UNC researchers develop mapping tool to protect populations from environmental chemicals

February 15, 2022
A new tool developed by UNC environmental health researchers allows users to visualize trends in environmental contaminants, demographic information and environmental justice indicators across North Carolina.

Woods brings science to N.C. communities’ fight against environmental hazards

January 31, 2022
For more than a decade, Dr. Courtney Woods has focused on participatory research – a method that allows her to tap local expertise to support communities experiencing environmental racism. With funding from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, she created the Environmental Justice Action Research Clinic. It will function like a legal clinic to provide timely technical support to local responses to critical environmental health concerns.

Checking in with COVID-19 Gillings Innovation Labs

November 24, 2021
Five of the COVID-19 research projects funded through a special round of Gillings Innovation Laboratory awards (GILs) have now been completed, and the two remaining are expected to wrap in early 2022. Their work has been critical in influencing local and global pandemic response efforts through policy, practice and community engagement.

Gillings alum receives $3.7m to develop chatbot for new parents

November 18, 2021
Epidemiology alum Quynh Nguyen, PhD, is part of a research team that received a $3.7 million grant from the NIH to develop a tool that will provide information for new parents. The chatbot, named Rosie, is designed to reduce postpartum depression and improve infant health by providing immediate and accurate information that is tailored to the individual.

On the frontlines of the pandemic

November 17, 2021
As the COVID-19 pandemic began making an impact in the United States in March of 2020, Carolina alumnus Joseph Engeda found himself using his doctoral degree in epidemiology to respond and understand a growing threat.

UNC awarded $5M for READDI collaboration to prevent future pandemics

November 11, 2021
RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, announced the winner of its Forethought Research Collaboration Challenge. The group of researchers working to combat the next pandemic, led by experts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will receive $5 million in seed funding to produce antiviral drugs for the future.

Gillings faculty, students and alumni track human rights effects of COVID-19 response

November 10, 2021
The public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic was uniquely widespread and rapid, with equally widespread potential for human rights impacts across nations and throughout the world. A group of faculty members, students and alumni of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health created a database that uses media coverage to monitor potential violations of human rights.

Building a better bassinet

November 9, 2021
Carolina faculty helped develop an innovative hospital bassinet that enables breastfeeding and chestfeeding, skin-to-skin contact, and mother-infant bonding while improving newborn safety.

New resource offers guidance to optimize digital health assessments

November 8, 2021
A team led by Dr. Manish Kumar, an alum of and adjunct assistant professor at UNC Gillings, developed a new resource that brings much-needed clarity to the process of improving digital health capability for public health systems.

Vickers works to improve world's access to clean water

November 2, 2021
Royster Fellow and UNC Gillings doctoral student Riley Vickers is bringing his distinct expertise to a multidisciplinary team working to improve the world’s access to clean water.

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