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Noble’s water-quality test used to examine Great Lakes samples this summer

June 14, 2012   Dr. Rachel Noble (Photo by Dan Sears) A new rapid DNA-based test for water quality developed and patented by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty member is being used by the city of Racine, Wis., to test Great Lakes water samples this beach season. The test, created by… Read more »

First study of its kind finds rapid declines in worldwide physical activity

  June 14, 2012 A new study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers finds a global decline in activity levels and predicts a continuing rise in inactivity in countries around the world. When viewed in the context of physical activity levels throughout human evolution, the global decline in physical activity in just… Read more »

Combination therapy for triple-negative breast cancer disappointing

June 13, 2012   Dr. Anastasia Ivanova A recent clinical trial testing a combination therapy for basal-like (also known as triple-negative) breast cancer demonstrates that a combination of two drugs with promising preclinical results is not as effective as researchers had hoped. Anastasia Ivanova, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global… Read more »

School’s diversity and inclusion co-chair featured in nursing journal

June 13, 2012   Dr. Rumay Alexander I never forget that slaves always had me in their dreams The cover of Nurse Leader‘s June issue features Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. A clinical professor at UNC’s School of Nursing… Read more »

Public health students selected for first World Vision internships

June 13, 2012   Ryan Cronk Lauren Snyder Lauren Snyder and Ryan Cronk, master’s degree candidates at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have been selected for inaugural internships with the international organization World Vision. Snyder, a Master of Public Health candidate in maternal and child health, will work with World Vision’s Learning Center… Read more »

HPM student receives Royster Society fellowship

June 13, 2012 Kimberley Geissler Kimberley Geissler, doctoral student in health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected for a Royster Society of Fellows’ 2012-2013 dissertation completion fellowship. Geissler’s dissertation examines the effect of violence on health care access and utilization in Mexico towns and cities near the… Read more »

Autism spectrum study to look at autism variance among individuals

June 13, 2012   The Center for Autism and Development Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is beginning the second phase of its Study to Explore Early Development (SEED II) to search for causes of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities in preschool-age children.  … Read more »

Nutrition faculty members conduct training in China

  June 13, 2012   Ten members of the nutrition epidemiology faculty at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health traveled to Suzhou, China, May 28 through June 1 to collaborate with and train Chinese public health leaders. The training was conducted under the auspices of the China Health and Nutrition Survey, a joint program… Read more »

Obesity genes cause rapid growth in children, study finds

June 05, 2012   Dr. Daniel Belsky A rapid growth spurt in childhood could foretell obesity in adulthood.   According to a new study authored by a UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health graduate in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (a Journal of the American Medical Association Network publication), children who are… Read more »

Herring honored with statistics award

June 05, 2012   Dr. Amy Herring Amy H. Herring, ScD, professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, accepted the 2012 Gertrude M. Cox Award on June 5 at the Washington Statistical Society annual dinner, held at RTI International in Washington, D.C. The Statistical Society and RTI jointly sponsor the award…. Read more »