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Doctoral students receive NIDA dissertation awards

October 21, 2018 Jessica Young and Sara Levintow, epidemiology doctoral students, have each received two-year R36 dissertation awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to support completion of their doctoral dissertation research projects in the field of drug use research.

Researchers examine relationship of campus policies to prevalence of campus sexual assault

October 21, 2018
An interdisciplinary team led by researchers at the Gillings School explored the critical issue of campus sexual assault in their article, "Starting the Conversation: Are Campus Sexual Assault Policies Related to the Prevalence of Campus Sexual Assault?" The work will be included in a special November issue of the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Photo by Angel Leon.

Olshan, Desrosiers awarded CDC grant to study risk factors for birth defects

October 16, 2018
Drs. Andrew Olshan and Tania Desrosiers have been awarded a five-year, $4.37M CDC grant to support the N.C. Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention. The researchers will team with other research centers to pool data and maximize the potential for discovery and impact related to birth defects. Photo by Derek Thomson.

ADHD medication use has increased, but some still do not receive needed treatment

October 11, 2018
Dr. Til Stürmer has co-authored a study showing that the use of medications to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the rise in both adults and children worldwide, though at varying rates. The study, which analyzed the electronic patient records of more than 154 million people from 14 countries, was published in The Lancet Psychiatry. is a co-author on the paper. The study between 2001 and 2015 and provides

FDA turns to scientists at UNC to fill knowledge gaps in the opioid crisis

October 5, 2018 The FDA has commissioned a set of visionary studies to answer critical questions about the opioid crisis in the U.S. A four-year award of up to $6.6 million to UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Kentucky will ensure FDA’s readiness to evaluate innovative emerging technologies in pharmacology. Photo by Virginia Commonwealth University.

New study finds gene variant predisposes people to Type 2 diabetes and also low body weight

October 2, 2018 A new study finds that a well-known gene variant linked to Type 2 diabetes also may predispose a person to being leaner or having a lower body weight. The findings are striking, as many individuals with Type 2 diabetes are obese. The work is one of the first examinations of the gene in a very large, representative sample of diverse Hispanics and Latinos. Photo courtesy of Rutgers School of Nursing.

Gillings School researchers contribute to special issue of Journal of Interpersonal Violence

September 23, 2018 This fall, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence will publish a special issue, "Preventing violence: The role of public policies in preventing intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, and sexual violence." The issue features several articles by Gillings School researchers, including the commentary, "Leveraging Data to Strengthen Campus Sexual Assault Policies," published online Sept. 5. Photo by Ed Yourdon.