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Treating depression improves quality of life for those with HIV, study finds

August 11, 2014 Antiretroviral treatment has transformed HIV from a death sentence to a chronic condition, enabling infected adults to pay more attention to their quality of life. Yet quality of life is affected strongly by depression, which plagues HIV-infected adults at a higher rate than the general population. A new study by Brian Pence,… Read more »

Characklis to lead new NSF-USDA grant

August 8, 2014 Gregory Characklis, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, will lead a team that has been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The interdisciplinary, multi-institution project, “Designing Robust… Read more »

UNC researchers investigate the unknowns of e-cigarettes

August 8, 2014 In an Aug. 7 article in Endeavors, Susan Hardy asks the question of the hour: To vape or not to vape? Her article, which draws on the work of health behavior professor Kurt Ribisl, PhD, and health behavior postdoctoral fellow Jessica Pepper, PhD, is partially reprinted below and is available in its… Read more »

Koch wins ASA’s Peace Award for outstanding contributions

Aug. 3, 2014 Gary G. Koch, PhD, professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named recipient of the American Statistical Society’s 2014 Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society. First presented in 2012, the Peace Award recognizes statisticians who have made substantial contributions… Read more »

HIV infections have dropped over last decade, finds JAMA study co-authored by Gillings School alumna

July 29, 2014 A study led by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that the rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the U.S. has decreased by one-third over the past decade, offering hope that the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. may be slowing down. Amy Lansky, PhD, alumna of the… Read more »

Iron deficiency can protect against malaria, study finds

July 25, 2014 Many clinical studies have explored the relationship between iron levels, iron supplementation and malaria. Taken together, data from these studies consistently have indicated that iron deficiency reduces malaria risk, while iron supplementation increases malaria susceptibility. Because of these observations, many public health programs in regions where malaria is endemic have suspended efforts… Read more »

Sue Hobbs writes final ‘On the Table’ column for News and Observer

July 24, 2014 It is the end of an era. For 11-and-a-half years, Suzanne Havala Hobbs, DrPH, professor of health policy and management and nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has written a weekly food-related column that appeared in the Raleigh News and Observer and the Charlotte Observer. In addition to faculty… Read more »

‘Gillings Sampler’ offers efficient, portable way to study impact of pollution on lung tissue

July 23, 2014 A team of researchers at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has designed and developed a system that uses electrostatics to study the toxicity of airborne pollutants. William Vizuete PhD, associate professor in the Gillings School’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and his colleagues developed the Gillings Sampler, the workings… Read more »

Silberman honored with NC Hospital Association’s Meritorious Service Award

July 22, 2014 Pam Silberman, JD, DrPH, immediate past president of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and clinical professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded the North Carolina Hospital Association’s 2014 Meritorious Service Award. The award is given each year to recognize outstanding… Read more »

School’s Alumni Board announces new members

July 21, 2014 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Alumni Association announced new members of its governing board recently, including a new president, Amy Lansky, PhD. The board represents the nearly 18,000 alumni of the School, meeting quarterly with the School’s leaders to address issues of importance to alumni and current students and… Read more »