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UNC researchers receive $61M grant to identify effective treatments for asthma

October 2, 2017
Dr. Anastasia Ivanova will lead a five-year, $61 million study to identify more effective treatments for asthma attacks and will do so by combining two important tools — precision medicine and ‘big data’ analysis. The work is funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Chair of maternal and child health to co-lead grant investigating sexual/gender identity, socioeconomic status and health

October 2, 2017
A new award co-funded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, co-led by Dr. Carolyn Halpern, will explore how sexual orientation/gender identity and socioeconomic status intersect and contribute to health and disease across the life course.

Pence, Hosseinipour to lead NIMH grant on mental health treatment in sub-Saharan Africa

September 28, 2017
Dr. Brian Pence will serve as co-principal investigator for a five-year, $3.6 million grant awarded by the National Institute of Mental Health to the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. The project focuses on implementation science research and capacity building around mental health treatment delivery in Malawi and Tanzania.

Awards recognize outstanding postdoctoral researchers, mentors at Gillings School

September 28, 2017
One postdoctoral scholar and two postdoctoral faculty mentors from the Gillings School have received awards from UNC’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Doctoral student selected as RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar

September 26, 2017
Mya Roberson, epidemiology doctoral student, was one of 40 graduate students selected from across the U.S. to participate in the Health Policy Research Scholars program. The program, led by George Washington University, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, prepares the next generation of public health leaders to tackle persistent health challenges by creating innovative solutions through their research.

Grasty named Gillings School’s associate dean for advancement

September 26, 2017
Karissa Grasty has been named associate dean for advancement at the Gillings School, effective Nov. 1. She currently serves as assistant dean for advancement for both The University of Miami’s College of Engineering and its School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Lancet report charts path toward health for sub-Saharan countries

September 26, 2017
Dr. Irene Agyepong, Gillings School alumna, is lead author of a new, comprehensive report that charts a roadmap for improved health among sub-Saharan Africans. Published in The Lancet, the report was co-authored by a number of public health researchers and policy makers around the world.

The Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders initiative transforming local public health leadership across US

September 21, 2017
Public health leaders from local health departments across the country convened in Chapel Hill to continue training to advance innovative new models within their agencies and in their communities.

Coleman to present ICBL’s Van Deenen Lecture in Helsinki

September 20, 2017
Dr. Rosalind Coleman will deliver the prestigious L. Van Deenen Lecture at the 2018 International Conference on the Bioscience of Lipids, to be held in September 2018, in Helsinki, Finland.

NIAID renews 5-year grant for research on emerging viruses

September 19, 2017
Dr. Ralph Baric is co-principal investigator on a grant that will develop new mouse models that replicate the genetic diversity found in humans and validate precision medicine models that predict human gene function following infection by emerging pathogens.