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Dr. Paula Song

Dr. Paula Song

Song awarded $1.9M PCORI grant to study new model of health delivery

A research team including Gillings School faculty members was awarded $1.9 million by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to assess the efficiency of accountable care organizations (ACOs). ACOs are designed to improve care coordination for patients with chronic or complex health-care needs.

Dr. Paula Song, associate professor of health policy and management, is principal investigator for the grant.[Read more.]

Dr. Kurt Ribisl

Dr. Kurt Ribisl

Ribisl co-authors American Heart Association policy statement on e-cigarettes

A policy statement newly released by the American Heart Association (AHA) reports that electronic cigarettes, although safer than conventional cigarettes, pose a number of risks. Health behavior professor

Dr. Kurt Ribisl was an author of the report, published Aug. 24 in the journal Circulation. [Read more.]


Mugdha Gokhale

Diabetes drug does not increase short-term risk for pancreatic cancer, study finds

A team of UNC researchers has found that DPP-4 inhibitors, a relatively new set of drugs widely used to treat diabetes, do not increase the short-term risk for pancreatic cancer.

The study, led by epidemiology research assistant Mugdha Gokhale, MS, and others at the Gillings School, were published online Aug. 11 in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. [Read more.]

Dr. Claudia Fernandez

Dr. Claudia Fernandez

Maternal and child health leadership institute offers essential leadership training

The Gillings School’s Maternal and Child Health Public Health Leadership Institute, a year-long, intensive senior-level training program, recently has completed its first two cohorts and found that participants were able to increase skill levels in 20 target areas. Lead author Claudia S.P. Fernandez, DrPH, clinical assistant professor of maternal and child health, published results in the Maternal and Child Health Journal. [Read more.]