NIH renews UNC Gillings environmental health sciences training grant for ninth time
July 19, 2017
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has renewed a major training grant that the Gillings School has led since 1971. The program supports scholars in biostatistics, epidemiology and environmental sciences and engineering, many of whom have gone on to affect national environmental policy.
NIH-funded study to investigate pregnancy outcomes in young cancer survivors
July 5, 2017
Dr. Hazel Nichols has received NIH funding to help young women with cancer make difficult decisions about their future childbearing intentions. Annually, more than 45,000 women ages 15 to 39 are given a cancer diagnosis. Survivors need to know more about the impact of cancer treatment upon their future reproductive outcomes. Photo by Jerry Lai.
Symposium gathers research teams to address opioid addiction, overdose
June 30, 2017
Drug overdoses are among the few causes of death on the rise in the United States, and more than half of these deaths are attributed to opioids. At a recent symposium, Dr. Steve Marshall urged researchers from diverse backgrounds to work together to solve what many call the worst drug crisis in American history.
New drug holds potential to defeat coronaviruses
June 28, 2017
Scientists at the Gillings School have confirmed that an experimental antiviral treatment prevents the development of SARS coronavirus disease in mice. The drug, GS-5734, also inhibits MERS-CoV and multiple other coronaviruses (CoV), suggesting that the treatment may inhibit all CoV.
ACL reconstructions on the rise in US, particularly among teen girls
June 16, 2017
A new study has found that, in the United States, there has been a dramatic increase in the rate of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions among females 13-17 years old.
Study findings suggest some individuals are genetically more vulnerable to harm from air pollution
June 9, 2017
Findings from a study led by a doctoral student of epidemiology suggest that some individuals are genetically susceptible to experiencing especially negative effects from air pollution, even when pollution levels fall below current U.S. accepted standards.
Drug company payments associated with physicians’ prescribing choices for cancer drugs
June 2, 2017
Gillings School investigators found an association between physicians receiving payments from pharmaceutical companies for meals, talks and travel and those physicians prescribing the companies’ drugs for two types of cancer. The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
UNC Gillings co-hosts conference to advance implementation science
May 17, 2017
On May 4, students, faculty and researchers from across UNC came together with representatives from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and King’s College London to share experiences with developing academic programs in implementation science.
New findings on genes, hypertension highlight importance of studying populations with African ancestry
May 17, 2017
A recent study identified three novel genomic regions related to hypertension susceptibility in individuals with African ancestry.
Gillings School celebrates 77th commencement
May 13, 2017
Families and friends of 329 new Gillings School alumni gathered on May 13 to celebrate the School’s 77th commencement. Aaron Williams, executive vice president for government relations and corporate communications at RTI International, delivered the commencement address.