical student in the department of health policy and management at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health and at the UNC School of Medicine, is one of 85 doctoral students nationwide selected to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O.)… Read more »