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UNC team awarded $3.25M grant to study role of placenta in children’s later-life health

September 13, 2017
Researchers from the Departments of Epidemiology, Maternal and Child Health, and Biostatistics have been awarded a large grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to investigate the role of the placenta as a driver of children’s later-life health.

Savings less than expected for generic oral chemotherapy, study finds

September 11, 2017
A study by Dr. Stacie Dusetzina, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, determined that the cost savings for a generic version of an orally administered cancer treatment were less than expected — a finding that questions the impact generic drugs can have on controlling health-care costs.

Rose, former faculty member, dies Sept. 5

September 11, 2017
Dr. Kathy Rose, former member of the epidemiology faculty at the Gillings School, died on Sept. 5.

UNC researchers receive grant to examine enhanced services in NC community pharmacies

September 8, 2017
Kea Turner, a doctoral candidate in the health policy and management department, is co-principal investigator on a grant from the Community Pharmacy Foundation that will analyze barriers to organizational change in community pharmacies.

Water Institute at UNC designated as PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Water and Sanitation

September 7, 2017
The Water Institute at UNC, based in the Gillings School and directed by Dr. Jamie Bartram, has been designated as a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Collaborating Center for Water and Sanitation.

Gillings faculty member founds ‘NutriXiv’ publishing platform

September 6, 2017
Dr. Kyle Burger, assistant professor of nutrition, has launched NutriXiv, a free digital archive for nutritional sciences research.

Abstinence-only sex education policies ‘scientifically and ethically flawed,’ review finds

September 1, 2017
Policies and programs that promote abstinence as the only option for unmarried adolescents are scientifically and ethically flawed, reports an article co-authored by Dr. Ilene Speizer. The findings were published Aug. 22 in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Photo by Now Idonoa.

Gillings School researchers receive $6M+ grant to fight infectious diseases

August 31, 2017
Drs. Ralph Baric and Timothy Sheahan, epidemiologists at the Gillings School, have been awarded a NIAID grant for more than $6 million to accelerate the development of a promising new drug in the fight against deadly coronaviruses. Photo by Sergio Alvarez.

Taxes highly effective as part of comprehensive food-related policies in Chile, study finds

August 31, 2017
More comprehensive taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages and ultra-processed foods would promote a healthier diet in Chile, according to a new study co-authored by Gillings School doctoral student Juan Carlos Caro and Drs. Shu Wen Ng, Lindsey Smith Taillie and Barry M. Popkin. Photo by Stephany Duda.

Gillings Merit Scholars and Gillings Dissertation Awards announced

August 29, 2017
Seventeen students were selected as recipients of Gillings Merit Scholarships or Gillings Dissertation Awards for the 2017-2018 academic year. The award funds, established in 2010 to help the Gillings School recruit and support graduate students with exceptional promise and potential, were made possible through the $50 million Gillings gift and are administered through the Gillings School’s Research, Innovation and Global Solutions office.