UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility
President Donald Trump has announced his intent to appoint Norman E. (Ned) Sharpless, MD, as director of the National Cancer Institute. Sharpless, who is the director of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Wellcome Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research and UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility member, would succeed Douglas Lowy, MD, who has served as acting director of the NCI since April 2015.
A native of Greensboro, N.C., Sharpless was a Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics (with distinction) and his medical degree (with honors and distinction) from the UNC School of Medicine.
Hurricane Matthew caused record flooding in North Carolina, not only resulting in an estimated $1.5 billion in damage and displacing thousands of residents from their homes, but also creating medium- and long-term public health impacts. With issues of adverse mental health effects, waterborne diseases, and respiratory illnesses, it is important to create a plan for local agencies and residents to address impacts of future floods and disasters.
As a result, a team of SPH researchers and graduate students, led by Dr. Larry Engel, aim to provide local public health professionals and state decision makers with a curated web-based resource that can be used to prioritize and target community-level interventions in affected communities.
The UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) announces that Dr. Melissa Troester assumed the role of Director effective on April 1. Troester is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and a Research Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
She is leader of the Cancer Epidemiology program in the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and has held leadership roles in the CEHS since 2010, including Director of the Integrated Health Sciences Facility Core, Pilot Projects Director, and most recently, Deputy Director.
Dr. Troester is grateful to Dr. Jim Swenberg for his many years of leadership of the Center, and looks forward to working with him during the transition.