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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 »

Eng honored with APHA award

November 07, 2008 Dr. Geni Eng Eugenia Eng, DrPH, has received the 2008 Tom Bruce Award from the community-based public health caucus of the American Public Health Association. The award, established in 2006 to celebrate individuals who have made significant contributions to the caucus and the community-based public health movement, was presented on Oct. 27… Read more »

Mayer, former health policy faculty member, praised in national press

November 07, 2008 Michelle Mayer and husband Bill Steinbach Dr. Michelle Mayer was 39 years old when she died Oct. 11. She had many things to live for – a promising career, a devoted husband, two children aged 7 and 9. Until last year, Mayer had been a research assistant professor in the University of… Read more »

UNC contract to help UAE assess environmental health risks expanded

November 05, 2008 The contract between the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi and The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health has been expanded to include a broader range of assessments of health risks due to environmental factors in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), one of the fastest developing nations in the world. As… Read more »

School will make election coverage available Tuesday

November 03, 2008 Faculty, students and staff at the Gillings School of Global Public Health are invited to watch television coverage of the national and state elections on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The Cable News Network (CNN) broadcast will be shown in the Mayes Center (230 Rosenau Hall) all day until 5 p.m. and in Rosenau… Read more »

Millikan to lead study of breast cancer in black women

October 30, 2008 Dr. Robert Millikan A new study led by Dr. Robert Millikan that seeks to improve scientists’ understanding of breast cancer, including why the disease’s fatality rate is higher in African-American women, is getting underway in 44 counties in North Carolina. The project, named after the late Jeanne Hopkins Lucas, a North Carolina… Read more »

Bender named Fulbright Scholar

October 29, 2008   Dr. Deborah Bender Dr. Deborah Bender, research professor of health policy and management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach in China. Bender will lecture about putting public health policy into practice at Sichuan… Read more »

UNC sports medicine researchers named to national injury prevention center roster

October 22, 2008 A national sports injury prevention center has added two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers to its roster of experts.   Dr. Steve Marshall Steve Marshall, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed director of epidemiology and biostatistics at the… Read more »