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Five-year heart health study shows promise in eastern NC

April 28, 2015 A long-term study out of Lenoir County, North Carolina, has found promising possibilities for reducing cardiovascular disease risk in the eastern part of the state. Alice Ammerman, DrPH, professor of nutrition at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention,… Read more »

Biostatistics research recognized as ‘Top 10’ by Clinical Research Forum

April 27, 2015 The Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC), housed within the biostatistics department at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, is the data-coordinating center for the Randomized Intervention for children with Vesicourteral Reflux (RIVUR) trial that recently received a Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award for 2015. The awards, presented by… Read more »

Orphaned boys in low- and middle-income countries as vulnerable to abuse as girls, study finds

April 26, 2015 Orphaned children in low- and middle-income countries face a high risk of trauma, with physical and sexual abuse being by far the most prevalent traumatic events. New research shows that orphaned boys in these settings are just as likely to experience abuse as girls. As a result, the authors suggest targeting more… Read more »

HPM students rack up two more case competition wins

April 24, 2015 There is no stopping those health policy and management students! During the weekend of April 18-19, the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, which has fielded a number of winning case management teams over the last decade, did it again – twice. In both instances, the… Read more »

Han, biostatistics undergraduate, named 2015 Goldwater Scholar

April 24, 2015 Larry Han, a junior in the biostatistics department at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship. Han is one of three students from UNC-Chapel Hill to receive the honor in 2015. The award is given by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education… Read more »

Weinberger wins UNC Award for Advising Excellence

April 23, 2015 “Dr. Weinberger has been the single greatest part of my experience at the Gillings School,” read the nomination letter from Sowmya Mangipudi, an undergraduate pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree from the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. “Not only is his door always open,” she… Read more »

Smith receives NCI funding to study use of HPV self-collection in cervical cancer screening

April 23, 2015 Jennifer Smith, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a large RO1 grant, “Effect of HPV Self-Collection on Cervical Cancer Screening in High-Risk Women,” from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The funds will support a five-year randomized control trial in North… Read more »

In-hospital cirrhosis deaths drop 41 percent from 2002 to 2012, study finds

April 22, 2015 A new study led by a UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researcher has found dramatic improvements in the survival of patients with cirrhosis and liver failure. Study findings support improved treatment strategies for patients with cirrhosis and concurrent bacterial infections. Monica Schmidt, MPH, doctoral candidate in health policy and management… Read more »

Mitchell awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for biostatistics

April 22, 2015 Shaina Mitchell is one of twelve statistics students in the United States to win a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship in 2015. The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the U.S. The program… Read more »

4 billion at risk from substandard meds; researchers tackle the challenge

April 21, 2015 Falsified and low-quality medicines represent a public health pandemic, but – until recently – not many researchers were discussing solutions to the challenge. That changed April 20, with the online publication of “The Global Pandemic of Falsified Medicines: Laboratory and Field Innovations and Policy Perspectives,” a 17-article supplement of The American Journal… Read more »