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Health director’s conference to feature Surgeon General, new National Prevention Strategy

January 12, 2012 Share   North Carolina will host the second in a series of national events that showcase the new National Prevention Strategy (NPS), when the North Carolina State Health Director’s meeting is held in Raleigh, N.C., Jan. 26-27. NPS was called for by the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act and developed by the… Read more »

Melodi Thrift, NCIPH staff member, dies Jan. 9

January 11, 2012 Share   Melodi Thrift Melodi Ann Michael Thrift, a staff member at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health since May 2007, died of cancer on Jan. 9. She was 45.   Ms. Thrift joined the School’s North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) in May 2007 as part of the Institute’s… Read more »

U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Koh will speak at School’s May commencement

January 06, 2012 Share   Dr. Howard Koh Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will present the commencement address for the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health on Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. in Carmichael Arena. “Howard Koh is one of… Read more »

Alan Cross, professor in schools of medicine and public health, dies Jan. 5

January 06, 2012 Share   Dr. Alan Cross Dr. Alan Cross, a pediatrician and University of North Carolina professor of medicine and maternal and child health, died Thursday, Jan. 5, at his home in Chapel Hill, N.C. Dr. Cross was professor of maternal and child health in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health… Read more »

Bentley and Miller awarded distinguished professorships

January 05, 2012 Share   Two distinguished professors at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health now will be able to use the adjective in their official titles. Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, PhD, and Cass (Casey) Miller, PhD, professors in nutrition and environmental sciences and engineering, respectively, have been approved by the University of North Carolina’s… Read more »

New study examines behavioral economics of colorectal cancer screening in underserved populations

January 05, 2012 Share   A new study at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will examine behavioral factors that may influence whether people pursue colorectal cancer screening and strategies that might increase screening rates in disadvantaged communities. Dr. Stephanie Wheeler Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of health policy and management in… Read more »

Devlin elected to Action for Children North Carolina board

January 04, 2012 Share   Dr. Leah Devlin Leah Devlin, DDS, MPH, Gillings Visiting Professor of health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected to serve a two-year term on the Action for Children North Carolina board of directors. Action for Children North Carolina is a leading statewide,… Read more »

Top 10 in 2011: The year’s most-read news stories

January 01, 2012 Share   When the HIV Prevention Trials Network 052 study, led by Myron S. Cohen, MD, was named the 2011 Breakthrough of the Year by the journal Science, the year 2011 ended on an ecstatic scientific and public health note. After all, the research found that early treatment with antiretroviral therapy reduced… Read more »

UNC HIV prevention research named Scientific Breakthrough of the Year

  December 22, 2011 Share   The HIV Prevention Trials Network 052 study, led by Myron S. Cohen, MD, has been named the 2011 Breakthrough of the Year by the journal Science. Cohen is professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Microbiology in the School… Read more »

Popkin one of most frequently cited authors among nutrition researchers

December 21, 2011 Share   Dr. Barry Popkin Barry Popkin, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, is author of three of the top 10 most cited nutrition articles in Nutrition Reviews’ 70-year history.   The journal compiled the list of its… Read more »