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Birnbaum appointed NIEHS director

  December 04, 2008   Dr. Linda Birnbaum Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD, adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, has been appointed as director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), effective January 2009. As director, she will oversee a $730 million budget that funds multidisciplinary biomedical research programs and… Read more »

N.C. Institute for Public Health’s Active Living By Design to manage new RWJF awards

December 03, 2008 Families bicycle together in an urban setting Nine communities across the United States have been awarded up to $400,000 each by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to lead an ambitious effort to reverse the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic. The program, part of a $44 million initiative, is managed by the University… Read more »

Webcast examines role of public health in declining economy

December 01, 2008 <p”> The Public Health Leadership Institute and the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health will produce a series of webcasts, beginning Dec. 15, that describe how public health leaders, practitioners and those in government and public health… Read more »

Researchers recreate SARS virus, open door for potential defenses against future strains

November 25, 2008 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University Medical Center have synthetically reconstructed the bat variant of the SARS coronavirus (CoV) that caused the SARS epidemic of 2003. The scientists say designing and synthesizing the virus is a major step forward in their ability to find effective… Read more »

Saad wins Rhodes Scholarship

November 23, 2008 Aisha Saad Aisha Ihab Saad has trekked the Amazon region, hiked the Rockies and the Himalayas and climbed a volcano in Peru. Now, these and other accomplishments, both academic and extracurricular, have helped boost the senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to the ultimate summit for college students…. Read more »

Saad wins Rhodes Scholarship

November 23, 2008 Aisha Saad Aisha Ihab Saad has trekked the Amazon region, hiked the Rockies and the Himalayas and climbed a volcano in Peru. Now, these and other accomplishments, both academic and extracurricular, have helped boost the senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to the ultimate summit for college students…. Read more »

Master’s degree in clinical research to enroll students for fall 2009

November 14, 2008 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (TraCS) Institute together have announced a new Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR). This new degree-granting program, the purpose of which is to help professionals from all fields develop clinical research skills, is inviting applications… Read more »

Nutrition Research Institute shows that eating healthy can taste good, too

November 13, 2008 Dr. Steve Zeisel Good nutrition doesn’t have to be bland or boring, believes Steve Zeisel, MD, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of nutrition and director of the UNC Nutrition Research Institute on the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis, N.C. On Nov. 13, Zeisel welcomed Peter Reinhart, a chef-on-assignment in the culinary arts program… Read more »

UNC department designated World Health Organization Collaborating Center

November 12, 2008 The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as its newest Collaborating Center. The center, established in the department’s home in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will help the United Nations agency use the… Read more »

UNC scientists to help set national research agenda for cancer care

November 12, 2008 Dr. William Carpenter The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been selected as one of two cancer research sites by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to help set the cancer care national research agenda and carry out accelerated practical studies examining the comparative effectiveness of cancer… Read more »