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Researchers identify new methodology for examining changes in lung cells after pollution exposure

Hang Nguyen, MS, doctoral student of environmental science and engineering in the Gillings School, is first author of a recent study that provided the initial test of a new methodology for examining the genomic response of lung cells to real-world mixtures of air pollutants.

Eng, Stafford, Cole and Darity honored at University Day event

Dr. Eugenia Eng and Paula Brown Stafford were honored at UNC’s University Day ceremony on Oct. 11. Eng, professor of health behavior, accepted the Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award. Stafford, a biostatistics alumna, was named one of UNC’s five distinguished alumni.

UNC Gillings’ Water Institute, World Vision partnership will improve clean water access in 10 African nations

A six-year grant from World Vision to The Water Institute at UNC will create a partnership to improve water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in several low- and middle-income countries, with a long-term goal of helping to solve the global water and sanitation crisis by 2030.

Sullivan appointed director of Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute

Catherine Sullivan, clinical assistant professor of maternal and child health at the Gillings School, has been named director of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI). She succeeds the late Dr. Miriam Labbok, CGBI’s founding director. CGBI was established in 2006, through the gift of an anonymous donor, to increase quality of care for women and children and to promote breastfeeding and breastfeeding research.

UNC Gillings students collaborate to promote awareness of gender-based violence

The UNC Gender-Based Violence Research Group will sponsor two events in October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

High up-front costs could delay access to life-saving blood cancer drugs for Medicare patients

A study led by Gillings School health policy and management researchers Aaron Winn and Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, found that cancer patients on Medicare’s Part D may face significant out-of-pocket costs before their insurance kicks in on the cost of expensive drug treatments.

WHO Collaborating Center awarded multimillion-dollar DHHS grant for implementation science

The Gillings School’s WHO Collaborating Center for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health has been awarded approximately $1.5 million per year for up to four years to establish a new family planning training center to be led by Dr. Herbert Peterson. The award is a key milestone in the WHO Collaborating Center’s efforts to enhance the health and well-being of mothers, babies and children globally and locally.

Study identifies most persuasive messages for parents considering HPV vaccine

Researchers from the Gillings School and UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified which messages are most likely to motivate parents to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for their children. The findings support physicians’ use of specific statements to increase uptake of the cancer-preventing vaccine series.

Particular HPV strain linked to improved prognosis for throat cancer

Gillings School researchers including Dr. Jose Zevallos and Dr. Andrew Olshan confirmed findings that a particular strain of HPV, a virus linked to a number of cancers, resulted in better overall survival for patients with oropharyngeal cancer than patients whose tumors contained other strains of the virus.

Linnan recognized as HERO for leadership in workplace health

Dr. Laura Linnan, professor of health behavior and associate dean for academic and student affairs at the UNC Gillings School, was honored Sept. 26 with a 2016 Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) research award for her leadership in the field of workplace health and well-being.