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UNC-SRP Center Director participates in panel discussion with Birnbaum, Congress

December 09, 2011 James Swenberg, UNC-SRP Center Director, participated in a panel discussion with NIEHS Director Linda Birnbaum and U.S. Representative David Price highlighting the benefits of Federally-funded research at the NIEHS campus in Research Triangle Park, NC. Swenberg emphasized the close collaboration between UNC and NIEHS, and discussed their environmental health research, training opportunities,… Read more »

Fry and Wright present at area toxicology conferences

Members of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty were among the presenters at two conferences in the Chapel Hill, N.C., area in September, both sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health.   The third international Toxicogenomics Integrated with Environmental Sciences (TIES) http://eseconf.sph.unc.edu/TIES2011/… Read more »

UNC researchers identify seventh and eighth bases of DNA

August 09, 2011 Share   For decades, scientists have known that DNA consists of four basic units – adenine, guanine, thymine and cytosine. Those four bases have been taught in science textbooks and have formed the basis of the growing knowledge regarding how genes code for life. Yet in recent history, scientists have expanded that… Read more »

Aitken and Olshan reappointed as department chairs

August 09, 2011 Two members of the public health faculty have been reappointed to lead their departments in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Dean Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, has announced. The five-year reappointments follow upon highly favorable reviews of their first terms as chairs. Dr. Mike Aitken Dr. Andy Olshan Michael Aitken,… Read more »

Olshan, Rusyn serve on NRC committee on formaldehyde

April 21, 2011 A panel of the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council has finalized a report evaluating the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) assessment of formaldehyde, a chemical commonly used in industry and medicine throughout the world. The report found that many conclusions reached by the EPA were sound and appropriate. However, the panel… Read more »

BIOS scores six ASA fellowships in two years: Wright, Zeng and Zhu selected

April 21, 2011 Dr. Fred Wright Dr. Donglin Zeng Dr. Hongtu Zhu Three biostatistics faculty members at UNC Gillings School of Global Health were selected recently as fellows of the American Statistical Association (ASA). Fred Wright, PhD, professor, and associate professors Donglin Zeng, PhD, and Hongtu Zhu, PhD, will be inducted into fellowship in August… Read more »

Rusyn to chair Society of Toxicology’s publications board

February 11, 2011 Dr. Ivan Rusyn Ivan Rusyn, MD, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named chair of the Society of Toxicology’s board of publications for a one-year term, effective May 1. “This is yet another affirmation of the extent to which Dr. Rusyn’s… Read more »

Formaldehyde study named best paper of the year by Society of Toxicology

January 28, 2011 A study examining the carcinogenic effects of inhaled formaldehyde, published August 2010 in Toxicological Sciences, has been named best paper of the year by the Society of Toxicology’s (SOT) Board of Publications.The paper, “Distribution of DNA Adducts Caused by Inhaled Formaldehyde is Consistent with Induction of Nasal Carcinoma but Not Leukemia,” uncovers… Read more »

Fry receives two prestigious honors for outstanding young researchers

  September 28, 2010 Dr. Rebecca Fry Rebecca Fry, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received two prestigious awards recognizing her potential to advance science and make substantial contributions throughout her career. Fry has received The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award from the… Read more »

Improved communication of fish consumption advisories needed to protect maternal and child health

Research recently published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health reveals that fish consumption advisories are not always effective at informing anglers who may be sharing their catch with more vulnerable subpopulations of women and children.   SRP Research Translation Core Leader Kathleen Gray, along with investigators from NC State University and… Read more »