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Gillings researchers receive funding to harmonize India-US youth diabetes registries

February 24, 2016 Two researchers at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health have received funding from the National Institutes of Health for a collaborative grant to examine the incidence and prevalence of diabetes in youth and young adults in India and the United States. Currently, diabetes affects nearly 29 million… Read more »

Gillings School recognizes outstanding teachers with Innovation Awards

February 23, 2016 The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health community gathered in Armfield Atrium on Feb. 22 to celebrate eight faculty members – one from each academic unit – who were presented with UNC Gillings’ fifth annual Teaching Innovation Awards. The 2016 awardees are Geni Eng, DrPH, professor of health… Read more »

Current and veteran military students bring field experience to health policy and management

February 23, 2016 Have you ever considered how the military oversees the health care of its vast network of current and former employees? Try to visualize it, and you may begin to see the natural fit between some military personnel and the field of health policy and management. In the UNC Gillings School of Global… Read more »

Review of recent research suggests calcium supplements may be overused by middle-age and older adults

February 22, 2016 The adult recommended dietary allowances (RDAs) for calcium have changed several times over the last half-century, and controversy continues about how much calcium healthy adults need and whether the nutrient is delivered effectively by supplements rather than calcium-rich foods. An article co-authored by John Anderson, PhD, adjunct professor of nutrition at UNC’s… Read more »

PTSD may accelerate immune system aging

February 22, 2016 A new study led by a researcher at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health has found that people affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may also experience an unnatural decline or “aging” of their immune system. The study, centered in Detroit, Michigan, used both PTSD screening and… Read more »

Study finds different genetic mutation patterns for HPV-positive throat cancer patients based on smoking history

February 19, 2016 Smoking and infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) are two risk factors for an increasingly common type of throat cancer. In a new study, University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have found that distinct genetic mutation patterns emerge in people with HPV-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma who are heavy smokers…. Read more »

‘Tips from Former Smokers’ ads connect more than half a million people to tobacco cessation resources

February 19, 2016 The question: How effective was the “Tips From Former Smokers” (Tips) television campaign at driving traffic to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Tips campaign website? The answer: The Tips television spots that aired from March 4 to June 21, 2013 – during the second year of the federally funded… Read more »

Gillings student Han named 2016 Gates Cambridge Scholar

February 17, 2016 Fourth-year UNC undergraduate Larry Han is among the 35 Americans awarded scholarships in 2016 to pursue full-time graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England. Han, who studies biostatistics at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of two UNC scholars chosen for the honor. The other recipient is… Read more »

Bentley, Silberman selected for Greenberg, Barr awards

February 16, 2016 Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, PhD, and Pam Silberman, JD, DrPH, will receive the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s prestigious Greenberg and Barr awards at a ceremony preceding the 48th annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture on April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing… Read more »

BIOS students win travel awards for ASA conference

February 23, 2016 Lu Mao and Jingxiang (Sean) Chen, doctoral students in biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have been accorded American Statistical Association (ASA) travel awards. The awards will support their presenting research at the 2016 ASA Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Chicago, to be held July 30–Aug. 4. Mao,… Read more »