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New findings on genes, hypertension highlight importance of studying populations with African ancestry

May 17, 2017
A recent study identified three novel genomic regions related to hypertension susceptibility in individuals with African ancestry.

Gillings School celebrates 77th commencement

May 13, 2017
Families and friends of 329 new Gillings School alumni gathered on May 13 to celebrate the School’s 77th commencement. Aaron Williams, executive vice president for government relations and corporate communications at RTI International, delivered the commencement address.

Two master’s students awarded Winston Health Policy Fellowship

May 12, 2017
Master’s students Jessica Broadus and Margot Schein were awarded funding from the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship. The award recognizes those students who have demonstrated potential to succeed in health policy at the state or federal level.

Study evaluates the CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign, finds it an effective smoking cessation program

May 12, 2017
A new study assesses the impact of Tips From Former Smokers (Tips), the first federally funded tobacco education campaign in the U.S., which has been aired annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2012. Doctoral student Paul Shafer, also a research economist at RTI International, is co-author of the study, published May 12 in Health Education and Behavior.

Study documents trends in food and beverage consumption by infants and toddlers

May 9, 2017
A new study by doctoral candidate Gandarvaka Miles calls for policy guidance and caretaker education to help infants and toddlers achieve healthy diets.

Statins may reduce inflammation related to advanced prostate cancer risk

May 9, 2017
A study led by Dr. Emma Allott explores the relationship between statin use, inflammation and prostate cancer. Allott’s findings were published May 9 in the journal Cancer Prevention Research.

Kaplan, former epidemiology professor, dies at 86

May 8, 2017
Dr. Bert Kaplan, an epidemiology faculty member for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1999, died Friday, May 5 at the age of 86. A colleague called him “one of the early leaders in integrating social sciences into epidemiologic thinking and practice.”

Dietary calcium-phosphorus ratio does not influence bone health in older Americans, study finds

May 8, 2017
A study by Dr. John Anderson and Gillings School colleagues, published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society, examines whether a low ratio of dietary calcium to phosphorus has an impact upon bone health of older adults in the U.S.

Ammerman to lead community partners in tackling healthy food for low-income consumers

May 8, 2017
With funding from UNC’s 2016 Felix Harvey Award to Advance Institutional Priorities, Dr. Alice Ammerman will lead community partners in an effort to increase access to healthy food for low-income consumers.

Physical activity helps to counteract weight gain from obesity-causing gene variant, study finds

May 4, 2017
To determine how physical activity and genetic variants related to obesity interact to affect weight gain, Dr. Misa Graff and colleagues performed genome-wide interaction meta-analyses using more than 200,000 individuals. The international study was published in PLOS Genetics.