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Bentley receives funding for high-risk pediatric obesity intervention trial

September 03, 2012 Dr. Peggy Bentley Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, PhD, Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a 5-year award, valued at nearly $3 million, from The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), one of the National Institutes… Read more »

HB capstone team wins state planning award for work with Department on Aging

September 03, 2012   A team comprised of one student and four recent alumnae has won the Marvin Collins Planning Award for Graduate Student Project Planning, presented by the N.C. chapter of the American Planning Association. Left to right are award-winning capstone team members Phoebe Goldberg, Marcia Perritt, Laura Major, Rebecca Woodruff and Hannah Prentice-Dunn…. Read more »

West receives EPA grant for research to improve air quality

August 30, 2012 Dr. Jason West Jason West, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a $250,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to examine innovative ways to improve air quality.   Collaborators on West’s project, “Dynamic electricity generation for addressing daily air quality… Read more »

Preventive oral health program improves quality of life and often is cost-saving, study finds

August 28, 2012   A program that invests in preventive oral health care for young children at risk of dental disease not only improves overall oral health of the general public and likely improves quality of life for families but has a good chance of paying for itself in reduced hospitalizations and future dental costs,… Read more »

School awarded $1.2 million EPA grant to continue computational toxicology research

  August 27, 2012   Dr. Ivan Rusyn Dr. Fred Wright The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant for research conducted by the Carolina Center for Computational Toxicology. Ivan Rusyn, MD, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will serve as… Read more »

Cohen wins top award from Clinical Research Forum for HIV prevention study

April 18, 2012 For his groundbreaking research on treatment as prevention of HIV, Myron Cohen, MD, has received the top honor of the inaugural Clinical Research Forum Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards. Dr. Myron Cohen Cohen is professor of medicine and microbiology in the UNC School of Medicine and of epidemiology at UNC Gillings… Read more »

Undergraduate entrepreneur wins $100K scholarship to launch company

Tara Seshan, a senior Bachelor of Science in Public Health student in UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s environmental sciences and engineering department, has received a $100,000 fellowship to launch an innovative health services company. Seshan is the entrepreneur behind Chek.Up, which seeks to provide better health monitoring and evaluation in low-resource settings. A… Read more »

Health-E-NC project receives University Cancer Research Fund support to improve cancer survivorship

  August 09, 2012   Researchers from UNC’s schools of public health, medicine and nursing received more than $200,000 in funding from the University Cancer Research Fund (UCRF) for two related projects that aim to improve both cancer survivorship and communications between primary care providers and oncologists.The researchers are affiliated with Health-E-NC, a statewide effort… Read more »

Chinese public health delegation visits UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

August 08, 2012 Eleven deans and professors from six top medical and public health schools in China met Aug. 1 with UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members and students to learn about innovations that could improve their curricula. The China Medical Board arranged for the study tour, which included only three stops… Read more »

Water Institute, Hilton Foundation unite to bring safe drinking water to those most in need

August 08, 2012 The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of disadvantaged people around the world. The institute will use the grant in liaison with the foundation and… Read more »