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Project Jumpstart students explore epidemiology in Meshnick Lab

August 14, 2017
Project Jumpstart brought a group of high school students from refugee families to the Gillings School for a tour of the Meshnick Lab.

Alumnus recognized for outstanding contributions to social marketing

August 11, 2017
Mike Newton-Ward, alumnus and adjunct faculty member at the Gillings School, was honored recently with an award for his contributions to social marketing.

Ribisl new chair for health behavior department

August 11, 2017
Dr. Kurt M. Ribisl has been named chair of the Gillings School’s Department of Health Behavior, effective July 1.

Impact of malaria and malnutrition upon birth weight in Africa and western Pacific

August 10, 2017
A new international study, co-led by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers and published Aug. 8 in PLOS Medicine, has analyzed the associations between malaria, malnutrition and birth outcomes in women in Africa and the western Pacific. Photo courtesy of the Netherlands Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Study finds widening disparities in infant mortality and life expectancy between Appalachia, rest of US

August 8, 2017
A new study co-authored by Dr. Rebecca Slifkin confirms a widening gap in health equity between Appalachia and the rest of the United States. Slifkin and colleagues call for policy changes and financial support to help people who live in economically depressed regions. Photo courtesy of Virginia State Parks.

Aggressive breast cancers may contribute to racial survival disparities

August 4, 2017
A higher proportion of aggressive breast cancer subtypes are seen in black women, according to a study led by Dr. Melissa Troester. The study findings help to explain a gap in mortality that exists between black and white women with breast cancer and could lead to improved treatment approaches.

Gillings School alumna awarded Fogarty Global Health Fellowship

August 1, 2017
Dr. Amy Huber, 2017 alumna in epidemiology, is one of 18 recipients of a 2017-2018 UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellowship. The fellowship provides training opportunities in global health research for selected junior faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and predoctoral scholars. Huber will live and work in South Africa.

Climate change expected to increase premature deaths from air pollution

July 31, 2017
A new study by Dr. Jason West estimates that future climate change, if left unaddressed, is expected to cause roughly 60,000 deaths globally in the year 2030 and 260,000 deaths in 2100 due to climate change’s effect on global air pollution. The study adds to growing evidence that the overall health effects of a changing climate are likely to be overwhelmingly negative. Photo by Global Panorama.

Nichols awarded $330K grant to study birth outcomes of young women with cancer

July 28, 2017
Dr. Hazel Nichols has been awarded a three-year, $330,000 grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to examine the use of fertility preservation after a cancer diagnosis in adolescent and young adult (AYA) women.

School leaders welcome new faculty members, announce promotions

July 27, 2017
This list includes new faculty members and faculty promotions for the period between December 2016 and June 2017.