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Epidemiology student selected for Forbes ’30 under 30′ list of rising stars

January 11, 2016 Mugdha Gokhale, MS, doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as one of Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30” people to watch in health care. Magazine representatives screened more than 15,000 entrepreneurs, creative leaders and bright stars younger than 30, and selected 600 winners… Read more »

Study reveals impacts of Mexico’s sugar-sweetened beverage tax after one year

January 6, 2016 A new study co-led by researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is the first comprehensive, peer-reviewed study to examine the immediate effects of Mexico’s tax on all non-alcoholic beverages containing added sugar. The full study, titled “Beverage purchases from stores under the Mexican sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax: A… Read more »

Hamer, research professor of biostatistics, passes away

January 6, 2015 Robert M. Hamer, PhD, research professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and professor of psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine, died in his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Dec. 28, 2015. He was 65 years old. Hamer earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology… Read more »

MCH’s Zvara invited to serve on CDC panel

January 4, 2016 Bharathi J. Zvara, PhD, research assistant professor of maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been invited to serve on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Expert Panel. The NHIS, one of the major data collection programs of… Read more »

Study finds urine sampling can be effective screening tool for high-risk HPV

December 18, 2015 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that urine testing for high-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) detection could provide a non-invasive, simple method for cervical cancer screening. Members of the team, including principal investigator Jennifer S. Smith, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of… Read more »

Activity trackers are better at counting steps than measuring sleep, study finds

December 18, 2015 Wearable activity trackers that promise to monitor physical activity, sleep and more are becoming increasingly popular with health-conscious consumers. A recent study led by researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and RTI International found that the trackers are better at measuring some metrics than others. Kelly Evenson, PhD,… Read more »

ESE’s Turpin to serve on EPA panel

December 16, 2015 Barbara Turpin, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering (ESE) at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed for a three-year term of service on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Particulate Matter Review Panel, part of the EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). The CASAC committees provide independent… Read more »

Study finds that Mexico’s excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages was imposed directly only on consumers in urban areas

December 16, 2015 In the context of a very high prevalence of obesity and diabetes in Mexico, coupled with a high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in the country, the Mexican government in January 2014 implemented a one-peso-per-liter excise tax on all nonalcoholic beverages that contain added sugar, including powder, concentrates and ready-to-drink beverages. Researchers from… Read more »

Outreach by Gillings students brings holiday cheer

December 15, 2015 Students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health recently coordinated three separate drives to promote holiday spirit in the local community. In mid-November, the School’s student government and the Department of Health Policy and Management student council collaborated on a food drive. Project leaders spurred a friendly competition among the… Read more »

Bentley named secretary/treasurer of CUGH executive committee

December 15, 2015 Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, PhD, has been named the next secretary/treasurer of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). Bentley is the Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She also is associate dean of global health for the School and associate… Read more »