October 22, 2021 UNC Gillings alum Michael Wilson cofounded Bellhaven Harm Reduction Centre, the first low-threshold harm-reduction center in South Africa which provides community-based health and harm reduction services for low-income and homeless individuals in Durban, South Africa. A recent mini documentary chronicles the unique relationship between the city, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the local university that made this center possible.
$1 million gift furthers landmark study focused on reducing breast cancer disparities, barriers to high-quality care
October 5, 2021 Rich Preyer and Marilyn Jacobs Preyer have donated $1 million to support the latest phase of the Carolina Breast Cancer Study at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Led by Dr. Melissa Troester, professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School, the study investigates how the causes, treatments and long-term outcomes of breast cancer differ between Black women and white women.
October 1, 2021 Five students in the Population Health for Clinicians concentration collaborated on a publication that creates a model for understanding and addressing determinants that contribute to maternal mortality in the United States.
September 30, 2021 Reducing “tobacco swamps” — densely located stores that sell tobacco products — could have a major impact on public health, according to new research.
September 29, 2021 Increasing rates of vaccination against human papillomavirus will lead to a near-elimination of cervical cancer in some communities by 2030, according to recent research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention by a research team that includes Gillings School alumnae and faculty members. However, these projections point to a stark truth: a 14-year delay in areas with higher rates of poverty.
September 14, 2021 Dr. Marcia E. Herman-Giddens created a fund to continue her work to recognize and prevent the deaths of children at the hands of caregivers. In this interview, Herman-Giddens shares more about her work — which led to statewide laws requiring review of child deaths and inquiries in to what could prevent them — and her reasons for giving. The fund honors the memory of her son, William D. Popper.
Cold War cache of 100,000 baby teeth provides unique opportunity to understand long-term radiation effects
September 13, 2021 Discovery of a Cold War-era cache of baby teeth, collected during a landmark 1960s study of exposure to radioactive fallout, serves as a rare time capsule that Gillings School alumnus Joe Mangano hopes will increase our understanding of the relationship between radiation exposure and cancer.
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September 7, 2021 Gynecologic cancer contributes significantly to the number of cancer cases each year in Zambia, but weaknesses in referral, communication and coordination systems present challenges to care. Gillings School alumna Katerina Pattee is lead author of a recent article in the Journal of Cancer Policy describing an intervention to establish a low-cost digital system to manage information related to cancer care.
September 2, 2021 The Equality Can’t Wait Challenge awarded $40 million to projects with bold ideas to expand women’s power and influence in the United States. Dr. Nicole Bates, an alumna of the Gillings School, is director of strategic partnerships and initiatives at Pivotal Ventures.