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New SARS-like virus can jump directly from bats to humans, no treatment available

Findings provide an opportunity to develop drugs and vaccines for coronaviruses before they emerge from animals to cause a human epidemic November 9, 2015 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a new bat SARS-like virus that can jump directly from its bat hosts to humans without mutation. However, researchers… Read more »

New podcast, ‘Public Health Behind the Scenes,’ launched this fall

November 9, 2015 The Gillings Global Gateway™ and the N.C. Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), both housed in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have collaborated to launch a new podcast called “Public Health Behind the Scenes.” “’Public Health Behind the Scenes’ offers a front-row seat into the exciting field of public health,”… Read more »

Kosorok recommended for third term as biostatistics chair

November 5, 2015 Michael R. Kosorok, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor and chair of biostatistics at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, will be reappointed for a third term as chair of his department, pending University approvals. Kosorok, who is also professor of statistics and operations research in the UNC College of Arts… Read more »

UNC-Chapel Hill selected as Center for New Leadership Initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

November 3, 2015 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to serve as the National Program Leadership Center for a new RWJF leadership initiative. In this capacity, it is anticipated that UNC-Chapel Hill will co-design and launch the New Clinical Scholars program, which will… Read more »

Study finds U.S. household food-shopping patterns shifting over time

November 2, 2015 Historically, nutrition programs and policies have focused on the need to build supermarkets in underserved areas in an effort to improve dietary quality in those communities. However, a recent study sheds more light on shifting household food-shopping patterns in the United States, and may bring changes to this traditional programmatic approach. Dalia… Read more »

Walmart’s healthier food initiative did not improve healthfulness of purchases, study finds

November 2, 2015 In recent years, more food retailers – including Walmart, Kroger and Safeway – have introduced initiatives to help consumers make healthier choices. Three researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have conducted the first independent evaluation of whether a retailer-based healthier foods initiative actually improved the types and nutritional… Read more »

Anderson, McGhee lead discussion about diversity and inclusion among UNC IT staff

October 30, 2015 Kathy Anderson, PhD, associate dean for information technology and project planning at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, says she engineers her schedule every year to make sure that she can attend UNC’s Carolina Technology Consultants (CTC) retreat, held this year on Oct. 27. Anderson said she is humbled and… Read more »

Three at Gillings School awarded NCI funding to study cancer disparities in African-Americans

October 29, 2015 Three women scientists at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health are among North Carolina researchers awarded a five-year, $11 million grant by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to understand and work to eliminate cancer disparities for African-Americans in the state. They are Jennifer S. Smith, PhD, research associate professor, and Melissa… Read more »

The key to drilling wells with staying power in the developing world

What happens after a well is drilled, fitted with a hand pump, and a community celebrates having access to clean water for the first time? Nearly half of them break down within a year. Where communities lack the capacity, resources, training, and support to repair such breakdowns, many of these wells may be rendered unusable… Read more »

Walmart’s packaged foods have become healthier, study finds; income, race still major predictors of food choices

October 27, 2015 The nutritional quality of packaged food at Walmart has improved since 2000, according to a new study by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers. That should be good news, given that Walmart and other major retail chains are the biggest sellers of foods purchased and eaten by U.S. consumers. The… Read more »