SPH Weekly E-News

May 26, 2015

Beginning May 26, the weekly e-news will be published every other week throughout the summer. Announcements during this period should be submitted by noon on the following dates: June 5, June 19, July 2, July 17, July 31 and Aug. 14. Weekly distribution returns on Aug. 17.

Recent news

New GTEx project tackles DNA’s genetic ‘switchboard’

The link between inherited DNA variation and numerous diseases has been well established, but an important question still looms – What are the precise mechanisms linking genetic variation to disease?

Described in an article published May 8 in the journal Science, the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) project, funded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to fill these gaps by looking at ways genetic variation affects gene expression.

Andrew Nobel, PhD, professor of biostatistics at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and study co-author, said the research is analogous to deciphering genetic “recipes.”

Kosorok leads $10.4M NCI grant to improve clinical trials for cancer patients

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and N.C. State University have been awarded a five-year, $10.4 million grant by the National Cancer Institute to continue determining ways to design more powerful clinical trials for cancer patients, effectively delivering better and more personalized new therapies to cancer patients sooner.

Michael R. Kosorok, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor and chair of biostatistics at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, is the contact principal investigator for the project.

Events and deadlines for May 26–June 7

The SPH Events Calendar is now available for iCal, Google Calendar and other apps.

Vice president of product management at Voxiva seeks recent MPH graduates

Mike Rawaan, vice president of product management at Voxiva, Inc. is looking for recent MPH graduates to fill two open positions at his organization. Voxiva is a digital health company based in Washington, D.C. He has provided brief descriptions of and requirements for both roles (Text4Baby and Text2Quit – both PDFs).

Contact Mike Rawaan, mrawaan@voxiva.com, if you have any questions.

Veggie Van delivers locally-grown produce to McGavran-Greenberg

Veggie Van is part of a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization and delivers locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables to McGavran-Greenberg Hall every Wednesday. The Veggie Van is run by the Community Nutrition Partnership, which has two assistant professors and one doctoral student from the Gillings School’s nutrition department on its board. Consider supporting local farmers and residents in the Triangle who live in food deserts; see cnpnc.org for information on a summer 2015 workplace subscription.

Upcoming events and deadlines

Save the date for the next staff appreciation event

Thursday, June 11
3 p.m.
Armfield Atrium

The School would like to thank the staff for their continued hard work this year with a frozen treat social.

Contact Angelica Figueroa, a.fig@unc.edu, if you have any questions.

Funding available for pilot projects related to tobacco regulatory science

The Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communication is pleased to announce the availability of funding for pilot projects that are responsive to the FDA’s research priorities related to tobacco regulatory science. Find more information at the Lineberger Center website and see the request for applications here (PDF). Applications are due by June 15.

Date announced for next summer staff meeting

Tuesday, June 23
9–10:30 a.m.
2306 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Save the date for the next schoolwide, staff-focused meeting. Refreshments will be served. Please email Angelica Figueroa, a.fig@unc.edu, about topics of particular interest that you’d like to see included, or if you have any questions. Please visit the Faculty and Staff Meetings page for more information.

SHAC’s Classroom to Community program seeks volunteers

Interested in gaining health education skills and an opportunity to teach in your own classroom? SHAC’s Classroom to Community (C2C) program is now accepting volunteers for fall 2015. Read the C2C application (PDF) or contact c2c.unc@gmail.com for more information. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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