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HB alumna to lead CDC training and development team

Nov. 7, 2014 Rhondette L. Jones, MPH, Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has been selected as the new leader for the training and development team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, effective Nov. 30. Jones has been a health education specialist in CDC’s capacity-building branch for… Read more »

NIOSH awards Nylander-French $1M to study susceptibility to toxic compounds

November 6, 2014 The National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety has awarded more than $1 million to a UNC researcher for two studies to find biomarkers that might help determine which workers are most susceptible to diseases caused by toxins in automotive spray paints and other surface coatings. Leena Nylander-French PhD, CIH, professor of… Read more »

Nearly 5 percent of U.S. children have some form of fetal alcohol exposure disorder, study finds

November 6, 2014 Far more children may have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in the U.S. than was previously thought, according to a new study at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Philip A. May, PhD, research professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and colleagues found that… Read more »

UNC receives USDA funding to help prevent obesity in families receiving government assistance

November 6, 2014 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been chosen to house one of four new Regional Centers of Excellence in Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention to help nutritional assistance services improve obesity prevention efforts for families receiving these subsidies. The center, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute… Read more »

Postpartum obesity can lead to breast cancer, study finds

November 6, 2014 Though it has long been thought that pregnancy can reduce the chance of breast cancer, a new study finds this may not be so, at least for a specific type of breast cancer. The study, led by Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at The University of North Carolina at Chapel… Read more »

Gillings Global Gateway™ to partner with RTI International on USAID contract

November 3, 2014 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and its Gillings Global Gateway™ are partnering with RTI International on a newly awarded U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) contract for services in Africa. RTI International is a prime contractor for Technical Assistance and Support for the Africa Region (TASC4 – AFRICA), which… Read more »

Characklis invited to attend National Academy of Sciences event

November 3, 2014 Greg Characklis, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been invited to participate in the U.S. Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium, the National Academy of Science’s premiere activity for distinguished young scientists. Attendees are selected by a committee of Academy members from among… Read more »

Prenatal arsenic exposure may lead to gene reprogramming in children, study finds

October 31, 2014 A new study at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health found that prenatal exposure to inorganic arsenic may lead to detrimental health effects and gene reprogramming in children. The findings were published Oct. 10 in Toxicological Sciences, the official journal of the Society of Toxicology. Rebecca Fry, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »

Improved mouse model will accelerate research on potential ebola vaccines, treatments

Oct. 31, 2014 In the war against Ebola, one important hurdle has just been cleared – by a mouse. A study published online Oct. 30 in Science magazine details how researchers from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and their colleagues have developed a new genetic strain of mice that will significantly improve… Read more »

New research center will explore ways to encourage healthy food choices

October 29, 2014 A new center will combine the expertise of researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University to develop strategies to promote healthy food choices, particularly among the 50 million Americans receiving federal food benefits. The Duke-UNC USDA Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research (BECR… Read more »