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Gillings researchers to lead $1.2M grant to develop new analysis methods for eQTL studies

Drs. Andrew Nobel and Fred Wright, both faculty members in the UNC Gillings Department of Biostatistics, will lead a three-year, $1.2 million grant to address statistical challenges that arise in the analysis of next-generation expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) studies.

Racial gaps persist in how breast cancer survivors function and feel during and after treatment

Gillings School professors Drs. Bryce Reeve and Andrew Olshan led a study of several thousand breast cancer survivors in North Carolina. They found differences in how African-American and white women functioned and felt during their treatment and two years post-diagnosis.

UNC-led team to study California’s high agricultural productivity despite years of drought

Dr. Gregory Characklis will lead a three-year, $3 million National Science Foundation-funded study to examine the interdependency of systems that supply food, energy and water in California. His research team will consider how, despite years of drought, the state has seen increases in the production of farm-raised food. Is that situation sustainable?

Shafer co-authors research on adult e-cigarette use, effectiveness of anti-smoking digital video ads

Paul Shafer, doctoral student in health policy and management, studies media campaigns and policies related to smoking behaviors. He is co-author of two research studies published in September — one about the reasons adults use e-cigarettes and another on whether digital video advertising increases the reach of anti-smoking campaigns.

RWJF launches new leadership program: UNC to lead collaboration to build Culture of Health

Improving health and reducing persistent disparities in wellness and longevity across the United States requires clinical innovation and community transformation. The Clinical Scholars program, a new national leadership program led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has just selected its first cohort of fellows who will advance both.

Three UNC Gillings students selected for new national leadership program

How do we create better, more equitable health for all? That’s the question that will be explored by three Gillings School students who are part of the new Health Policy Research Scholars program. The program is led by Johns Hopkins University, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Eng, Stafford will be honored with awards at University Day event

Dr. Eugenia Eng and Paula Brown Stafford will be honored at UNC’s University Day ceremony on Oct. 11. Eng, professor of health behavior, will accept the Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award. Stafford, a biostatistics alumna, will be named one of UNC’s five distinguished alumni.

Kaufman, former chair of nutrition, dies at 91

Mildred Kaufman, MPH, advocate for public health nutrition and former nutrition faculty member and chair at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, passed away on Sept. 3, 2016, after several years of poor health.

West selected for NASA air quality and health team

Dr. Jason West, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School, was selected to join a new health and air quality applied sciences team (H-AQAST) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Medicaid expansion affects rural, urban hospitals differently, study finds

Brystana Kaufman, health policy and management doctoral student, is first author of a new article about the impact of Medicaid expansion. Kaufman’s findings reveal that, while Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was associated with fewer unpaid patient bills and higher Medicaid revenues in both rural and urban hospitals, rural hospitals had, on average, smaller reductions in unpaid bills.