School News

REACH NC allows quicker, more efficient access to School’s experts

July 19, 2011 For nearly every public health challenge, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has a team of innovative scientists quickening the pace toward a solution. But how do other scientists, students, members of the media, business leaders, legislators and others learn more about what we’re doing? Until recently, those looking for detailed… Read more »

Mothers with breastfeeding difficulties more likely to suffer postpartum depression

July 19, 2011 Women who have breastfeeding difficulties in the first two weeks after giving birth are more likely to suffer postpartum depression two months later compared to women without such difficulties. For that reason, women with breastfeeding difficulties should be screened for depressive symptoms, according to a new study by researchers at the University… Read more »

School researchers to present at international AIDS conference

July 15, 2011 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will be well represented at the 2011 meeting of the International AIDS Society (IAS), to be held July 17-20 in Rome. The research of more than a dozen faculty members, students and alumni will be presented at the conference, which is the world’s largest… Read more »

As HIV treatment improves, ‘trial effect’ is diminished, new study suggests

July 14, 2011 A new study by investigators from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has confirmed the existence of a “trial effect” in clinical trials for treatment of HIV and also shows that effect has diminished over time.Trial effect is an umbrella term for the benefit experienced by study participants simply by… Read more »

Alumna selected as Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar

July 14, 2011 Alyzza Dill Alyzza Dill, alumna of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was selected recently as a 2011 Barbara Jordan Health Scholar. Dill received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health in health policy and management in May.   The Jordan Scholars Program provides opportunities for recent graduates and college seniors… Read more »

No ‘magic bullet’ to improve diet, stem obesity epidemic, nutrition study finds

July 14, 2011 Will people eat healthier foods if fresh fruits and vegetables are available in stores near their homes? Will they eat less fast food if restaurants are not in their neighborhoods?These and other policy interventions may be useful steps toward better public health, but no single approach alone effectively will improve Americans’ diets… Read more »

Eidenier Pearce, environmental justice advocate, attends White House briefing session

July 12, 2011 Emily Eidenier Pearce, doctoral student in health behavior and health education at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, participated in a White House Community Leaders Briefing Series session in Washington, D.C., on July 8. Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt recommended Eidenier Pearce for her public health advocacy and leadership in working… Read more »

UNC tapped to lead national effort to find a cure for AIDS

July 12, 2011 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been awarded a $32 million, five-year federal grant to develop ways to cure people with HIV by purging the virus hiding in the immune systems of patients taking antiretroviral therapy. Tackling this latent virus is considered key to a cure for… Read more »

HPM alumnae awarded CDC fellowships

July 12, 2011 Three recent alumnae of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s health policy and management department have received fellowships from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Rachele Bowman Elise Lockamy, MSPH Katie Byerly Rachele Bowman, who received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree in May 2010 and… Read more »

Sobsey co-authors World Health Organization report on household water treatment options

July 11, 2011 Dr. Mark Sobsey Mark Sobsey, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is co-author of a newly published World Health Organization (WHO) report, “Evaluating Household Water Treatment Options: Health-based Targets and Microbiological Performance Specifications.”   The document is the first to offer… Read more »