Student News

Prenatal exposure to cadmium associated with increased risk of pre-eclampsia

October 6, 2015 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have demonstrated for the first time an association between levels of the toxic metal cadmium in the placenta during pregnancy and increased risk of the mother developing pre-eclampsia. The researchers also examined interactive effects of essential metals selenium and zinc with pre-eclampsia… Read more »

Community shows heart health through photo research project

October 5, 2015 People in at-risk communities see heart health as more than just physical health according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health that was published in the most recent issue of Preventing Chronic Disease. “The project really illustrated how community members feel about cardiovascular… Read more »

Student-led fitness program helps UNC staffers to improve health

October 1, 2015 UNC Fitness Breaks is a student- and volunteer-led worksite wellness program for the housekeeping and groundskeeping staffs at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program, which encourages individuals to adopt an active lifestyle, provides 10- to15-minute fitness sessions to help staff members avoid injury by building muscle strength and… Read more »

Seven new Royster Fellows join Gillings School

September 22, 2015 This news story is adapted from the original article by Carolina Chronicle. Each fall, new students bring their unique perspectives to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The UNC Graduate School’s Royster Society of Fellows works to attract exceptionally talented graduate students from around the world to add their points… Read more »

A first step in overhauling cardiovascular risk prediction

September 22, 2015 An editorial published in the September issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes lauded a recent research study for pursuing the challenging task of examining limitations to the current cardiovascular disease (CVD) events risk estimator. Michael Pignone, MD, MPH, is an adjunct professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of… Read more »

Pancreatic cancer subtypes discovered in largest gene expression analysis of the disease to date

September 7, 2015 Dense surrounding tissue can block drugs from reaching pancreatic cancer tumors, but it also can help prevent the cancer from spreading. New research led by members of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center helps explain the conflicting role of the surrounding tissue, known as stroma. Lindsay A. Williams, UNC Lineberger researcher and… Read more »

School mourns loss of new PHLP student Heather Huneycutt

September 2, 2015 Heather Waterman Huneycutt, DVM, was a new student in the Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP) at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. She passed away on Aug. 23 from injuries suffered during a motorcycle crash. She was 26. Dr. Huneycutt graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at North… Read more »

Open House at Gillings Global Gateway™ introduces breadth of School’s global activities

September 2, 2015 More than 80 students and faculty members visited the official launch of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Gillings Global Gateway™ on Aug. 27 to learn about the School’s global health activities and network with others interested in public health around the world. Cathlene Webster, first-year student in health behavior, said… Read more »

New research finds institutions are no less safe for orphans than family care

August 26, 2015 Orphans living in families are at least as vulnerable to sexual and physical abuse and other traumas as orphans living in institutions, a new study finds. Christine L. Gray, MPH, epidemiology doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is lead author of the work, published online Aug. 26… Read more »

Study explores relationship of BMI, IQ and socioeconomic factors in Iranian preschool children

August 25, 2015 The negative impact of obesity upon children’s physical and psychological health has been established as an issue of concern in countries around the world. Studies also have shown that childhood intelligence is inversely related to negative health outcomes later in life. In exploring those two concepts, a new study aims to expand… Read more »