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Study indicates potential for bat caliciviruses to cross species barriers, potentially to humans

June 7, 2018
Results from a recent study suggest that human and bat caliciviruses may have evolutionarily descended from a common ancestor, indicating a potential for the bat viruses to cross species barriers and infect humans.

Dr. Emily Gower: Preventing blindness from NC to Africa

May 31, 2018
Dr. Emily Gower, an ocular eipidemiologist, works in Africa to prevent blindness caused by trachoma, a bacterial infection. Closer to home, she works to prevent blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy.

Study examines sustained effects of NC’s Medicaid ‘lock-in’ program on prescription drugs

May 17, 2018
A study led by Dr. Rebecca Naumann and other Gillings School faculty members has reviewed North Carolina’s Medicaid “lock-in” program and the program’s impact upon the number of opioid prescriptions obtained. Photo by Virginia Commonwealth University Capital News Service.

New study confirms link between maternal phthalate levels, risk of ADHD in children

May 10, 2018
A newly published study of mothers and children in Norway has confirmed an association between high phthalate concentrations in maternal urine and increased risk of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

Gillings School researchers join ‘creativity hubs’ to fight obesity, improve water access

May 8, 2018
Eighteen researchers from the Gillings School are part of the two newly awarded Carolina Creativity Hubs, which will leverage interdisciplinary work to fight obesity and improve water access.

Study finds breast cancer places greater financial burden on black women

May 4, 2018
Having breast cancer places a significantly greater financial strain on black women than on white women, according to a study led by the Gillings School’s Dr. Stephanie Wheeler.

New partnership to develop applied epidemiology for infectious disease research, education and practice

May 2, 2018
United as the North Carolina Partnership for Excellence in Applied Epidemiology for Infectious Disease, a new group will leverage statewide collaboration to enhance infectious disease public health surveillance, research, policy and care.

UNC launches new Institute for Environmental Health Solutions

May 1, 2018
UNC-Chapel Hill has launched the Institute for Environmental Health Solutions, aimed at protecting those who are particularly vulnerable to diseases caused by environmental factors. Dr. Rebecca Fry, Institute director, works with a team of interdisciplinary researchers to translate scientific discoveries into effective, easy-to-apply solutions that improve people’s health.

Franceschini awarded fellowship for cardiovascular disease research in women’s health

May 1, 2018
Dr. Nora Franceschini has been selected for the Trudy Bush Fellowship for Cardiovascular Disease Research in Women’s Health by the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Epidemiology and Prevention.

Eight faculty members win Teaching Innovation Awards

April 22, 2018
Eight faculty members were selected by students at the Gillings School as the 2018 Teaching Innovation Award winners. They are Dr. Carolyn Crump, Amanda Holliday, Dr. Whitney Robinson, Kathy Roggenkamp, Dr. Meghan Shanahan, Dr. Jason Surratt, Dr. Justin Trogdon and Dr. Vaughn Upshaw.