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Who We Are
Public health challenges know no borders and so our leaders are active locally and globally. From finding new ways to prevent and treat cancer to tackling the world obesity crisis, Gillings School leaders accelerate solutions to public health problems every day. Our leaders have been working for 75 years to transform the global public health landscape through vision, innovation and pragmatic problem solving.
What We Are Doing
Gillings School faculty members are leaders in determining risk factors for cancer, using technology to reduce the health impacts of diabetes, creating policy changes to discourage young people from smoking, and designing better ways to reach millions with clean, safe water and sanitation. The lessons we learn globally often are used to save lives and transform public health in North Carolina, and research conducted here has impact and relevance around the world. Last year nearly half of our faculty members research grants and contracts had a global health focus.
Several highlights of what our faculty members are doing:
- Dr. Steve Meshnick, pictured above in Madagascar, works in several African countries to determine malaria and HIV/AIDS transmission routes and develop new strategies for prevention.
- Dr. Will Vizuete’s air pollution monitor tracks the real-time effects of air pollution on human lungs, whether it is used in China’s smoggy cities or on a North Carolina factory floor.
- Drs. Jennifer Smith and Noel Brewer create more effective ways to prevent and treat cervical cancer, a disease that strikes and tragically kills young women and men across the U.S. and around the world.
- Dr. Suzanne Maman aims to reduce the spread of HIV and stop intimate partner violence in Tanzania by targeting young men ages 15-19 for microfinance opportunities coupled with education about relationships, violence and high-risk sex.
- Dr. Mark Sobsey’s team has developed a water pollution “lab in a bag,” used locally and globally to check water quality following typhoons, hurricanes, floods and other natural and man-made disasters.
- Gillings faculty members Dr. Valerie Flax, Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Bentley, and Sheila Leatherman, MSW, integrate microcredit, cellphone messaging and breastfeeding promotion to increase the number of women who exclusively breastfeed their infants.
- Many of our global leaders also work in global centers and institutes around UNC-Chapel Hill. Below are several:
Solving problems. Finding answers. These are the essence of leadership at the Gillings School.
National and International Recognition
Our faculty, students, staff and alumni are recognized in the U.S. and globally for their cutting-edge research, teaching and public service. Our news stories illustrate some of our recent achievements.
“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.”
— Albert von Szent-Gyorgy, Nobel Prize Winner