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Two epidemiology postdocs win research excellence awards

November 12, 2014 Anne Justice, PhD, and Vineet Menachery, PhD, postdoctoral fellows in epidemiology at the Gillings School, have received The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 2014 Postdoctoral Awards for Research Excellence. They will accept their awards from Barbara Entwisle, PhD, distinguished professor of sociology and vice chancellor for research, and Mark Heise,… Read more »

ESE doctoral students awarded inaugural Dennis and Mireille Gillings fellowships for work at Institut Pasteur

November 11, 2014 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill doctoral students Maya Nadimpalli and Patsy Polston are inaugural recipients of the prestigious Dennis and Mireille Gillings Global Public Health Fellowships, a collaboration between UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Pasteur Foundation, the U.S. affiliate of Institut Pasteur. The fellowships include the… Read more »

Partnerships, cancer research in Malawi to expand with new NCI grant

November 10, 2014 UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases have received a $3.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study the growing worldwide cancer problem and expand the University’s efforts in Malawi to study and treat HIV-associated cancers. Andrew Olshan, PhD, Barbara Sorenson… Read more »

Gift from Joan Gillings will initiate renovation of Rosenau auditorium

November 10, 2014 Philanthropist and businesswoman Joan Gillings has pledged $1.2 million to renovate Rosenau auditorium, a much-used classroom and event space at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Construction on the room is expected to begin this fall. “I am deeply honored to provide the support necessary to undertake renovation of the auditorium,”… Read more »

Patients who get free meds comply with dosing schedule, as regularly as those who pay

November 10, 2014 Patients receiving free or low-cost medications may not follow their prescriptions perfectly, but they’re not much different than patients who have insurance, according to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Morris Weinberger, PhD, Vergil N. Slee Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Quality Management in the Gillings School of… Read more »

HB alumna to lead CDC training and development team

Nov. 7, 2014 Rhondette L. Jones, MPH, Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has been selected as the new leader for the training and development team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, effective Nov. 30. Jones has been a health education specialist in CDC’s capacity-building branch for… Read more »

NIOSH awards Nylander-French $1M to study susceptibility to toxic compounds

November 6, 2014 The National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety has awarded more than $1 million to a UNC researcher for two studies to find biomarkers that might help determine which workers are most susceptible to diseases caused by toxins in automotive spray paints and other surface coatings. Leena Nylander-French PhD, CIH, professor of… Read more »

Nearly 5 percent of U.S. children have some form of fetal alcohol exposure disorder, study finds

November 6, 2014 Far more children may have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in the U.S. than was previously thought, according to a new study at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Philip A. May, PhD, research professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and colleagues found that… Read more »

UNC receives USDA funding to help prevent obesity in families receiving government assistance

November 6, 2014 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been chosen to house one of four new Regional Centers of Excellence in Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention to help nutritional assistance services improve obesity prevention efforts for families receiving these subsidies. The center, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute… Read more »

Postpartum obesity can lead to breast cancer, study finds

November 6, 2014 Though it has long been thought that pregnancy can reduce the chance of breast cancer, a new study finds this may not be so, at least for a specific type of breast cancer. The study, led by Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at The University of North Carolina at Chapel… Read more »