November 29, 2010 Mike Kafrissen and Bert Peterson have been friends and colleagues for more than a quarter-century. As obstetrics and gynecology physicians, members of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and faculty members at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, they have worked in concert to improve the… Read more »

November 29, 2010 As young people grow up and settle into their adult lives, many are at greater risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases if they become overweight or obese. Researchers at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health want to know how adults can manage their weight and stay healthy…. Read more »

November 29, 2010 Can we blame extra pounds on our genes? Several researchers at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are identifying which genes may have an impact on body weight and investigating precisely how that impact occurs. Kari North, PhD, epidemiology associate professor, studies risk factors for cardiovascular disease – and obesity is… Read more »

November 29, 2010 Getting preteens to eat healthy foods and increase their physical activity can be a daunting task in today’s fast-food, multimedia world, but nutrition researcher and School alumna May May Leung, PhD, RD, has developed an innovative strategy to capture their attention – manga comics. Dominating book sales in China and pumping nearly… Read more »

November 29, 2010 Adolescence is a time of dramatic physical and emotional upheaval. It’s also a time when many young people gain weight as their exercise levels and appetites change. “It’s essential to understand that adolescence is a crucial period for weight gain,” says Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, UNC nutrition associate professor. In her wideranging research… Read more »

November 29, 2010 For 30 years, the number of overweight children has crept higher and higher. In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 10 percent of children ages 2 to 5 had an unhealthy body mass index. Those children have a 70 percent chance of being overweight or obese adults. Establishing good… Read more »

November 29, 2010 Obesity is a major economic and health threat in North Carolina, the U.S. and around the world. The fact that obesity is spreading in an almost epidemic manner means that some countries still could intervene before it is too late – just as some countries woke up to the potential for intervention… Read more »

May 27, 2011 David J. Ballard, MD, PhD, and his wife Michela Caruso, MD, are longtime supporters of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. They are regular contributors to the Annual Fund and Building Fund and are founding benefactors of the Student Health Action Coalition Endowment Fund. Ballard currently serves as director of the… Read more »

May 27, 2011 The Philip C. Singer Distinguished Professorship of Environmental Sciences and Engineering honors Phil Singer, PhD, and his extraordinary career in research, teaching and service. It also serves as a tribute to the critical contributions Singer has made to the field of drinking-water quality and treatment. An international expert on drinking water quality,… Read more »

May 27, 2011 Warnings from municipalities around the world to “boil water before using” are not uncommon, especially as water distribution systems get older. In some countries, safe water collected from community sources becomes unfit for drinking during transport to homes or becomes contaminated within a building due to inadequate internal plumbing. In March 2011,… Read more »