Posts Categorized: School News

UNC study: Color-coded chart improves parents’ understanding of body mass index (BMI)

  September 17, 2009 A new study shows that parents are more likely to understand a body mass index (BMI) chart if it is color-coded, like a traffic light, than the standard charts currently in use. Dr. Eliana Perrin “We think that better communication of BMI from doctor to parent could lead to parents’ earlier… Read more »

UNC certificate program graduates 500 students in first decade

September 17, 2009 Cassandra Thompson accepts her Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts from Senior Associate Dean David Potenziani in December 2008. The certificate education program at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health celebrated a major milestone in August – the 500th graduate of the Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts program. The… Read more »

New weight gain guidelines established for pregnant women

September 14, 2009 Dr. Anna Maria Siega-Riz New guidelines for how much weight a woman should gain during pregnancy have been established by a national team of physicians and health care professionals, including Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, UNC epidemiology and nutrition professor and associate chair of the Department of Epidemiology. Siega-Riz was one of four… Read more »

Golden receives service award from rape crisis center

September 10, 2009 Shelley Golden Shelley Golden, MPH, lecturer in health behavior and health education at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Orange County (N.C.) Rape Crisis Center’s Margaret Henderson Award for Service and Self-Care, the Center has announced. Golden will accept the award at the organization’s annual meeting at… Read more »

Gene variant heightens risk of severe liver disease in cystic fibrosis

September 09, 2009 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a genetic risk factor for severe liver disease in people with cystic fibrosis. Those who carry a particular variant of the SERPINA1 gene (also known as alpha-1-antitrypsin or alpha-1-antiprotease) are five times more likely to develop cirrhosis and other liver… Read more »

UNC study: Insecticide-treated bed nets reduce infant deaths in Democratic Republic of Congo

September 04, 2009 Giving insecticide-treated bed nets to nearly 18,000 mothers at prenatal clinics in the Democratic Republic of Congo prevented an estimated 414 infant deaths from malaria, a study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers concludes. Dr. Andrea Biddle Co-authors of the study from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Kotch named distinguished professor for achievements in children’s health

September 04, 2009 Dr. Jonathan Kotch Jonathan Kotch, MD, professor of maternal and child health at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named the Carol Remmer Angle Endowed Professor in Children’s Environmental Health. The professorship was established in 2003 to fund a distinguished teacher and scholar in the field of environmental health…. Read more »

UNC study will test therapies to eradicate HIV infection

September 04, 2009 Researchers from the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases have received $2.7 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop and test new therapeutic agents that may eradicate human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Dr. David Margolis David Margolis, MD, professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology in the UNC… Read more »

UNC begins phase III malaria vaccine trial in Malawi

  August 31, 2009 The phase III trial of the potential malaria vaccine known as RTS,S began this month in Malawi, Africa, with the help of researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Peggy Bentley Peggy Bentley, PhD, professor of nutrition and associate dean… Read more »