Epidemiology News

Gillings student and alumni played crucial role in NBA's COVID-19 “bubble”

January 5, 2021
According to Dr. Christina Mack, the National Basketball Association (NBA) made a call in the name of public health when it suspended the 2019-2020 season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan to restart its season — and hold playoffs in a controlled environment, or “bubble” — was ambitious. Mack notes that the NBA’s history of relying on scientific expertise and data to drive decisions greatly contributed to the success of this novel approach.

New CDC tool aims to help communities promote more physical activity

November 18, 2020
The new Active Communities Tool, developed by a team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that included Dr. Kelly Evenson, is now available for use by communities seeking to improve the built environment to promote access to safe and convenient places for physical activity for people of all ages and abilities.

Common SARS-CoV-2 mutation may be more susceptible to vaccine

November 12, 2020
A new study published in Science confirms that the D614G spike mutation allows the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 to replicate faster, outcompete and transmit more easily between hosts compared to the original virus. However, the mutation that enabled this strain to spread so quickly around the globe may also make it more susceptible to a vaccine.

Adimora receives UNC’s most prestigious faculty award

November 6, 2020
Dr. Adaora Adimora, professor of epidemiology in the Gillings School and Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of medicine with UNC’s Division of Infectious Diseases, has been honored by her peers with the 2020 Thomas Jefferson Award.