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UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health names two Gillings Visiting Professors

October 02, 2008 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health has named James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., and Thomas C. Ricketts, Ph.D., as Gillings Visiting Professors. James Merchant, MD, DrPH Merchant was dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health at until July 2008 and is a… Read more »

UNC eating disorders program director receives national research award

  October 01, 2008 Cynthia Bulik, PhD Cynthia Bulik, PhD, director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eating Disorders Program, has received the 2008 Price Family Award for Research Excellence from the National Eating Disorders Association. Bulik is a professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and… Read more »

UNC hosts safe drinking water symposium

October 30, 2008 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment is hosting a symposium on solving the challenges of providing safe drinking water to the world’s population. The event, “Safe and Sustainable Drinking Water in Developing and Developed Countries: Where Science Meets Policy” will take place Nov. 5 and 6,… Read more »

UNC celebrates naming of Gillings School of Global Public Health

September 26, 2008 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has officially named its school of public health the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in recognition and appreciation of a $50 million gift from Dennis Gillings and Joan Gillings. Joan Gillings and Dennis Gillings The Gillingses pledged the gift, the largest single… Read more »

Heart attack victims on Medicaid, from poor areas, face longer delays reaching hospital: study

September 25, 2008 People with Medicaid insurance and living in neighborhoods with lower household incomes appear less likely to reach the hospital within two hours of having a heart attack, according to a new study. Kathryn Rose, PhD Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health say patients tend… Read more »

New UNC laboratory to help track and control tropical diseases

September 25, 2008 Steven R. Meshnick, MD, PhD The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health has established a new Gillings Innovation Lab to track and map tropical infectious diseases such as malaria, using state-of-the-art molecular and demographic methods. Better information about the prevalence and location of diseases will help national… Read more »

Kotch selected for national maternal and child health award

September 24, 2008   Dr. Jonathan Kotch Jonathan B. Kotch, MD, MPH, has been named winner of the 2008 Martha May Eliot Award by the American Public Health Association. The award honors exceptional achievements in maternal and child health. Kotch, professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, will accept the award at the… Read more »

UNC study: parenting can override effect of genes in how babies respond to stress

September 22, 2008 Everyone gets stressed, even babies. Dr. Carolyn Halpern Now, it appears how infants respond to stress is linked to their having a particular form of a certain gene, according to a new study co-authored by Carolyn Halpern, PhD, associate professor of maternal and child health. Just as significantly, researchers say they also… Read more »

Preventing falls by older adults is topic of UNC Grand Rounds online

September 18, 2008 Each year, one in three Americans age 65 and older fall, and 30 percent of them suffer injuries requiring medical attention. How the public health community is responding to this growing health issue is the subject of an online broadcast on Sept. 25, titled “Help older adults live better, longer: prevent falls… Read more »

Siega-Riz named epidemiology associate chair

September 18, 2008   Dr. Siega-Riz Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, has been named associate chair of the Department of Epidemiology, effective Oct. 1, 2008, department chair, Andrew Olshan, PhD, has announced. Siega-Riz, an associate professor of epidemiology and of nutrition, is head of the department’s reproductive epidemiology program and director of the reproductive, perinatal and… Read more »