Broad spectrum antiviral proves highly effective at preventing, treating COVID-19 infection

February 9, 2021
Using a novel in vivo research model containing human lung tissue, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC School of Medicine scientists demonstrated that the experimental drug EIDD-2801 proved dramatically effective at preventing and treating SARS-CoV-2 infection.

New WHO resources leverage Gillings expertise to improve quality of care worldwide

February 8, 2021
With the need for quality health care more acute than ever, Gillings Global Advisor Sheila Leatherman and researchers at the Gillings School have collaborated with the World Health Organization to develop a set of resources that can help health and humanitarian agencies design an approach to quality care delivery in fragile, conflict-affected and vulnerable settings.

Study finds no negative economic impact from Chilean food labeling and advertising law

January 26, 2021
New research from the Global Food Research Program at UNC-Chapel Hill finds that the food and beverage sector in Chile did not face significant job losses or wage decreases 18 months after implementation of its food labeling and advertising law.

Addressing pandemic problems

January 19, 2021
While COVID-19 has shaken the world, it has also pushed society to be more innovative and creative — two attributes that have been essential to the success of researchers at UNC. Carolina students, faculty and staff are engaged in an abundance of projects, making UNC the most cited university in the United States for coronavirus research.

PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center at UNC Gillings School redesignated for 4 more years

January 13, 2021
The Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School has been the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Collaborating Center for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health since 2008. In fall 2020, it was redesignated as such for the third time.

Gillings professor studies alcohol and HIV, leads NIH grant site in Vietnam

January 5, 2021
Dr. Vivian Go is a social epidemiologist who designs, implements and evaluates HIV interventions among marginalized populations in Asia. She has worked for more than 15 years in Vietnam, and both a recent scientific publication and large grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) represent the continuation of her efforts to prevent HIV infection.

Virtual Water and Health Conference gives new platform to necessary WaSH conversations

November 24, 2020
For the first time since it was established in 2009, the UNC Water Institute held the 2020 Water and Health Conference online. The conference saw record attendance as it brought together experts and policymakers from around the world to examine the latest trends and evidence to inform policy and practice in water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH).

Antibody cocktails at low doses could be more effective at treating COVID-19

November 20, 2020
Pairs of antibodies may be more effective than single antibodies at preventing and treating COVID-19, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The Rockefeller University in New York.

AJPH editorial: Populism threatens the public health response to COVID-19

November 13, 2020
In an editorial published in the American Journal of Public Health, doctoral candidate Caitlin Williams and Dr. Benjamin Mason Meier write that populist policies have hindered public health responses to COVID-19 and could have lasting consequences on health and human rights.

Common SARS-CoV-2 mutation may be more susceptible to vaccine

November 12, 2020
A new study published in Science confirms that the D614G spike mutation allows the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 to replicate faster, outcompete and transmit more easily between hosts compared to the original virus. However, the mutation that enabled this strain to spread so quickly around the globe may also make it more susceptible to a vaccine.

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