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ESE student wins toxicology award

March 15, 2017
ESE doctoral student Abhishek Venkatratnam has won the Perry J. Gehring Best Graduate Student Abstract Award for 2017. The award is presented by the Society of Toxicology’s (SOT) Risk Assessment Specialty Section.

UNC Gillings School Study: ‘No Fat,’ ‘No Sugar’ no guarantee of nutritional quality

March 15, 2017
Terms such as “no fat” or “no sugar” on food packaging may give consumers a sense of confidence before they purchase, but these claims rarely reflect the actual nutritional quality of the food. These are the findings of a new study led by Dr. Lindsey Taillie and published online March 15 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Biostatistics student finalist for scholarship

March 8, 2017
Ting Wang, biostatistics doctoral student, is one of three finalists for the 2017 Thomas C. Chalmers Student Scholarship for the abstract of his paper, “Auxiliary-variable-enriched Biomarker Stratified Design.” The scholarship is awarded by the Society for Clinical Trials.

Wheeler honored with ASPPH early-career research award

March 8, 2017
Dr. Stephanie Wheeler, associate professor of health policy and management, has received the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Early Career Public Health Research Award, presented to early-career professionals for excellence in teaching, research and mentorship.

Cilenti named interim health director for Orange County

March 2, 2017
Dr. Dorothy Cilenti has been named interim director of the Orange County health department, effective March 1. A clinical associate professor of maternal and child health at the Gillings School, Cilenti also directs the National Maternal Child Health Workforce Development Center.

MD/PhD students share their skills at a free clinic to benefit patients with diabetes

March 2, 2017
Anna Kahkoska and Nick Brazeau, students in the MD/PhD program, work at the Open Door Clinic, in Burlington, N.C., where a number of patients with diabetes are treated.

Nutrition professors contribute chapters to Eating Disorders and Obesity text

March 2, 2017
Drs. Cynthia Bulik, June Stevens and Deborah Tate wrote chapters in the third edition of Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Comprehensive Handbook, published this year by The Guilford Press.

Study validates a survey tool to assess patient-centered communication in cancer care settings

March 2, 2017
Dr. Bryce Reeve and colleagues at RTI found supporting evidence for the reliability of a survey instrument that assesses patient-centered communication in cancer care settings. Their findings were published Feb. 10 in Patient Education and Counseling.

Youth with Type 2 diabetes more likely to have significant complications later in life

February 28, 2017
A new report, co-authored by Dr. Beth Mayer-Davis and published in JAMA, indicates that adolescents and young adults with Type 2 diabetes bear a significantly higher burden of potential diabetes-related complications – especially among minority youth with this disease – than do their peers with Type 1 diabetes.

Among women, poor blacks in the south bear greatest burden of HIV, study finds

February 23, 2017
Alexander Breskin and Drs. Adaora Adimora and Daniel Westreich are co-authors of a PLOS ONE study that identifies U.S. counties in which the prevalence of HIV is high among women, as compared to men. Black women from poor areas in the South face a disproportionately high burden of HIV.