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International study finds 20 genetic regions, across all ethnic ancestries, associated with kidney function

September 1, 2016 A large international collaboration marks the first study of kidney function involving individuals from four continents. After examining kidney function in African, Asian, European and Hispanic individuals, researchers found 20 genetic regions that affect kidney function and are common across all ethnic ancestries. The full paper, titled “Trans-ethnic fine-mapping highlights kidney function… Read more »

CDC funds sexual violence study at UNC’s Injury Prevention Research Center

September 1, 2016 The UNC Injury Prevention Research Center has been awarded a four-year, $1.79 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to examine the impact of a rape-prevention education program. The study will be conducted by faculty members from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC School… Read more »

NCIPH awarded Kate B. Reynolds grant to assist health programs in rural NC

August 31, 2016 The North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), the service and outreach arm of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a $192,265 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. The funding will enable two neighboring counties in eastern North Carolina to use data analysis and visualization… Read more »

Tully and colleagues receive NC TraCS award for infant side-car bassinet project

August 30, 2016 Kristin Tully, PhD, of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), has been recognized with the Improving Human Health Award, presented by the North Carolina Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tully is a research associate in the Department of Maternal and Child… Read more »

New Royster Society Fellow draws on experience in Burkina Faso

August 29, 2016 This article, by Scott Jared, was posted originally on the UNC Global website.  Charlotte Lane left her heart in West Africa, but she will return to begin her life’s work there after honing her knowledge and research skills at Carolina. Lane, doctoral student in nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global… Read more »

Researchers question process for reviewing coverage of ‘off label’ cancer drug use

August 25, 2016 A group of University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers is calling for an overhaul of the process that determines which cancer drugs used off-label – or beyond their approved use — are reimbursed by federally-funded health insurance in the United States. In a “Viewpoint” article published online Aug. 25… Read more »

Study finds links between physicians setting cancer-care guidelines and drug industry

August 25, 2016 Researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have found a high prevalence of financial relationships among authors who helped develop a leading set of cancer-care guidelines in the United States. They say their findings lay the foundation for future studies of whether drug industry payments influence clinical practice or guideline recommendations…. Read more »

A majority of parents would support schools’ requiring HPV vaccinations, as long as there are opt-outs, survey finds

August 25, 2016 A national survey found that parents were more likely to agree that laws requiring students to be vaccinated against HPV for school entry are a “good idea” when there is an opt-out clause. Noel Brewer, PhD, professor of health behavior at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and member of UNC… Read more »

UNC’s Endeavors magazine highlights Gillings School researchers

August 18, 2016 Endeavors, the online magazine highlighting research and creative activity at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, featured six Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers in its August issue – Drs. Gregory Characklis, Myron Cohen, David Margolis and Wizdom Powell, and students Vidya Venkataramanan and Meaghan Nazareth. _______________ Gregory Characklis,… Read more »

Vitaglione receives American Academy of Pediatrics’ Child Health Advocate Award

August 18, 2016 Thomas Vitaglione, MPH, adjunct professor of maternal and child health at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected to receive the 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Child Health Advocate Award. He will accept the award at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Pediatric Society on Aug. 20,… Read more »