Research and Innovation at the Gillings School

Four teams of researchers at UNC Gillings have been awarded $600,000 collectively in funding for Gillings Innovation Labs! The 2016 winners are: Dr. Stephen Cole and Dr. Michael Hudgens,"Causal Inference Research Laboratory"; Dr. Mark Sobsey and Dr. Jamie Bartram, "Transformative Use of Chitosan as a Coagulant-Flocculant and Filter Aid to Improve Drinking Water"; Dr. Deborah Tate and Dr. Carmina Valle, "Precision Public Health: Enhancing Connections to Develop Just-In-Time Adaptive Intervention Strategies"; and Dr. Miroslav Styblo and Dr. Praveen Sethupathy, "Circulating MicroRNAs as Novel Biomarkers of Arsenic-Associated Diabetes".
Message from the Associate Dean for Research
For 75 years, the Gillings School has been solving the most pressing health problems in North Carolina and around the world by conducting novel, innovative research that changes public health practice, influences policy and improves the quality of people’s lives.              
Sandra Martin, PhD

Research at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is an essential part of its teaching mission.  Virtually all research teams include both faculty and students, giving students the opportunity to work on real-world problems in which they can apply the approaches that they have learned in the classroom.   Our researchers conduct innovative research that changes public health practice, influences policy and improves the quality of people’s lives. Last year, our faculty received $162.5 million in research grants and contracts related to these pressing health problems.  The Gillings School is committed to research, innovation, entrepreneurship, and problem solving. Our resources, including the $50 million Gillings gift, allow the Gillings School to accelerate its response to some of the most pressing public health problems across North Carolina and around the world.

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