Nutrition professor honored with award from University of Santiago

April 02, 2013
Dr. Anthony Hackney accepts University of Santiago's Medal of Distinction for his research and advocacy in Latin America.

Dr. Anthony Hackney accepts University of Santiago’s Medal of Distinction for his research and advocacy in Latin America.

Anthony Hackney, PhD, was named last month by the University of Santiago (Chile) as one of two recipients of its Medal of Distinction, the highest honor awarded by the university. A professor of nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and of exercise and sport science in the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Hackney is the first UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member to be presented with the award.

He received the award for his research and public advocacy, in Chile and throughout Latin America, related to the health benefits of leading a physically active lifestyle. His research focuses upon the ways physical activity reduces stress and disease and makes a positive impact on the endocrine system.

Hackney also was presented with an honorary professorship of medical sciences in the faculty of medicine at the university.

This year’s other Medal of Distinction recipient is Michelle Bachelet, a physician and first woman president of Chile, who currently is a United Nations envoy and ambassador for women’s issues.

The University of Santiago is ranked among the top 10 universities in Latin America.


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Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or dpesci@unc.edu.