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Seven from Gillings School receive Impact Awards; fellowships presented to other public health scholars

March 23, 2016 Students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health earned seven of the 17 Impact Awards presented by the Graduate School in 2016. The awards, made possible by the Graduate Education Advancement Board, recognize graduate students for outstanding contributions to the state of North Carolina. The seven public health Impact Award… Read more »

Gillings health behavior researchers study HIV testing, intimate partner violence in Tanzania

March 23, 2016 HIV testing and intimate partner violence are the public health issues that Marta Mulawa, a doctoral candidate of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, targeted in two recently-published papers. Mulawa based both articles on data from a Tanzania-based study led by her adviser Suzanne Maman, PhD, associate… Read more »

Singer invited to advise about water issues in Flint

March 19, 2016 Philip C. Singer, PhD, professor emeritus of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been invited by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to serve on a committee providing guidance on long-term solutions to the water issues in Flint, Mich. Singer, who was a member of… Read more »

Ward Cates, public health champion and beloved mentor, is dead at 73

March 18, 2016 The world has lost a public health champion, pioneer researcher in the fields of HIV/AIDS and women’s reproductive health, and compassionate mentor and friend. Willard (Ward) Cates Jr., MD, MPH, distinguished scientist and president emeritus of FHI 360, died on March 17, 2016, at the age of 73. Dr. Cates earned Doctor… Read more »

When real-world data and research collide: An interview with Mugdha Gokhale

This article, by Alyssa LaFaro, was originally posted in Endeavors magazine on March 8. Mugdha Gokhale sat on a plane headed to Raleigh with her husband and 1-year-old daughter when an email from Forbes magazine popped up in her inbox. “Congrats!” it announced. She read on to learn she had been nominated for and received… Read more »

Getting there: What does it take to care for mothers and their babies in remote Ghana?

March 15, 2016 This article, by Mary Lide Parker, was originally posted in Endeavors magazine on March 8. In a small village in southern Ghana, a 29-year-old pregnant woman named Vivian goes into labor at 2 a.m. Her husband is visiting Ghana’s capital city, Accra, over 100 miles away. With no means of transportation, Vivian,… Read more »

UNC epidemiology study: New SARS-like virus may be nearly ready to infect humans

A study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that a SARS-like virus known as WIV1-CoV, which is found in horseshoe bats, could bind to the same receptors as SARS-CoV and replicate in human cells without the need for adaptation. Thought to be a critical barrier, the results indicate… Read more »

Gillings researchers find link between number of births and heart disease risk factors in Hispanic/Latina population

March 10, 2016 Six researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors of a recently published article linking the numbers of times Hispanic/Latina women give birth with their likelihood of developing a specific set of risk factors for heart disease. The lead author is Catherine Vladutiu, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of… Read more »

GillingsX highlights innovation at school of public health

March 10, 2016 On Wednesday, March 9, five speakers at the annual GillingsX event shared how they apply innovative approaches to the field of public health, both locally and globally. The GillingsX talks, which are similar in format to TED Talks, offer pithy, engaging takes on complex subjects. This year, students and faculty of the… Read more »

Doctoral student wins award for papers in Nutrition Research journal

March 4, 2016 Daniel Lupu, MD, doctoral student in nutrition, has received the 2015 David Kritchevsky Graduate Student Award from the journal Nutrition Research for two articles published in the November 2015 issue of the journal. The winning papers were part one and part two of the study, “Genetic and epigenetic transgenerational implications related to… Read more »