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Professor will use new UNC Gillings ‘Borrow-a-Bike’ Program during commencement weekend

April 26, 2016 “I’m considering getting myself cloned,” laughed Alice Ammerman, DrPH. Ammerman, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, has a dilemma – albeit a delightful one – regarding her schedule for May 7. Four of Ammerman’s… Read more »

Hart, new Burch Fellow, to partner with traditional healers in Tarapoto, Peru

April 22, 2016 For Sarah Hart, it was a confluence of luck and good planning that resulted in her pending trip to Peru. Last December, she saw a posting about an internship working with traditional medicine and community health in the Amazon. For Hart, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in heath policy and management… Read more »

Inan awarded P.K. Sen Distinguished Visiting Professorship

April 22, 2016 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health welcomes Gul Inan, PhD, to the Department of Biostatistics as the P.K. Sen Distinguished Visiting Professor in Biostatistics. Inan will serve in this position until June 14, 2016, during which time she will conduct research and interact with Gillings School faculty and students and… Read more »

Increased saturated fat intake linked to aggressive prostate cancer

April 20, 2016 Eating a diet higher in saturated fat — a type of fat found commonly in foods such as fatty beef and cheese — was linked to more aggressive prostate cancer, found a study by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The preliminary results were… Read more »

20-year observation of adults in China shows physical activity levels in decline

April 19, 2016 As rapid cultural shifts take place in China, the country’s aging population is becoming less likely to engage in physical activity, finds a new study that followed more than 60,000 adults in China across two decades of their lives. The study did not examine physical activity in isolation, but instead analyzed changing… Read more »

Burch Fellowship enables Senthilnathan to conduct research in Tamil Nadu, India

April 19, 2016 When the Gillings Global Gateway™ invited an administrator from Aravind Eye Care System in Tamil Nadu, India, to present a seminar at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Aditi Senthilnathan was intrigued. The undergraduate student of biostatistics considered her family connections in Tamil Nadu, her fluency in Tamil, and her… Read more »

Beck elected as ASN director-at-large

April 18, 2016 Melinda Beck, PhD, professor and associate chair of nutrition in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected as a director-at-large in the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), effective June 1, for a two-year term. The ASN, with more than 5,000 members, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing… Read more »

Distributing self-test kits to women can promote HIV testing among men in Kenya, study finds

April 18, 2016 Self-testing is emerging as a promising approach to increasing HIV testing rates among men in sub-Saharan Africa. In a new study led by Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, researchers analyzed whether providing multiple self-testing kits to women who are at high risk of HIV acquisition… Read more »

PHLP students plan, present public health exhibits at the UNC Science Expo

April 18, 2016 Where can you find healthy vegetable and beverage recipes, learn how to lift a box without injuring your back and figure out how vaccinations work? Why, at the annual North Carolina Science Festival’s UNC Science Expo, of course! For four years, Lori Evarts, MPH, clinical assistant professor in the UNC Gillings School… Read more »

Gillings to present School’s commencement address on May 7

April 18, 2016 Dennis Gillings, PhD, CBE, will present the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s commencement address on Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m. in Carmichael Arena. A visionary in the contract research organization industry, Gillings is co-founder and former executive chair of Quintiles Transnational, the world’s largest biopharmaceutical services company. Prior to… Read more »