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.
Study documents trends in food and beverage consumption by infants and toddlers
May 9, 2017
A new study by doctoral candidate Gandarvaka Miles calls for policy guidance and caretaker education to help infants and toddlers achieve healthy diets.
Kaplan, former epidemiology professor, dies at 86
May 8, 2017
Dr. Bert Kaplan, an epidemiology faculty member for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1999, died Friday, May 5 at the age of 86. A colleague called him “one of the early leaders in integrating social sciences into epidemiologic thinking and practice.”
Physical activity helps to counteract weight gain from obesity-causing gene variant, study finds
May 4, 2017
To determine how physical activity and genetic variants related to obesity interact to affect weight gain, Dr. Misa Graff and colleagues performed genome-wide interaction meta-analyses using more than 200,000 individuals. The international study was published in PLOS Genetics.
Study identifies novel gene loci for traits related to obesity
May 3, 2017
Drs. Anne Justice and Kari North are part of an international collaboration that explored whether and how smoking tobacco may alter one’s genetic susceptibility to obesity and distribution of body fat. Their study was published in Nature Communications.
Study confirms link between alcohol consumption, breast cancer risk in black women
May 1, 2017
Based on studies that primarily have included data from white women, alcohol consumption is a known risk factor for breast cancer. Now, a study co-authored by epidemiology doctoral student Lindsay Williams, Dr. Melissa Troester and others confirms the link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk for black women, an understudied group.
Study finds small, mostly-male schools are less likely to have sexual assault policies
April 20, 2017
A new research paper highlights the wide variation in definitions of consent at universities across the United States.
New study explores timing of changes in blood pressure health that lead to larger disparities
April 20, 2017
African Americans and men are more likely to transition from ideal levels of blood pressure in childhood or early adulthood compared to white Americans and women, which puts them at increased risk of developing hypertension earlier in life.