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Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility News

Epigenetics leaves the lab

The study of epigenetics, or how heritable changes in gene expression are caused by mechanisms other than DNA mutation, is increasingly the focus of environmental health sciences research, with more and more scientists finding evidence that epigenetic modifications to DNA may be contributing to certain disease outcomes. CEHS researcher Liza Makowski, PhD, is examining a... Read more »

COEC Supports Local Partners through Asthma Initiatives

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that impacts 1 out of 10 North Carolina residents –particularly vulnerable populations, including African American and Native American communities and low-income households (North Carolina State Health Statistics). Many health professionals in local and state health agencies are working to understand and identify environmental exposures that exacerbate asthma and to... Read more »

CEHS stakeholders learn about climate change and health

As climate change continues to emerge as a public health concern worldwide, researchers in the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) are connecting the associated increases in air pollution with cardiopulmonary disease. Jason West, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global... Read more »

2015 North Carolina Asthma Summit

The 2015 North Carolina Asthma Summit, an annual gathering of asthma clinicians and community health workers sponsored by the Asthma Alliance of North Carolina and the North Carolina Asthma Program, met in Burlington on March 3 and 4, 2015. As part of the Summit, UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) educators Neasha Graves and... Read more »

US News ranks UNC Gillings #2 overall, #1 public

March 10, 2015 The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health has been ranked the number two school of public health overall – and the number one public school of public health – by U.S. News and World Report. The rankings were released March 10. This marks the second consecutive rankings period... Read more »

Website will help women learn about risk factors for breast cancer

October 7, 2014 The UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP) has announced the official launch of, an interactive website designed to increase knowledge about breast cancer risk factors, especially among young African-American women. Melissa Troester, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Liza Makowski,... Read more »

2014 SciVentures Summer Camp

In partnership with Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, the Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC) of the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility developed a new environmental health focused program for Morehead’s SciVentures summer camp for middle school students. “Journey Inside the Cell” introduces students to the hidden lives of cells through hands-on learning experiences... Read more »

Obesity is modifiable risk factor for ovarian cancer, study finds

March 31, 2014 Ovarian cancer tumors in obese mice grew to nearly three times the size of tumors in non-obese mice, researchers discovered in a recent study. Their findings, published in the April issue of the journal Gynecologic Oncology, revealed insight into the reasons why. The research team, led by Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor... Read more »

Olshan named Hulka Distinguished Professor

March 17, 2014 Andrew Olshan, PhD, professor and chair of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, has been named the Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, effective March 1. Olshan also has served in significant leadership roles at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Most recently, in 2012, he... Read more »