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Epidemiology News

NIH funds community engagement research efforts in areas hardest hit by COVID-19

October 19, 2020
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced a $12 million award for outreach and engagement efforts in ethnic and racial minority communities that are being disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The award — made to RTI International — will support teams in 11 states that are part of the NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities. In North Carolina, the CEAL principal investigator is Dr. Anissa I. Vines of the UNC Gillings School.

Could drones be the key to increasing defibrillator use during a heart attack?

September 16, 2020
Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests take place in the United States. An estimated 90% of the people who experience one do not survive. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a team led by Dr. Wayne Rosamond describes a new method to give bystanders life-saving access to AEDs: drone delivery.

Google.org funds UNC, VUMC research into COVID-19 genetic impact

September 10, 2020
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University Medical Center have been awarded $500,000 by Google’s philanthropy, Google.org, to study how COVID-19 alters gene expression in some people in ways that may be linked to their risk of severe illness and death.

Building early warning systems against pandemic threats

August 31, 2020
The nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance has announced its latest program: The Emerging Infectious Diseases Southeast Asia Research Collaboration Hub. This is one of a new group of research centers supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and faculty at the UNC Gillings School are key collaborators.