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Holmes selected as Journal of Rural Health board chair

February 26, 2013 Dr. Mark Holmes Mark Holmes, PhD, assistant professor of health policy and management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected chair of the editorial board of The Journal of Rural Health. He began his one-year term on Jan. 1.   Holmes became a member of the editorial board… Read more »

ESE students win top three spots at toxicology poster competition

February 25, 2013   Nour Abdo, Julia Rager and Jessica Wignall, students at Gillings School of Global Public Health, captured the top three awards in a poster competition held at the spring meeting of the North Carolina regional chapter of the Society of Toxicology on Feb.21 at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offices in Research… Read more »

Synthetic marijuana use results in acute kidney injury, MMWR reports

February 25, 2013 An article in the Feb. 15 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) describes 16 cases in the U.S. in which acute kidney injury followed a person’s ingestion of synthetic cannabinoids. Kelly Weidenbach-Vigil, doctoral student in health policy and management’s health leadership program at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, is a… Read more »

Sumner, physician and PHLP student, dies Jan. 4

February 25, 2013   Dr. Brian Sumner Brian Montgomery Sumner, MD, Master of Public Health student in the Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP) at Gillings School of Global Public Health, died in an accident in Costa Rica on Jan. 4. He was 51.   A magna cum laude graduate of N.C. State University and of… Read more »

Pignone chosen for U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

  February 22, 2013   Michael Pignone, MD, MPH, adjunct professor of health behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and… Read more »

Study validates weight loss program, brings weight loss research into the real world

February 20, 2013   Weight management programs that focus on behavior change can be effective in leading to weight loss, but most are done in controlled settings. As a result, it is often difficult to know whether the intervention can be sustained outside of the test environment.   Now, researchers at the University of North… Read more »

Former ambassador to Uganda visits Chapel Hill to learn about UNC’s work in Africa

  February 18, 2013 Jerry P. Lanier, principal deputy coordinator for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism, met with public health and other leaders on The University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill on Feb. 15. Left to right are the ambassador’s wife, Catherine Kannenberg, PhD, Ambassador Lanier, Peggy Bentley, PhD, Suzanne… Read more »

Gazette features Bentley’s research on infants’ television exposure

February 14, 2013   This article, featuring research by Dr. Peggy Bentley, was written by Mark Derewicz, in the UNC Office of Research Communications. It appeared in the Feb. 13 issue of University Gazette. Bentley is associate dean for global health and distinguished professor of nutrition at the Gillings School.   Dr. Bentley It’s no… Read more »

AICR fellow studies impact of diet on head and neck cancers

  February 12, 2013 In honor of February’s being National Cancer Prevention Month, the news team spoke recently with Patrick Bradshaw, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at Gillings School of Global Public Health and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)/Marilyn Gentry Fellow, about his research on the relationship of nutrition to head and neck cancers…. Read more »

Sunlight stimulates carbon dioxide release from melting Arctic ice, study finds

  February 11, 2013   Over the last decade, arctic warming has been a hot topic. Passionate advocates on both sides of the argument debate whether and how dramatically arctic climate change will affect global temperatures and climate.   Dr. Rose Cory New evidence from a study led by Rose Cory, PhD, assistant professor of… Read more »