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 »

May 08, 2009 When it comes to adding hospital beds, administrators across the state — from the 724-bed UNC Hospitals to the 6-bed Bertie Memorial, in Windsor, N.C. — compete for any additional space the state allows. To improve quality and patient outcomes, North Carolina limits the number of medical facilities — including hospital beds,… Read more »

May 08, 2009 Some people are so good at what they do, they get an award named after them. But some people are so respected, accomplished and inspiring, they get two awards named after them! Take Ned Brooks. The 66-year-old clinical associate professor of health policy and management is so passionate about public service that… Read more »

Taking care of others requires taking care of self by Diane Calleson, PhD I am one of the fortunate UNC faculty members who was swept up in the now-national effort to create policy changes that led to the acceptance of community-engaged scholarship as a viable and valid form of academic pursuit. With my colleagues, I… Read more »