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Peer support engages disadvantaged, ‘hardly reached’ people and benefits their health

July 7, 2016 A recent study by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health shows that peer support is an especially effective strategy for helping people not easily reached by conventional prevention and health-care initiatives. The systematic review, published online May 19 in the July issue of the American Journal of Public… Read more »

Turpin to chair environmental sciences and engineering, pending approvals

July 7, 2016 Dean Barbara K. Rimer has announced her intention to appoint Barbara J. Turpin, PhD, as the new chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. The final appointment, to be effective Sept. 1, is pending approval by the UNC board… Read more »

Olshan elected president of Society for Epidemiologic Research

July 6, 2016 Andrew Olshan, PhD, Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor in Cancer Epidemiology and chair of the epidemiology department in the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER). SER is the oldest and largest general epidemiology society in North America…. Read more »

Mexico’s household consumption of junk food declined following 2014 nonessential food tax

July 5, 2016 The first large-scale study of a ‘junk food tax’ enacted in Mexico has revealed that purchases of taxed food items declined during the first year of implementation by 5.1 percent more than what would have been expected based on pre-tax trends. This change is especially significant in Mexico, where the prevalence of… Read more »

Unprecedented alliance of scientists, physicians, health advocates agree: Toxic chemicals are hurting brain development

July 1, 2016 An unprecedented alliance of leading scientists, medical experts and children’s health advocates agree for the first time that today’s scientific evidence supports a link between exposures to toxic chemicals in food and everyday products and children’s risks for neurodevelopmental disorders. Stephanie M. Engel, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School… Read more »

Cilenti to lead $1.74M HRSA grant to support maternal and child health workforce development

June 29, 2016 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health has been awarded a one-year, $1.74 million cooperative agreement from the Division of Workforce Development, part of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The award, which will support workforce development for state maternal… Read more »

Risk of death for adults with blood cancer higher in three NC regions

June 28, 2016 Across North Carolina, the risk of death from the most common form of acute leukemia in adults was significantly higher in three regions of the state, according to a retrospective study by researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Anne Marie Meyer, PhD, research assistant professor of epidemiology… Read more »

Gillings alumna LaVange elected ASA president

June 28, 2016 Lisa LaVange, PhD, 1983 alumna and former professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected the 113th president of the American Statistical Association (ASA). LaVange, who also served as the former director of the UNC Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center, will serve the ASA as president-elect… Read more »

Gillings epidemiologist explains Zika virus basics

You’ve probably heard of Zika fever in the last few months. It’s a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread through mosquito bites. Allison Aiello, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She’s also an expert on how viruses travel through populations…. Read more »

Chen to represent Gillings School as 2016 Point Scholar

June 28, 2016 The Point Foundation, the largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students, has announced its 2016 Scholars. May Chen, doctoral student of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named the Janssen Therapeutics Point Scholar. Chen is one of 22 students hailing… Read more »