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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

  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 »

August 31, 2009 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study if monetary incentives and community mobilization can help prevent young women in South Africa from becoming infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Dr. Audrey Pettifor Audrey Pettifor, PhD,… Read more »

August 31, 2009 Ten years ago, the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pulled together its considerable number of service and outreach programs, creating the North Carolina Institute for Public Health within the School. Dr. Ed Baker Edward Baker Jr., MD, serves as its director. Today the Institute… Read more »

August 28, 2009 Warmer ocean temperatures could mean dramatic shifts in the structure of underwater food webs and the abundance of marine life, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Michael Piehler Michael F. Piehler, PhD, assistant professor at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences… Read more »

August 27, 2009 The Prevention Research Centers – Healthy Aging Network, a program funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will host a conference, “Promoting Environmental and Policy Change to Support Healthy Aging,” Sept. 15-16 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education…. Read more »

August 20, 2009 Dr. Siega-Riz Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, has been promoted to the rank of professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s departments of epidemiology and nutrition, the School has announced. The promotion was effective Aug. 1. Siega-Riz has been a member of the UNC public health faculty since 1998, when… Read more »