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.

Researchers link early-life exposure to wildfire smoke with early use of upper respiratory medication

July 19, 2023
Children exposed to wildfire smoke in the first trimester of pregnancy or the first few weeks after birth are more likely to be prescribed upper respiratory medication earlier in life, according to a new UNC-EPA study.

Nearly 10% of rural counties in the South are losing hospitals

July 18, 2023
A new study led by Dr. Arrianna Planey found that approximately 10% of rural counties in the U.S. South lost one or more hospitals to a closure between 2007 and 2018. Rural areas with a higher proportion of Black and Latinx residents had longer travel times to access the second nearest acute care hospital.

Hearing aids slow cognitive decline in older adults with hearing loss and at risk for cognitive decline

July 18, 2023
Results from the Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders study found that hearing aids slowed cognitive decline in older adults with mild to moderate hearing loss by 48% in a pre-specified set of participants from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study.

Gillings faculty support new Creativity Hub focused on mental health

July 14, 2023
Applying innovative data science methods to existing data offers an opportunity to improve the effectiveness of a highly stressed and fragmented mental health system that is failing children across North Carolina.

UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke to be awarded up to $50 million from the FDA for new research center

July 11, 2023
Triangle CERSI will work with FDA scientists to perform cutting edge scientific research to better inform and support the FDA’s needs.

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