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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.

Health behavior students awarded record $325K to teach health education through technology

Elizabeth Chen, MPH, and Cristina Leos, MSPH, health behavior doctoral students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have won a $325,000 award from Innovation Next, a program of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The award is the largest ever made to a student or a student group at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

UNC’s Gillings School number one public school of public health for NIH funding

September 7, 2016 Once again, the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health is the number one public school of public health when it comes to funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH provided the data for the 2015 Fiscal Year and UNC’s Gillings School was listed as the number… Read more »

NCI renews grant for genomics and cancer research training program at Gillings School

September 2, 2016 The Department of Biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has been awarded a renewal of the “Biostatistics for Research in Genomics and Cancer” grant by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health. The five-year training program is led by principal investigator Joseph G. Ibrahim,… Read more »

Powell named associate director of Center for Health Equity Research

September 1, 2016 Wizdom Powell, PhD, associate professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named associate director of the UNC Department of Social Medicine’s Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) and research associate professor of social medicine in the UNC School of Medicine. Powell also is member… Read more »

International study finds 20 genetic regions, across all ethnic ancestries, associated with kidney function

September 1, 2016 A large international collaboration marks the first study of kidney function involving individuals from four continents. After examining kidney function in African, Asian, European and Hispanic individuals, researchers found 20 genetic regions that affect kidney function and are common across all ethnic ancestries. The full paper, titled “Trans-ethnic fine-mapping highlights kidney function… Read more »

CDC funds sexual violence study at UNC’s Injury Prevention Research Center

September 1, 2016 The UNC Injury Prevention Research Center has been awarded a four-year, $1.79 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to examine the impact of a rape-prevention education program. The study will be conducted by faculty members from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC School… Read more »

NCIPH awarded Kate B. Reynolds grant to assist health programs in rural NC

August 31, 2016 The North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), the service and outreach arm of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a $192,265 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. The funding will enable two neighboring counties in eastern North Carolina to use data analysis and visualization… Read more »

Tully and colleagues receive NC TraCS award for infant side-car bassinet project

August 30, 2016 Kristin Tully, PhD, of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), has been recognized with the Improving Human Health Award, presented by the North Carolina Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tully is a research associate in the Department of Maternal and Child… Read more »