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School of Public Health students help bring fresh water to Cambodia

September 15, 2006 Four students and one alumnus from the School of Public Health recently returned from Cambodia, where they helped provide safer drinking water to 1200 students at a primary school outside Phnom Penh. Members of Engineers Without Borders, including Joe Brown, Josh Hunn, Reed Palmer, Jamie Perin and Angella Rinehold, worked with the… Read more »

Public Health Grand Rounds discusses how to prepare for pandemic influenza

CHAPEL HILL – Public health experts are predicting that the impact of pandemic influenza will be felt in every community by every citizen. Hospitals will be overwhelmed and pharmaceutical interventions will be in short supply. Critical infrastructure such as transportation, commerce, utilities, and public safety will be disrupted. On Friday, September 29, a program of… Read more »

UNC receives Gates Foundation grant to develop drugs for African sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis

September 14, 2006 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $21.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop effective, inexpensive drugs to treat late-stage African sleeping sickness and visceral leishmaniasis – diseases that infect and kill hundreds of thousands of people in developing nations.The grant supports the… Read more »

Special journal issue devoted to Management Academy for Public Health

September 14, 2006 The combination of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health’s experiences with health departments and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s approach to business principles applied to non-business settings, is the subject of a special issue of the September/October Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.   MAPH special issue of Journal of Public… Read more »

Study to compare effect of public health worker skills with local health department capacity

September 14, 2006 In an effort to understand better what factors influence a well- performing local public health agency, the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina was awarded a one-year, $102,500 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The study, to be conducted at the North Carolina Institute for Public… Read more »

UNC reaches new NIH funding high; School of Public Health ranks 6th among all universities

September 13, 2006 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received nearly $300 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in fiscal 2005, placing Carolina 15th overall and first among public universities in the South. The $296.6 million total, an all-time high, was a 2.3 percent increase over funding of $289.7… Read more »

Stevens named AICR Distinguished Professor

September 12, 2006 Photograph of June Stevens, PhD June Stevens, PhD, Chair of the Department of Nutrition, has been named American Institute for Cancer Research/World Cancer Research Fund Distinguished Professor by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees. The focus of the AICR distinguished professorship is to advance the understanding, nationally… Read more »

New system helps shoppers choose healthy foods

September 12, 2006 A Carolina School of Public Health nutrition faculty member played a key role in developing a new in-store nutrition navigation system for Hannaford Bros. Co., a Delhaize Group grocery chain. Photograph of Leslie Fischer, PhD, MPH, RD Leslie Fischer, PhD, MPH, RD, research assistant professor in the School’s Department of Nutrition, was… Read more »

Exercise may increase breast cancer survival for young women

September 11, 2006 Overweight or obese young women who report moderate or vigorous physical activity during the year prior to their breast cancer diagnosis have increased five-year survival, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found. The results show a modest improvement in long-term survival for all women ages 20 to… Read more »

UNC testing new treatment for Barrett’s esophagus

September 08, 2006   UNC Hospitals is leading a nationwide clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of radiofrequency ablation against standard treatment for Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that can lead to deadly gastrointestinal cancer.   Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which repeated acid reflux causes the cells that normally line the esophagus to be… Read more »