School News

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 »

Stepped-care intervention results in weight loss at lower cost

  June 27, 2012   Dr. Deborah Tate A customized weight loss program may cost less to implement – despite having similar results – than a traditional weight loss program, according to a study published in the June 27 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). “Most weight loss programs are intense… Read more »

HPM student named winner of APHA award

June 26, 2012 Ashley Kranz Ashley Kranz, health policy and management doctoral student at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected by the American Public Health Association’s oral health section as winner of the 2012 Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Post-Professional Student Award.   The award recognizes an outstanding community-based… Read more »

Exercise, even mild physical activity, may reduce breast cancer risk

June 25, 2012   Lauren McCullough A new analysis done by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers has found that physical activity – either mild or intense and before or after menopause – may reduce breast cancer risk, but substantial weight gain may negate these benefits.   Published early online in Cancer, a… Read more »

Public health student receives UNC award to study abroad

June 25, 2012   A public health undergraduate is among those who received scholarships, fellowships or program support from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study abroad during 2012 and 2013.   Jessica Smith, a rising junior in environmental sciences, was selected as a Phillips Ambassador. Smith, from Charlotte, N.C., will study… Read more »

US DOD funds study to explore relationship of obesity and development of ovarian cancer

June 25, 2012   Dr. Liza Makowski Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study “Preclinical and Clinical Investigations of the Impact of Obesity on Ovarian Cancer Pathogenesis.”   Makowski, project co-investigator, will work… Read more »