NC youth leaders champion vaping prevention at inaugural UNC-led summit

August 24, 2023
On July 24-26, the Gillings School hosted youth leaders and adult supporters for an inaugural summit to learn about evidence-based vaping prevention strategies, develop advocacy skills and build coalitions with other youth leaders in North Carolina. The summit was supported by the state's JUUL settlement funding.

Dr. Raz Shaikh named chair of Gillings School’s Department of Nutrition

August 24, 2023
Dr. Saame “Raz” Shaikh will start as chair of the Department of Nutrition on September 1. He specializes in the study of how dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids and their metabolites regulate immunological and metabolic responses in obesity — and, more recently, in response to environmental exposures.

Who is being screened for intimate partner violence?

August 22, 2023
Despite recommendations from health care organizations like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, research led by Dr. Valerie Lewis has found that screenings for intimate partner violence aren’t consistently provided to all patients of childbearing age.

Researchers awarded Helmsley Charitable Trust grant to implement portable ultrasound in Zambia

UNC researchers at the School of Medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health, led by Dr. Margaret Kasaro, have received a nearly $3 million award from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to improve access to portable ultrasounds in routine antenatal care in Zambia.

Hincapie-Castillo named Mayday Fund fellow to improve care for chronic pain

August 8, 2023
Dr. Juan Hincapie-Castillo is one of 12 experts in pain science and care recently named as fellows of the Mayday Fund’s Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship: Communicating Science & Improving Care.

Gillings alums coordinate public health efforts to confront opioid use in rural NC

August 4, 2023
In April, Gillings School alumni participated in the Opioid Solutions Leadership Network peer exchange event, hosted by the Granville Vance Public Health Department, to uncover the best ways to use opioid settlement funds to improve health and save lives in North Carolina.

ASA SPAIG award honors Gillings School partnership with Merck, NCI

August 4, 2023
For 14 years, the Gillings School, Merck and NCI have leveraged an enduring collaboration to improve the efficiency of drug development, allowing safe and effective medications to reach patients sooner and make a significant impact on public health.

Community based study offers dental disease insights

August 3, 2023
Researchers at UNC and Penn Dental Medicine showed that tooth decay in childhood is characterized by an imbalance in the oral microbiome and that certain previously unrecognized bacteria interact in complex ways.

Hudgens to lead Gillings School’s Department of Biostatistics

July 28, 2023
The Gillings School has appointed Dr. Michael Hudgens as chair of the Department of Biostatistics, effective August 1. He has been on faculty in the department since 2004 and has served as associate chair since 2021.

“Natural” claims on fruity drinks mislead parents

July 19, 2023
Gillings-led research has found that claims of “natural” or “100% all natural” on sugary fruit juices increase parents’ interest in buying these beverages for their children and lead parents to the mistaken belief that these drinks are healthier and contain less added sugar.

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