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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 »

UNC study: text messaging may help children fight off obesity

November 11, 2008 Many children love sending and receiving text messages through their cell phones – sometimes to the great annoyance of their parents. Dr. Robert Hamer Dr. Dianne Ward But now a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests this technology could be used to reduce children’s chances of… Read more »

Faculty researchers teach second clinical trials methods course in Malawi

November 10, 2008 Dr. Steven Meshnick The second clinical trials methodology course for physician researchers in Malawi was taught by UNC researchers in Blantyre, Malawi, on Oct. 13-17. Steven Meshnick, PhD, MD, professor of epidemiology, designed and oversaw the program, which helps health care professionals in Malawi gain expertise in conducting successful clinical trials. Funding… Read more »

Epidemiology students receive CDC dissertation awards

November 10, 2008   Bonnie Joubert (left) and Susan Mason Bonnie Pedersen Joubert and Susan Marshall Mason, doctoral students in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Department of Epidemiology, have received Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dissertation research awards for their projects on mother-to-child transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and… Read more »