School News

Speizer named to RTI International’s 2016-2017 class of University Scholars

Dr. Ilene Speizer, research professor of maternal and child health, is one of six scholars selected to spend up to one academic year at RTI International, working on strategic research projects. Speizer will pursue an NIH grant for health interventions for young women in South Africa who engage in transactional sex.

Alumnus selected as distinguished professor at University of Alabama

Health policy and management alumnus Dr. Bob Hernandez has been appointed Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions. Hernandez earned a Doctor of Public Health degree at the Gillings School in 1981.

Extending municipal water service would reduce emergency room visits linked to contaminated wells, study finds

The state of North Carolina could prevent an estimated 2,920 annual emergency department visits by extending community water service to 10 percent of the population that currently relies on private wells. This finding comes from a recent study co-authored by a professor and two alumni of the Gillings School’s environmental sciences and engineering department.

Dilworth-Anderson leads mentoring breakfast at AAIC

The Gillings School’s Dr. Peggye Dilworth-Anderson recently co-led a mentoring breakfast for more than 200 participants during the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC).

Genetic variations specific to African ancestry may increase kidney disease risk in Hispanic, Latino populations

A new study has revealed that genetic alleles linked to African ancestry may contribute to chronic kidney disease among Hispanics and Latinos, especially those with roots in the Caribbean region. Study co-authors from the Gillings School are Drs. Nora Franceschini and Jianwen Cai.

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.