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EPID postdoc wins National Institute on Aging’s Pathway to Independence Award

July 16, 2015 Vineet Menachery, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was selected recently for a Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The five-year award, designed as career transition support for “highly motivated, advanced postdoctoral research scientists,” will support Menachery’s research project,… Read more »

Differences in colon cancer chemotherapy treatment among African-American and white patients

July 14, 2015 Although the incidence and mortality of colon cancer in the United States has declined over the past two decades, African-Americans still suffer worse outcomes than whites. Variations in treatment may contribute to the differences in mortality rate. Caitlin Murphy, MPH, CPH, predoctoral fellow with the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC-Chapel Hill… Read more »

New study cautions about nutritional status for women taking antiretroviral drugs

July 8, 2015 A new study led by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health highlights the nutritional impacts of antiretroviral therapy on HIV-infected breastfeeding women. The World Health Organization currently recommends that pregnant and breastfeeding HIV-infected women initiate lifelong therapy for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, but little is known about… Read more »

Stephenson receives junior researcher poster award at Bayesian nonparametrics conference

July 7, 2015 On June 25, UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health student Briana Stephenson took home one of only three junior researcher poster awards presented at the 10th Conference on Bayesian Nonparametrics. Stephenson is a doctoral student in the Department of Biostatistics at the Gillings School. She shared her poster, which explored… Read more »

Gillings School students, alumni take front and center at international epidemiology conference

July 7, 2015 UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health was well represented at the recent 48th annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER).  Held in Denver June 16-19, the international professional conference, sponsored by the largest general epidemiology society, was attended by 79 people associated with the School’s Department of Epidemiology, including… Read more »

Study finds availability of parks and recreational facilities lower in some predominantly minority neighborhoods

June 26, 2015 A new study across six regions of the United States found that the availability of physical activity resources, such as parks and recreational facilities, varies by locations’ sociodemographic characteristics. The study was led by Sydney A. Jones, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of… Read more »

Training boosts bystander confidence in preventing interpersonal violence on college campuses, study finds

Sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and intimate partner violence (collectively termed interpersonal violence) are public health problems that affect 20 to 25 percent of female college students. Currently, One Act is one of the few university prevention-training programs that teach students how to intervene as bystanders in low- and high-risk interpersonal violence situations. Recent research… Read more »

ESE undergrad wins Class of 1938 fellowship to conduct research in Ghana

May 28, 2015 Emma Kelly, Bachelor of Science in Public Health student in environmental sciences and engineering at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, was one of eight UNC-Chapel Hill students awarded the university’s Class of 1938 Summer Project Abroad Fellowship. Kelly will conduct field research in Ghana with a… Read more »

Moulton establishes scholarship fund to honor mother, aunt

May 25, 2015 Memorial Day is always an appropriate time to remember the patriotism and service of U.S. veterans. Susanne (Sandy) Moulton, JD, MPH, adjunct associate professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Public Health Leadership Program, recently ensured that two veterans whose lives and service she greatly admires will be remembered for… Read more »

Gillings School alumna investigates why NC teachers have trouble breathing in their classrooms

May 13, 2015 Kim Gaetz, PhD, who earned a doctorate in epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2014, was featured in a May 7 article in Endeavors, UNC’s research magazine. The article, by Ashita Gona, is reprinted in part below. Read the complete article on Endeavors’ website. Dr. Kim Gaetz discovered… Read more »