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July 9, 2014 Wizdom Powell, PhD, assistant professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a Professional of the Year Award from the American Psychological Association. She will accept the award at the national APA conference in Washington, D.C., Aug. 7-10, during which she also will present a… Read more »

July 8, 2014 Dwight (D.J.) McFadden III, MD, MPH, health commissioner in Holmes County, Ohio, is among those Gillings School alumni who are putting their education at UNC to good use. McFadden, who received a Master of Public Health in epidemiology at the Gillings School in 1997, now works to manage a measles epidemic in… Read more »

July 8, 2014 A new study confirms the extent to which infectious diseases contribute to maternal mortality in Mozambique and the need to increase coverage of maternal health services focused on HIV and malaria. Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD, research assistant professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child… Read more »

July 7, 2014 Barbershops and beauty salons have long been seen as excellent venues for handing out health information and increasing community awareness. But how effective are these settings at getting the word out and improving health outcomes? Laura A. Linnan ScD, professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health… Read more »

July 3, 2014 Three Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members are among the most-cited researchers in the sciences and social sciences, according to data collected by Thomson Reuters. They are Gerardo Heiss, MD, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of epidemiology; Yun Li, PhD, assistant professor of biostatistics and of genetics (UNC School of Medicine);… Read more »

July 1, 2014 James Thomas, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, is the principal investigator on a five-year, $180 million award for the Carolina Population Center’s Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results (MEASURE) Evaluation project from the U.S. Agency for International Development… Read more »

June 30, 2014 Obesity, epidemic in the U.S. and worldwide, is one of the important modifiable risk factors for breast cancer, especially a particularly aggressive subtype called basal-like breast cancer (BBC). Population studies have suggested that lifestyle interventions, including weight loss, could prevent a large proportion of this type of cancer; however, data on the… Read more »

June 30, 2014 Wizdom Powell, PhD, assistant professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a National Institutes of Health grant to study how neighborhoods and daily stress affect substance abuse by black men. The five-year award is for $775,602. Powell’s research has focused upon a number of… Read more »

June 28, 2014 Sarah Rutstein, health policy and management doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and medical student in UNC’s School of Medicine, has been awarded the AIDS 2014 Young Investigator Award by the International Aids Society (IAS) and the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis… Read more »

June 27, 2014 Two new studies on e-cigarettes by researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health are among the first to examine the availability of these products nationwide and how advertisements are affecting consumer perceptions. Both were published in a special July issue of the journal Tobacco Control. The first study, “The availability… Read more »