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HPM student receives Fogarty global health fellowship

March 12, 2014 Kei Alegria-Flores, MPH, doctoral student in UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, has been selected as a Fogarty global health fellow for 2014-2015. Alegria-Flores’ 11-month appointment is based in Lima, Peru, where she will collaborate with experts from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Herdia, Johns Hopkins… Read more »

Study measures toxic metal levels in children residing in Vietnamese smelting village

March 12, 2014 Recycling car batteries by smelting them into lead ingots may recharge a community’s economy, but a study by researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health indicates that the resulting exposure to toxic metals can affect children who live near the smelters. The research team included Jonathan Kotch, MD, MPH, professor,… Read more »

Gillings appointed by UK’s prime minister to accelerate diagnosis, treatment, cure for dementia

March 10, 2014 Dennis Gillings, PhD, has been appointed by United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron to serve as World Dementia Envoy. In that role, Gillings will establish and lead a World Dementia Council to raise funds for research toward a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Gillings, founder and executive chair of Quintiles,… Read more »

Water Institute receives Wells Fargo funding to map climate change vulnerability

March 6, 2014 A new two-year grant from Wells Fargo and Company will allow The Water Institute at UNC to continue essential work related to climate change. The grant, announced March 6 at the Institute’s Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference, provides continued funding for the Institute to examine drinking water and sewage… Read more »

Gifts from alumni Stangl and Raymond inspire three scholarships for international students

March 5, 2014 The Gillings School of Global Public Health has announced the awarding of three new scholarships to current international students Nnaemeka (Emeka) Modebe, Nigerian master’s student in health policy and management; Charles Muiruri, Kenyan doctoral student in health policy and management; and Melchior Kashamuka (Kash) Mwandagalirwa, Congolese doctoral student in epidemiology. An initial… Read more »

Mayer-Davis named chair of nutrition department

March 5, 2014 Elizabeth (Beth) Mayer-Davis, PhD, has been appointed chair of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Nutrition, effective Jan. 1. Prior to that, she had served as interim chair since June 2013. Nutrition is a joint department in the UNC schools of public health and medicine. “We are confident… Read more »

HPM team takes first prize at UAB case competition

March 4, 2014 A team of three University of North Carolina health policy and management students has won first place in the annual University of Alabama at Birmingham Health Administration Case Competition. Jennifer Moore, Christopher Coughlin and Callan Blough, second-year Master of Healthcare Administration students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, received… Read more »

Eight faculty members selected as innovative teachers at ‘Celebrate Teaching!’ event

March 3, 2014 The Gillings School of Global Public Health community gathered in the Armfield Atrium on Feb. 24 to celebrate eight faculty members – one from each academic unit at the School – who were selected by their students to receive the School’s third annual Teaching Innovation Awards. Awardees included Steve Cole, PhD  (epidemiology),… Read more »

Baric and other UNC researchers team up to find new target for dengue virus vaccine

Feb. 26, 2014 Creating a vaccine that protects people from all four types of dengue virus has frustrated scientists for decades. Now, researchers at the University of North Carolina have discovered a new target for human antibodies that could hold the key to a vaccine for the world’s most widespread mosquito-borne disease. Using an experimental technique… Read more »

NHLBI’s newly-released ‘Data Book’ outlines Hispanic, Latino health and lifestyle habits

Feb. 25, 2014 A comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of adults from a range of Hispanic and Latino origins shows that this segment of the U.S. population is diverse, not only in ancestry, culture and economic status, but also in the prevalence of several diseases, risk factors and lifestyle habits. Data were derived from the… Read more »