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Researchers confirm link between schistosomiasis and HIV acquisition

March 31, 2016 A comprehensive review of secondary data sources has confirmed a long-suspected link between female genital schistosomiasis (FGS) and HIV infection for women in southern Africa. A researcher from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health was one of two co-authors of the resulting article, titled “Association Between Schistosoma haematobium Exposure and… Read more »

Two UNC Gillings students selected as Innovation Next award finalists

March 30, 2016 Two students from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health are among the finalists for the 2016 “Innovation Next” project, an award that includes $80,000 in development funds and the opportunity to work the renowned global design company IDEO to refine and execute their proposal. Created by a grant by the U.S…. Read more »

De Marco honored with Provost’s Engaged Scholarship Award

March 30, 2016 Molly De Marco, PhD, research assistant professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and project director in the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), has received the 2016 Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for engaged research. The award is one of several… Read more »

Researchers call for collaboration to better understand how air pollution impacts health

March 30, 2016 The need to understand how air pollution affects health is greater than ever, reports a new article led by Jason West, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Air pollution is among the most important risk factors for health globally, and is… Read more »

Studies examine positive impact of weight loss upon cancer risk

March 29, 2016 Preliminary findings for two studies about the relationship of obesity and cancer, conducted in the laboratory of Stephen Hursting, PhD, will be presented April 18 and 19 at the 2016 American Association of Cancer Research annual meeting in New Orleans. Hursting is professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global… Read more »

Ongechi selected for Carolina Women’s Center’s Faculty Scholar Award

March 29, 2016 Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD, research associate professor of maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a 2016-2017 Faculty Scholar Award for Carolina Women’s Center to undertake a project that will advance the Center’s mission to further gender equity. Ongechi’s project, “Understanding the Impact of… Read more »

Minority Health Conference committee recognized with UNC Diversity Award

March 29, 2016 The Minority Health Conference committee, part of the Minority Student Caucus, which is housed in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received one of the Eighth Annual University of North Carolina Diversity Awards, in the “student organization” category. The awards recognize individuals and groups who have invested time and… Read more »

Shafer studies smoking, from smoke-free air laws to anti-smoking media campaigns

March 24, 2016 Paul Shafer, MA, studies media campaigns and policies related to tobacco use. Recently, he has co-authored articles on both a statewide smoke-free air law and a national media campaign that encourages smokers to quit. In the first paper, Shafer, a doctoral student of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School… Read more »

Seven from Gillings School receive Impact Awards; fellowships presented to other public health scholars

March 23, 2016 Students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health earned seven of the 17 Impact Awards presented by the Graduate School in 2016. The awards, made possible by the Graduate Education Advancement Board, recognize graduate students for outstanding contributions to the state of North Carolina. The seven public health Impact Award… Read more »

Gillings health behavior researchers study HIV testing, intimate partner violence in Tanzania

March 23, 2016 HIV testing and intimate partner violence are the public health issues that Marta Mulawa, a doctoral candidate of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, targeted in two recently-published papers. Mulawa based both articles on data from a Tanzania-based study led by her adviser Suzanne Maman, PhD, associate… Read more »