Stephen Hursting, PhD, professor of nutrition at the Gillings School and the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, has received a prestigious National Cancer Institute Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA). Hursting is one of 43 researchers nationwide to receive an OIA, and the grant will provide $5.34 million over a seven-year period to further his research on the mechanistic links between obesity and cancer.
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Students from the Gillings School authored four of the seven epidemiology abstracts selected from 127 submissions for presentation at the 2015 Obesity Week conference. This annual scientific and educational event, hosted by The Obesity Society, brought together world experts in obesity research, treatment and prevention.
Four researchers from the Gillings School’s Department of Health Behavior are co-authors of a new paper describing vaccine communication practices among primary care physicians. Their findings show that a sizeable minority of physicians (27 percent) do not strongly endorse the HPV vaccine or deliver timely recommendations for girls (26 percent) or boys (39 percent).
Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, received the 2015 Tom Bruce Award at a Nov. 3 meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The award was established in 2006 to recognize individuals who exemplify leadership in the field of community-based public health research.
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