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Call for abstracts: 2012 Water and Health Conference

January 24, 2012 Share   The 2012 Water and Health Conference: Science, Policy and Innovation is now accepting abstracts for academic presentations at the event, to be held Oct. 29 – Nov. 2 in Chapel Hill, N.C. The conference is co-hosted by The Water Institute at UNC, based in UNC Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Research shows progress toward a genital herpes vaccine

January 18, 2012 Share   An investigational vaccine protected some women against infection from one of the two types of herpes simplex viruses that cause genital herpes, according to findings in The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Peter Leone Peter Leone, MD, professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, adjunct professor of… Read more »

February’s Minority Health Conference to focus on translational research

January 17, 2012 Share   The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Minority Student Caucus (MSC) will host its 33rd annual Minority Health Conference on Friday, Feb. 24, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, N.C. Early registration discounts end Friday, Jan…. Read more »

Older women with normal T-scores may not need bone mineral density screening for 15 years

  January 15, 2012 The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and other organizations have recommended that women ages 65 and older be routinely screened for osteoporosis using bone mineral density (BMD) screening. However, how often women should be screened is a topic that remains controversial and undecided, with no definitive scientific evidence to provide guidance.Now… Read more »

Health director’s conference to feature Surgeon General, new National Prevention Strategy

January 12, 2012 Share   North Carolina will host the second in a series of national events that showcase the new National Prevention Strategy (NPS), when the North Carolina State Health Director’s meeting is held in Raleigh, N.C., Jan. 26-27. NPS was called for by the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act and developed by the… Read more »

Melodi Thrift, NCIPH staff member, dies Jan. 9

January 11, 2012 Share   Melodi Thrift Melodi Ann Michael Thrift, a staff member at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health since May 2007, died of cancer on Jan. 9. She was 45.   Ms. Thrift joined the School’s North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) in May 2007 as part of the Institute’s… Read more »

U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Koh will speak at School’s May commencement

January 06, 2012 Share   Dr. Howard Koh Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will present the commencement address for the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health on Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. in Carmichael Arena. “Howard Koh is one of… Read more »

Alan Cross, professor in schools of medicine and public health, dies Jan. 5

January 06, 2012 Share   Dr. Alan Cross Dr. Alan Cross, a pediatrician and University of North Carolina professor of medicine and maternal and child health, died Thursday, Jan. 5, at his home in Chapel Hill, N.C. Dr. Cross was professor of maternal and child health in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health… Read more »

Bentley and Miller awarded distinguished professorships

January 05, 2012 Share   Two distinguished professors at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health now will be able to use the adjective in their official titles. Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, PhD, and Cass (Casey) Miller, PhD, professors in nutrition and environmental sciences and engineering, respectively, have been approved by the University of North Carolina’s… Read more »

New study examines behavioral economics of colorectal cancer screening in underserved populations

January 05, 2012 Share   A new study at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will examine behavioral factors that may influence whether people pursue colorectal cancer screening and strategies that might increase screening rates in disadvantaged communities. Dr. Stephanie Wheeler Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of health policy and management in… Read more »