December 27, 2011 Share Doctoral student Epidemiology Mehul Patel is interested in research that can have an immediate impact on the public’s health. “Stroke continues to affect the lives of many Americans, especially in North Carolina,” he says, “and improving the quality of care provided to stroke patients can make an important difference in health… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Doctoral student Nutrition “I’m Mexican, and since the beginning of college, I knew I wanted to pursue a doctoral program abroad,” says Carolina Batis, now in her third year of the doctoral program in nutrition. Her work at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has “fulfilled and surpassed” her expectations,… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Doctoral student, Nutrition Sanofi/UNC Global Nutrition Scholar About diabetes Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar. According to the World Health Organization: 346… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share An interview with Sandra L. Martin, PhD Martin has served since 2007 as associate dean for research at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Having joined the School’s faculty in 1990, she is professor and associate chair for research in the Department of Maternal and Child Health. Recent honors include… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Doctoral student Biostatistics 2011-2012 Fryer Fellow Jon Hibbard started out as a mathematician, pure and simple. It’s a subject he loves. But when one of his friends underwent a career change and began to work as a nurse, he was jealous of how fulfilled his friend felt at work and of… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Doctoral student Maternal and Child Health Layla Lavasani, who received her master’s degree in international health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, works to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality in resource-poor settings. Her areas of technical expertise are in monitoring and evaluation of maternal and newborn health… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Master’s student Health Behavior and Health Education “I have a long-standing passion for two things: public health and photojournalism,” says Caitlin Kleiboer, Master of Public Health candidate in health behavior and health education at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. “At Carolina, I am exploring the intersection of these two… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Doctor of Public Health student Health Policy and Management Executive Leadership Program Donald and Jennifer Holzworth Merit Scholar Gift Kamanga believes in his potential to contribute to the well-being of his society. He remembers having that goal as early as age 10, and having it clarified when his grandmother died of… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Doctoral student Epidemiology “My Aunty Dot died of lung cancer soon after I entered college,” Kapuaola Gellert recalls. “She never smoked. Her death made me wonder whether Hawaiians have a higher incidence of cancer compared to other ethnic groups.” The loss of her aunt was the beginning of Gellert’s interest in… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Master’s student Environmental Sciences and Engineering Kang Chang, research assistant at The Water Institute at UNC, writes: I was raised in a typical suburban community. As I grew older, I became aware and concerned with the disparity in the quality of life of people around the world. This became evident through… Read more »