Epidemiology News

Adimora, Margolis awarded distinguished professorships

March 22, 2018
Drs. Adaora Adimora and David Margolis, both professors of epidemiology at the Gillings School, have been named Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professors. The five-year professorship is one of the most prestigious awards offered by the UNC School of Medicine.

UNC epidemiology department shares official history

March 9, 2018
The first half of the Department of Epidemiology’s rich history has been compiled in a new publication.

Four UNC Gillings School researchers are among the world’s highly cited

March 2, 2018
Four Gillings School faculty members have been named to Clarivate Analytics’ 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list. They are Dr. Ralph Baric (epidemiology), Dr. Noel Brewer (health behavior), Dr. Hans Paerl (environmental sciences and engineering) and Dr. Barry Popkin (nutrition).

Epidemiology student featured in UNC IGHID report on reconciling guns and health

February 23, 2018
Doctoral student Josie Caves conducts research about intimate partner violence involving a firearm. “My research goal is to flesh out the circumstances where regulations can lower rates of violence,” Caves says.

Study suggests decreasing time spent depressed could improve HIV outcomes

February 21, 2018
For patients living with HIV, depression is common. A new study links greater time spent depressed with increased likelihood of missing medical appointments, increased risk of HIV treatment failure and higher mortality rates.

Study finds self-collected specimens comparable to physician-collected specimens for STI screening accuracy

February 8, 2018
A new study in Nairobi, Kenya, found that self-collection of specimens was comparable to physician-collection for the screening of four sexually transmitted infections in a population of female sex workers.

Health indicators for newborns of breast cancer survivors may vary by cancer type

February 6, 2018
For breast cancer survivors, the risk of giving birth prematurely, and of other health concerns for their newborns, may depend upon the type of breast cancer they had, according to a study led by Dr. Hazel Nichols. The study was published Jan. 4 in the International Journal of Cancer.

UNC study links low carbohydrate intake to increased risk of birth defects

January 25, 2018
Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant may want to avoid diets that reduce or eliminate carbohydrates, as such diets could increase the risk of having babies with neural tube birth defects, according to a study led by Dr. Tania Desrosiers.

MEASURE Evaluation project scores $232M for social science research, UNC’s largest-ever award

January 24, 2018
MEASURE Evaluation, a 5-year cooperative agreement funded by USAID and directed by Dr. Jim Thomas (left) recently received another $52 million in USAID support, making the project the recipient of UNC’s largest-ever award — a total of $231.9 million.

Rosamond awarded translational research grant to explore public health use of aerial drones

January 2, 2018
Dr. Wayne Rosamond has been awarded funding to determine the feasibility of having drones deliver automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to locations where they are needed. The NC TraCS/NCSU Collaborative Translational Research Pilot Grant Program awarded the grant.