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Gopal delivers winter commencement address

December 18, 2017
Dr. Satish Gopal, alumnus and adjunct faculty member in epidemiology, delivered the 2017 winter commencement address on Dec. 17. More than 1,160 students were awarded undergraduate, master’s, doctoral or professional degrees at the mid-year commencement. Photo at left by Jon Gardiner.

Bilsborrow on UNC team awarded NASA grant to study island ecosystems

December 6, 2017
Biostatistician Dr. Richard Bilsborrow is among researchers who have been awarded a NASA grant to examine the effects of social and ecological factors, particularly human migration and tourism on the environment and on the sustainability of island ecosystems. Photo by ‘Aaron’ on Creative Commons.

Dilworth-Anderson awarded USC’s Pearmain Prize for Excellence in Research on Aging

December 5, 2017
Dr. Peggy Dilworth-Anderson was awarded the 2018 Pearmain Prize for Excellence in Research on Aging by the University of Southern California Roybal Institute on Aging. The award recognizes her outstanding contributions to the field of translational aging research and its import to issues directly relating to older people.

Alumnus Min Yang named Schwarzman Scholar

December 5, 2017
Min Yang, who received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree in health policy and management at the Gillings School, has been selected for the Schwarzman Scholars program, an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship and founded by Blackstone co-founder and chief executive officer Stephen A. Schwarzman.

Speizer to lead $4M Gates Foundation grant to evaluate contraceptive method choices for youth in Africa, Asia

December 4, 2017
Dr. Ilene Speizer is principal investigator for a 4-year, $4 million Gates Foundation grant to inform programs and policies to expand contraceptive method choices for youth ages 15-24 in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Photo by Frerieke.

Student to take lead on project to improve health of area refugees

December 1, 2017
A master’s student, faculty member and alumnus have been awarded a Kenan-Biddle Partnership grant to improve health and wellness among refugee communities in the Triangle (N.C.) area. Meagan Clawar, health policy and management student (shown left, in black jacket), will co-lead the project, with the Gillings School’s Dr. Dilshad Jaff serving as adviser.

Gillings School hosts delegation from Cuba

November 30, 2017
On Nov. 17, the Gillings School welcomed First Secretary Miguel Fraga from the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Washington, D.C. Among those who met with him were Julie MacMillan and Drs. Peggy Bentley and Clare Barrington.

New study found no increased heart attack risk in users of proton pump inhibitors

November 30, 2017
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medications commonly used for conditions like acid reflux. Doctoral student Suzanne Landi led a recent study that negates earlier reports by finding no increased risk of heart attack among PPI users compared with non-users. These results have important implications for physicians and patients.

American Indians, Alaskan Natives have lower five-year cancer survival rate than whites, even in urban areas

November 29, 2017
Earlier research has found that American Indians and Alaskan Natives have the lowest five-year cancer survival rate of any racial/ethnic group in the United States. A new study led by doctoral student Marc Emerson specifically addresses the cancer experience of American Indians and Alaskan Natives residing in urban settings.

Physician asks, ‘Global health: What’s in it for us?’

November 27, 2017
Dr. Satish Gopal, an American oncologist who lives and works in Malawi, makes a case for the importance of research and practice in global health. His commentary appears in the Oct. 10 issue of JAMA. (Photo courtesy of the Vermont National Guard.)