School News

Key biomarker has new role in head and neck cancer

  July 09, 2012   Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have proposed a novel interpretation of an old biomarker which, if validated, fundamentally could transform the management of head and neck cancer. In a study released online in the British Journal of Cancer June 26, investigators at UNC showed that… Read more »

National Research Council committee suggests chemical safety working group

July 05, 2012 The U.S. Chemical Safety Board should plan ways to alert the chemical industry of safer manufacturing processes, according to a congressionally mandated report recently released by a National Research Council committee. Dr. Jackie MacDonald Gibson Jackie MacDonald Gibson, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering, served on the NRC’s “Inherently Safer… Read more »

Fight the (tick) bite: Profile of doctoral student Meagan Vaughn

July 03, 2012   This article originally appeared as a UNC “Spotlight” feature.   Ticks. The word itself is enough to give most people the willies.   In what should be a relief to folks who work and play outdoors, a UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral student found out how to almost completely avoid tick bites.  … Read more »

New understanding of cell metabolism yields promising target for new lymphoma therapies

July 03, 2012   A research team led by scientists at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that two interrelated metabolic processes – involving sugar utilization and fatty acid synthesis – contribute to cell proliferation in non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells.   The finding is significant in… Read more »

HPM student selected as Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar

July 02, 2012   Jessica Broadus Jessica Broadus, rising senior in health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was selected this spring as a 2012 Barbara Jordan Health Scholar. The Barbara Jordan Scholars Program provides opportunities for recent graduates and college seniors to work in congressional offices in Washington, D.C.,… Read more »

Stürmer receives PCORI grant to fund program on comparative effectiveness research

June 29, 2012   Dr. Til Stürmer Til Stürmer, MD, MPH, PhD, will receive a $690,502 award from the nonprofit organization Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for a project titled “Methods to Increase Validity of Comparative Effectiveness Research in the Elderly.” Stürmer is professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, director… Read more »

School alumni association expands with new regional chapters

  June 29, 2012   Priscilla Guild, incoming president of the school’s alumni association, with Joseph John, outgoing president The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumni association recently approved the founding of its first four regional chapters, based in Atlanta, Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C. “There are more than 17,000 public… Read more »

BIOS student wants to ‘change the world’

June 28, 2012 Courtney Sanford is a Bachelor of Science in Public Health student in biostatistics. This profile of her appeared June 11 on the UNC website. Looking at Courtney Sanford’s résumé, it is clear that she has a talent for innovation. Sanford, who grew up in Hendersonville, Tenn., but graduated from Walton High School… Read more »

Undergraduate develops program to teach young girls about healthy lifestyles

June 28, 2012 Camille McGirt was featured recently on the Carolina Center for Public Service website. The profile is reprinted below. McGirt, a rising senior, is a candidate for the Bachelor of Science in Public Health in health policy and management in May 2013.   Camille McGirt For Robert E. Bryan Social Innovation Fellow Camille… Read more »

Cancer rumors affect health-related behaviors and decision-making, study finds

June 27, 2012   Dr. Christine Rini A team of scientists, including Christine Rini, PhD, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, reports that cancer rumors – such as the idea that one can get cancer from being in contact with a cancer patient – may affect health-related behaviors and medical decision-making. Rini… Read more »