UNC Study: Improvements in WIC packaging led to overall food choice improvements
An improvement in the food choices and nutritional content of WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children), packages has produced analogous changes in overall food purchase habits among program participants. Those are the findings in a new study from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The study,… Read more »
Study of first-graders shows fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevalent in US communities
February 12, 2018
A new study, co-authored by Dr. Philip May, found that between 1 percent and 5 percent of the 6,000 first-graders studied have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Findings were published Feb. 6 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Popkin to present AHA’s Kritchevsky Lecture
January 31, 2018
Dr. Barry M. Popkin has been invited by the American Heart Association Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Council to present the David Kritchevsky Memorial Lecture in New Orleans on March 22.
UNC study links low carbohydrate intake to increased risk of birth defects
January 25, 2018
Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant may want to avoid diets that reduce or eliminate carbohydrates, as such diets could increase the risk of having babies with neural tube birth defects, according to a study led by Dr. Tania Desrosiers.
Shaikh to receive Mary Swartz Rose Young Investigator Award
January 24, 2018
Dr. Raza Shaikh, associate professor of nutrition, has been selected to receive the 2018 Mary Swartz Rose Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Nutrition. The award recognizes outstanding research into the safety and efficacy of bioactive compounds for human health.
Prescribing fresh, nutritious food will improve health of low-income, high-risk patients
January 19, 2018
Dr. Alice Ammerman is co-principal investigator on a project that will provide fresh fruits and vegetables to high-risk, low-income patients at a local medical center in an effort to improve the patients’ health and well-being. Photo of local farmers market, shown at left, was taken by Dr. Ammerman.
Cozzo wins 2017 Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award
January 17, 2018
Alyssa Cozzo, doctoral student in nutrition, has been named recipient of the 2017 Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award. Dr. Campbell, pictured at left, was a leader in UNC cancer research who died of cancer in 2011.
Bulik awarded Distinguished Investigator Grant by Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
January 8, 2018
Dr. Cynthia Bulik is one of 17 scientists awarded a Distinguished Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Bulik, professor of nutrition, is founding director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. Her proposal is a large-scale investigation designed to identify genes that contribute to bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.
Study predicts tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Colombia would reduce consumption, boost government revenue
January 4, 2018
Three researchers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors of a new study that estimates what outcomes would likely result if Colombia were to institute a national tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.
Rimer announces intent to appoint Stürmer as epidemiology chair
December 14, 2017
Dr. Til Stürmer will become chair of the Gillings School’s Department of Epidemiology on March 1, 2018, pending necessary approvals, including from the UNC board of trustees. Dean Barbara K. Rimer expressed confidence in Stürmer’s deep commitment to assuring that the department remains one of the top programs in the world, and thanked outgoing chair, Dr. Andy Olshan, for 11 years of excellent service.