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New UNC cancer initiative focuses on improving screening rates, reducing deaths

August 24, 2017
UNC researchers have launched the Carolina Cancer Screening Initiative, an ambitious, multi-pronged effort to improve cancer screening rates in North Carolina.

Evaluation of ‘Project Lazarus’ finds reduction in opioid-related deaths

August 24, 2017
An evaluation of North Carolina’s statewide Project Lazarus program found that two intervention strategies successfully reduced deaths from opioid overdose.

Study finds infants prescribed antibiotics less frequently following implementation of vaccination programs

August 24, 2017
Antibiotics were prescribed less frequently to infants in Denmark after the implementation of national vaccination programs, found a new study led by researchers from the Gillings School’s Department of Epidemiology.

Turpin wins ACS award for creative advances in science and technology

August 23, 2017
Dr. Barbara Turpin has been honored with the 2017 American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Sciences and Technology. She will be recognized at the ACS conference in New Orleans next March.

Meier wins ‘Outstanding Alumnus’ award from Columbia

August 22, 2017
Dr. Benjamin Meier, adjunct assistant professor in health policy and management, has received an outstanding alumnus award from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Myers named RWJF Health Policy Fellow

August 15, 2017
Dr. Allison E. Myers, alumna and adjunct assistant professor of health behavior, has been named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow. The fellowship will allow Myers to work in Washington, D.C., for a one-year period beginning Sept. 1 and to participate in federal policy processes.

Project Jumpstart students explore epidemiology in Meshnick Lab

August 14, 2017
Project Jumpstart brought a group of high school students from refugee families to the Gillings School for a tour of the Meshnick Lab.

Alumnus recognized for outstanding contributions to social marketing

August 11, 2017
Mike Newton-Ward, alumnus and adjunct faculty member at the Gillings School, was honored recently with an award for his contributions to social marketing.

Ribisl new chair for health behavior department

August 11, 2017
Dr. Kurt M. Ribisl has been named chair of the Gillings School’s Department of Health Behavior, effective July 1.

Impact of malaria and malnutrition upon birth weight in Africa and western Pacific

August 10, 2017
A new international study, co-led by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers and published Aug. 8 in PLOS Medicine, has analyzed the associations between malaria, malnutrition and birth outcomes in women in Africa and the western Pacific. Photo courtesy of the Netherlands Ministry for Foreign Affairs.