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Nutrition Research Institute hailed as leader in nutrigenomics

September 13, 2011 Share   The Sept. 12 issue of Time magazine features an article by Dr. Mehmet Oz, surgeon, author and talk show host, which describes his dietary recommendations for optimal health. In the article, Oz recognizes the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) as a “leader in the growing field of individualized nutrition, studying… Read more »

Powell Hammond selected as White House Fellow

September 07, 2011 Share   Dr. Wizdom Powell Hammond Wizdom Powell Hammond, PhD, assistant professor of health behavior and health education at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named to the 2011-2012 class of White House Fellows, the White House announced today. Powell Hammond, of Norfolk, Va., is also a member of… Read more »

Gillings Merit Scholars selected (2011)

September 07, 2011 Share   Fifteen students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been designated as 2011-2012 Gillings Merit Scholars. The scholarships, established in 2010 to help the School recruit graduate students with exceptional promise and potential, are made possible through a $50 million gift to the School from Dennis Gillings and… Read more »

Mexican immigrants’ diets raise risks of obesity, heart disease

September 01, 2011 Share   Despite the abundance of Hispanic food options, Mexicans who migrate to the United States choose to adopt most of the “American diet,” which may put their health at risk, a new study shows. Some of the changes are good. Many Mexicans in the U.S. consume more fruits and vegetables, low-fat… Read more »

Child-care facilities can do more to promote preschoolers’ healthy eating and physical activity

September 01, 2011 Share   What children eat and how physically active they are can shape their eating and activity habits as adults. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently published research that evaluates research describing opportunities and strategies to prevent obesity among preschool-age children in child-care settings. Dr. Dianne Ward… Read more »

ESE alumna awarded $25 million USDA grant to study food-borne viruses

September 01, 2011 Share     Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus Lee-Ann Jaykus, PhD, alumna of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, was awarded a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in August to study food-borne viruses. Jaykus, who received her doctorate from UNC in 1993,… Read more »

Oberlander NEJM perspective calls for controlling health care costs, not just cutting budgets

September 01, 2011 Share     Dr. Jon Oberlander The new wave of fiscal conservatives voted into Congress during the 2010 elections are resetting the national agenda, and this rise of “austerity politics” has important implications for health policy, says Jon Oberlander, PhD, professor of health policy and management at the University of North Carolina… Read more »

Bentley’s column describes the tragedy of East Africa’s drought

August 30, 2011 Share     Peggy Bentley, PhD, professor of nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the School’s associate dean for global health, recently wrote a guest column for the UNC Global newsletter. We reprint her essay here.   It’s late August in Chapel Hill, a very busy time, but… Read more »

Millikan and partners awarded $19.3M by NCI to study breast cancer in African-American women

  August 26, 2011 Share   Robert Millikan, PhD, DVM, Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will partner with scientists from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Boston University to conduct the most ambitious study to date of breast cancer among younger African-American women. Data… Read more »

Paerl wins Odum Lifetime Achievement Award for ecological studies

August 25, 2011 Share   Hans Paerl, PhD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City, N.C., is the 2011 winner of the Odum Award for Lifetime Achievement. Paerl, William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at the Institute and professor of environmental sciences… Read more »