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Too few pre-teens receive recommended vaccinations, especially for HPV

July 24, 2017
A new study led by recent alumna Dr. Nadja Vielot finds that too few adolescents in the U.S. are obtaining recommended prophylactic vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV), a known and preventable cause of cervical and other cancers in females and males.

Water Institute researcher wins ‘Editor’s Choice’ award for journal article

July 20, 2017
David Fuente, a lead scientist at The Water Institute, was senior author of an article that won an Editor’s Choice Award from the journal Water Resources Research. Photo from Nairobi water treatment plant by Georgina Smith.

Stillo to investigate communicating health risk to private well owners

July 17, 2017
Frank Stillo, a graduate student at UNC Gillings, has received a prestigious grant award to research public health communications related to clean water access in North Carolina.

Gillings School researchers contribute to Hurricane Matthew recovery

June 22, 2017
An article in Endeavors magazine features environmental sciences and engineering researchers who are studying the impact of fall 2016’s Hurricane Matthew on North Carolina counties.

US aid to combat malaria in Africa associated with reduced risk of childhood mortality

June 16, 2017
Funding from the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in 19 sub-Saharan African countries was associated with a 16 percent reduction in the annual risk of children dying before age five, according to a new study by health policy and management researchers Aleksandra Jakubowksi and Dr. Harsha Thirumurthy.

ACL reconstructions on the rise in US, particularly among teen girls

June 16, 2017
A new study has found that, in the United States, there has been a dramatic increase in the rate of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions among females 13-17 years old.

Study findings suggest some individuals are genetically more vulnerable to harm from air pollution

June 9, 2017
Findings from a study led by a doctoral student of epidemiology suggest that some individuals are genetically susceptible to experiencing especially negative effects from air pollution, even when pollution levels fall below current U.S. accepted standards.

Drug company payments associated with physicians’ prescribing choices for cancer drugs

June 2, 2017
Gillings School investigators found an association between physicians receiving payments from pharmaceutical companies for meals, talks and travel and those physicians prescribing the companies’ drugs for two types of cancer. The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

ESE student awarded American Water scholarship

May 26, 2017
ESE doctoral student Alma Beciragic has been awarded the American Water Works Association (AWWA) 2017 American Water Scholarship.

Researchers call for transnational perspective to improve migrants’ health

May 23, 2017
In a systematic review of the literature, Gillings School researchers consider whether and how studies of migrants’ health practices and behaviors to date have considered the migrants’ transnationalism as a factor in those practices and behaviors.