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Gillings epidemiologist explains Zika virus basics

You’ve probably heard of Zika fever in the last few months. It’s a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread through mosquito bites. Allison Aiello, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She’s also an expert on how viruses travel through populations…. Read more »

Chen to represent Gillings School as 2016 Point Scholar

June 28, 2016 The Point Foundation, the largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students, has announced its 2016 Scholars. May Chen, doctoral student of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named the Janssen Therapeutics Point Scholar. Chen is one of 22 students hailing… Read more »

Replacing just one sugar-sweetened beverage a day with water can prevent weight gain

June 28, 2016 A new study by researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has found that replacing even one daily serving of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) such as soda with water could result in a meaningful reduction in caloric intake and associated weight gain. The study co-authors are Jennifer Poti, PhD, research… Read more »

Newly discovered regulatory link between cells could lead to novel cancer therapies

June 28, 2016 Researchers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have identified the mechanism by which p53 – an important cellular protein, also known as the tumor suppressor and regulator of cellular metabolism – functions in the cell. This newly discovered mechanism could potentially be targeted for the development of future cancer… Read more »

Kosorok to co-lead NIH ‘Big Data’ supplemental grant to train doctoral students in biomedical sciences

June 28, 2016 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have awarded a $97,956 supplemental “Big Data to Knowledge”  (BD2K) grant to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to train predoctoral students in data-centric, biomedical science issues during summer 2016. Michael R. Kosorok, PhD, W.R…. Read more »

Weight gain prevention program shows some success in modifying weight-related behaviors among community college students

June 27, 2016 A two-year, technology-based intervention to prevent weight gain among young adults in community college effectively reduced consumption of fast food and improved overall weight-related behavioral patterns. The intervention was less effective in changing specific behaviors, including physical activity and sleep. These findings and more are the results of the Choosing Healthy Options… Read more »

Milan, Advisory Council member, named as interim president of AIDS United

June 23, 2016 The AIDS United board of trustees has named Jesse Milan Jr., JD, nationally recognized leader on HIV/AIDS policies and programs and member of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Advisory Council, as the organization’s interim president and chief executive officer. Milan began the new position on June 20 and will… Read more »

Lightfoot selected for Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program

June 23, 2016 Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, research assistant professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of 10 faculty members at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill selected for the sixth class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars. The scholars will develop projects in partnership with community… Read more »

Few adults aware of chemicals in cigarettes, study finds

June 22, 2016 Adults in the United States have little awareness of the chemical components of cigarette smoke, though many of them report having looked for information about the composition of tobacco products. In a study published in the journal BMC Public Health, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggest that… Read more »

Combination of obesity and a common human infection may increase anxiety levels

June 22, 2016 Anxiety and anxiety-related disorders are the most common mental health problem in the United States, with obese people having higher rates of anxiety than non-obese people. Data from a recent study reveal that this increased anxiety may be caused by an interaction between obesity and a very common human infection, which results… Read more »