September 26, 2008 Since the department was established in 1949, UNC biostatisticians have been on the cutting edge of applying statistical analysis to health care issues. They laid the groundwork for collecting and analyzing biomedical data and revolutionizing the structure of modern clinical trials. The momentum of that early work has only increased, as new… Read more »

September 26, 2008 Single-dose vaccine for multiple respiratory viruses could save lives of infants and children in developing countries Worldwide, more than five million children under age five die each year from respiratory infections like influenza and pneumonia. Nearly all of them live in the developing world. Vaccines could save many of these young lives…. Read more »

September 26, 2008 Caring for people with serious mental illness, substance abuse and/or developmental disabilities has become one of North Carolina’s greatest public health challenges. One in three North Carolina adults (nearly 2 million people) have had a mental health or substance abuse disorder in the past year, and nearly 400,000 have a serious mental… Read more »

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 »