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Stamm discusses Zika virus in JAMA ‘Viewpoint’

May 19, 2016 Much media attention has been given to the spread of Zika virus in South America, but the mosquito-borne virus also poses a seasonal threat to more than 192 million people living in the southern United States. Becoming educated about the virus and its potential impact is an important step toward defending against… Read more »

Novant Health Gift Establishes Distinguished Lecturer at UNC Gillings

May 19, 2016 A gift from Novant Health will establish the “Novant Health Distinguished Lecturer Fund” at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The Novant Health Distinguished Lecturers will be chosen and presented by UNC Gillings Department of Health Policy and Management. The first of these will occur in the… Read more »

Duke’s Berger delivers Greenberg Distinguished Lectures

May 16, 2016 James O. Berger, PhD, winner of the 2016 Greenberg Distinguished Lecturer Award, presented three talks on May 12 and 13 as part of the 2016 Bernard G. Greenberg Distinguished Lecture Series. The series is hosted by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics. Berger, Arts and Sciences Professor… Read more »

Promise of nearly a year of life on targeted drug not reality for all liver cancer patients, study finds

May 16, 2016 For advanced liver cancer, there’s a single approved drug shown to offer patients a chance at longer life. But a new study co-authored by two researchers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health found that this drug was notably less effective in a group of Medicare patients, who likely had… Read more »

Smokers and former smokers show COPD-like symptoms despite otherwise normal lung function

May 11, 2016 About half of current or former smokers have respiratory symptoms similar to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and an increase of COPD-like symptom flare-ups, despite no COPD diagnosis and tests that show normal lung function. Those are the findings of a new study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine titled… Read more »

Powell awarded Rockefeller Foundation grant; will deliver congressional briefing

May 11, 2016 Wizdom Powell, PhD, associate professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, in Bellagio, Italy. Powell will use the residency, scheduled from April 11 to May 9, 2017, to further her research, “Transforming Social and Health-care… Read more »

Metabolic reprogramming of white blood cells controls inflammation in fat

May 11, 2016 Researchers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have found that it is possible to control inflammation in fat tissue by manipulating the presence of a specific metabolic protein in a type of white blood cell called a macrophage. This metabolic reprogramming may provide a crucial strategy for weakening the… Read more »

Gillings School bachelor’s students graduate as Buckley Scholars

May 10, 2016 Twenty of the 217 seniors who graduated on May 8 as Buckley Public Service Scholars were students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The Buckley Service Scholars program, part of the Carolina Center for Public Service, supports and strengthens Carolina students’ commitment to service by providing a framework in… Read more »

Kosorok to take year’s leave; Cai will serve as interim chair of biostatistics

May 10, 2016 Michael R. Kosorok, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor and chair of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will take a one-year leave from his role as chair, effective July 1. Kosorok plans to use the leave to study other biostatistics programs and to accelerate his own research… Read more »

Doctoral student aims to improve health of women, children in Cambodia through improved sanitation in health-care facilities

May 10, 2016 Hai-Ryung Sung, MPH, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, pursues water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) initiatives in Cambodia with the help of the Rotary International network that first brought her to Chapel Hill from Seoul, South Korea. Sung, who earned her Master… Read more »