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General Assembly establishes University Cancer Research Fund at UNC

August 01, 2007 The North Carolina General Assembly created the state’s first University Cancer Research Fund with the passage of the new state budget. The fund, established to accelerate the battle against cancer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine and its Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, will receive $25 million… Read more »

Leatt reappointed as chair of health policy and administration

August 01, 2007 Dr. Peggy Leatt has been reappointed for a second term as chair of the Department of Health Policy and Administration, Dean Barbara K. Rimer announced today. A professor in the department since 2002, Leatt began her first term as chair the following year. She also has served as the School’s associate dean… Read more »

Worldwide distribution of cervical cancer virus is consistent with vaccine targets

August 01, 2007 Dr. Jennifer Smith The variety of human papilloma viruses that cause invasive cervical cancer cases worldwide are largely consistent across continents, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This finding means that prophylactic vaccines currently available against these two most prevalent types of human papillomavirus… Read more »

Child abuse, neglect rise dramatically when Army parents deploy to combat

August 01, 2007 Confirmed incidents of child abuse and neglect among Army families increase significantly when a parent is deployed to a combat zone, according to a new study by researchers at RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health. Dr. Sandra Martin and Dr. Lawrence Kupper, professors… Read more »

McCracken, School of Public Health alumnus, tapped for UNC public safety post

July 27, 2007 Lt. Col. Jeff McCracken, deputy director of the Department of Public Safety at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and alumnus of the School of Public Health, has been named the university’s director of public safety and chief of police. McCracken, a law enforcement veteran with more than 15 years’… Read more »

2007 North Carolina Women’s Health Report Card gives mixed results

July 25, 2007 The good news: more women in North Carolina are being screened for cancer and infectious diseases, fewer women are dying from heart disease and stroke and the number of women who smoke has dropped substantially. The bad news: barriers to health care are worsening for poor and minority women. About 16 percent… Read more »

Former PhD student returns as dean of South Korean graduate school

  July 23, 2007 Dr. Young Moon Chae Dr. Young Moon Chae, dean of Yonsei University’s Graduate School of Public Health and a 1982 PhD graduate of UNC’s School of Public Health, visited campus recently with 44 of his students and faculty members. The students included Korean hospital administrators, health insurance officials, cancer center officials… Read more »

New way to target and kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria found

  July 09, 2007 Putting bacteria on birth control could stop the spread of drug-resistant microbes, and researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found a way to do just that. Image of biophosphonates, bacterial cell and DNA strand The team discovered a key weakness in the enzyme that helps “fertile”… Read more »

Research shows upgraded equipment at child care centers improves health

July 06, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Jonathon Kotch Children and staff at child care centers stay healthier when better equipment is available for diaper-changing, hand-washing and food preparation, according to an article published this week in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Jonathan Kotch, MD, professor of maternal and child health at… Read more »

Eunice Tyler, pioneering health educator at UNC, dies at 98

July 02, 2007   Photograph of Dr. Eunice Tyler The UNC School of Public Health has lost a pioneer in public health education with the passing of Eunice Nickerson (“Pickie”) Tyler, PhD, who died in Asheville, N.C., on June 21, at the age of 98. Dr. Tyler’s distinguished career at the School spanned more than… Read more »