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Study finds gaps in patients’ knowledge of breast reconstruction surgery and complications

January 12, 2016 A study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and their collaborators has called for the provision of better information about the pros and cons of breast reconstructive surgery to breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomy. In a study published in the journal Annals… Read more »

Paerl honored for contributions to Earth and space sciences

January 11, 2016 Hans Paerl, PhD, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and of marine sciences at UNC’s Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City, N.C., was honored Dec. 16, 2015, for his election to the American Geophysical Union (AGU), one… Read more »

Gillings School student, alumnus among first cohort of Schwarzman Scholars

January 11, 2016 The two UNC recipients of the inaugural Schwarzman Scholars program award both represent the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Larry Han, a senior, and Max Seunik, a 2015 alumnus, have been awarded the elite China-based scholarship, which is modeled after the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and founded by American financier and Blackstone… Read more »

MCH faculty members to lead $4.5M grant for evaluation of family planning in Africa

January 11, 2016 Two faculty members in maternal and child health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health will lead a project funded by a three-year, $4.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Sian Curtis, PhD, research associate professor, will serve as principal investigator,… Read more »

Croffut to join future public health leaders at CDC summit

January 11, 2016 Samantha Croffut, a graduate student of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as a delegate to the 2016 Millennial Health Leaders Summit. The event, which will be hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga., March 31 – April 1,… Read more »

Epidemiology student selected for Forbes ’30 under 30′ list of rising stars

January 11, 2016 Mugdha Gokhale, MS, doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as one of Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30” people to watch in health care. Magazine representatives screened more than 15,000 entrepreneurs, creative leaders and bright stars younger than 30, and selected 600 winners… Read more »

Study reveals impacts of Mexico’s sugar-sweetened beverage tax after one year

January 6, 2016 A new study co-led by researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is the first comprehensive, peer-reviewed study to examine the immediate effects of Mexico’s tax on all non-alcoholic beverages containing added sugar. The full study, titled “Beverage purchases from stores under the Mexican sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax: A… Read more »

Hamer, research professor of biostatistics, passes away

January 6, 2015 Robert M. Hamer, PhD, research professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and professor of psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine, died in his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Dec. 28, 2015. He was 65 years old. Hamer earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology… Read more »

MCH’s Zvara invited to serve on CDC panel

January 4, 2016 Bharathi J. Zvara, PhD, research assistant professor of maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been invited to serve on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Expert Panel. The NHIS, one of the major data collection programs of… Read more »

Study finds urine sampling can be effective screening tool for high-risk HPV

December 18, 2015 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that urine testing for high-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) detection could provide a non-invasive, simple method for cervical cancer screening. Members of the team, including principal investigator Jennifer S. Smith, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of… Read more »