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Metabolic reprogramming of white blood cells controls inflammation in fat

May 11, 2016 Researchers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have found that it is possible to control inflammation in fat tissue by manipulating the presence of a specific metabolic protein in a type of white blood cell called a macrophage. This metabolic reprogramming may provide a crucial strategy for weakening the… Read more »

Gillings School bachelor’s students graduate as Buckley Scholars

May 10, 2016 Twenty of the 217 seniors who graduated on May 8 as Buckley Public Service Scholars were students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The Buckley Service Scholars program, part of the Carolina Center for Public Service, supports and strengthens Carolina students’ commitment to service by providing a framework in… Read more »

Kosorok to take year’s leave; Cai will serve as interim chair of biostatistics

May 10, 2016 Michael R. Kosorok, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor and chair of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will take a one-year leave from his role as chair, effective July 1. Kosorok plans to use the leave to study other biostatistics programs and to accelerate his own research… Read more »

Doctoral student aims to improve health of women, children in Cambodia through improved sanitation in health-care facilities

May 10, 2016 Hai-Ryung Sung, MPH, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, pursues water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) initiatives in Cambodia with the help of the Rotary International network that first brought her to Chapel Hill from Seoul, South Korea. Sung, who earned her Master… Read more »

Nutrition faculty member awarded $228K to study cholesterol and prostate cancer

May 9, 2016 Emma Allott, PhD, research assistant professor of nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Professor John Fitzpatrick Research Fellowship, a three-year grant award of more than $228,000, to investigate the role of cholesterol in prostate cancer. The award, part of a unique transatlantic cancer research collaboration, was… Read more »

Webcast to examine relationship of political power and health equity

May 9, 2016 The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs will present the 22nd annual National Health Equity Research Webcast on June 7, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the UNC School of Social Work’s Tate-Turner-Kuralt auditorium. “This year, our speakers will focus on a… Read more »

UNC Gillings School celebrates its graduates; Dr. Dennis Gillings delivers commencement address

May 7, 2016 You – and your parents – will be glad to hear that public health is one of the fastest-growing professions in the country. The major investment in your education will stimulate a rewarding career and improve people’s lives. In 2014, total health care employment was more than 12 million. Undergraduate degrees in… Read more »

Popkin honored with World Obesity Federation award

May 6, 2016 Barry Popkin, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was selected to receive the World Obesity Federation’s 2016 Population Science and Public Health Award. Popkin accepted the accolade – and presented a plenary talk – at the Federation’s 13th International Congress on… Read more »

IGHID funds three Gillings School researchers

May 6, 2016 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers have been awarded three of six Explorations in Global Health grants, funded by the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID). The faculty research awards are designed to foster the development of research partnerships and projects in global health. Grants are made… Read more »

Fulbright Fellow Kumar builds expertise in ‘people’s participation’ approach to public health

May 3, 2016 For Anant Kumar, PhD, the last eight months at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been an entirely new experience. Kumar, who is an associate professor of rural management at the Xavier Institute of Social Service in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India, was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship… Read more »