September 26, 2008 UNC’s Gillings Innovation Labs (GILs) bring together interdisciplinary research groups to focus concentrated efforts on solving big public health problems. They vary in topic, scope, focus and purpose — but share certain characteristics. All strive to be innovative, have impact, and accelerate solutions to public health problems across North Carolina and around… Read more »

September 26, 2008 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is working with partners across North Carolina and around the world to develop new initiatives that will accelerate solutions to the daunting public health challenges of the 21st century. “The health challenges we face today are ones that require interdisciplinary teams working together to… Read more »

September 26, 2008 One of Dr. Gary Koch’s former students remembers tracking him down long after her graduation to ask him a statistical question. In South America at the time, he called her back that same night — around 1 a.m. Another recalls how his deep voice and practical outlook calmed many a graduate student… Read more »

September 26, 2008 Controlling quality, managing data, changing the practice of medicine In 1967, a committee chaired by Dr. Bernard Greenberg, then chair of the UNC Department of Biostatistics (and later dean of the School of Public Health), wrote a report for the National Heart Institute (now the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) that… Read more »

September 26, 2008 UNC’s Survey Research Unit helps researchers collect high-quality data During his first 10 years as a biostatistics professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Dr. William Kalsbeek collaborated with dozens of faculty members who relied on his expertise in survey research methods to conduct population-based research. Over time, Kalsbeek… Read more »

September 26, 2008 Since 1949,UNC’s researchers set the pace for the field of biostatistics. Today it’s a given that biostatisticians work hand in hand with geneticists, oncologists and drug manufacturers to design studies and crunch the numbers. But in 1949, when the UNC Department of Biostatistics was first established, as far as medical research was… Read more »

September 26, 2008 Life has been a wild ride for Joan Gillings, and frankly, she has loved every minute of it. Born in Philadelphia, the daughter of a clothing model and the president of Whitman Chocolate Co., Joan Heckler was reared in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. After her first marriage ended, she moved to Chapel Hill… Read more »

September 26, 2008 Dr. Dennis Gillings is clearly a man of intent. That is, he intends to excel at everything he does, whether he’s running an international clinical research company, pushing protégés to greater heights of accomplishment, staging a “pig pickin’” or competing in ballroom dancing.Wait. Ballroom dancing? From the age of 15, when his… Read more »

September 26, 2008 Throughout its nearly 70-year history, the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health has aggressively confronted public health challenges as close as Carrboro, N.C., and as far away as China. UNC public health faculty members, staff and students have built the School into one of the top research and teaching facilities… Read more »

September 26, 2008 “The landscape of public health is complex and rapidly changing. The challenges are unprecedented. But this landscape also reveals a spirit of global solidarity, and a strong desire for fairness in health. And this gives us an occasion for unprecedented optimism as well.” — Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health… Read more »