UNC study suggests DNA methylation as potential biomarker for cervical dysplasia
April 6, 2018
A new study co-authored by researchers in the UNC Gillings School is among the first to assess DNA methylation of imprinted genes as a potential biomarker for the progression of cervical dysplasia.
Study finds self-collected specimens comparable to physician-collected specimens for STI screening accuracy
February 8, 2018
A new study in Nairobi, Kenya, found that self-collection of specimens was comparable to physician-collection for the screening of four sexually transmitted infections in a population of female sex workers.
UNC researchers receive $61M grant to identify effective treatments for asthma
October 2, 2017
Dr. Anastasia Ivanova will lead a five-year, $61 million study to identify more effective treatments for asthma attacks and will do so by combining two important tools — precision medicine and ‘big data’ analysis. The work is funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
More treatment options needed for HIV-positive women with cervical dysplasia, study finds
September 18, 2017
Three researchers from the Gillings School are co-authors of an article that compares two treatments for cervical dysplasia, concluding that altogether different protocols are needed to optimally treat cervical dysplasia in women living with HIV.
UNC team awarded $3.25M grant to study role of placenta in children’s later-life health
September 13, 2017
Researchers from the Departments of Epidemiology, Maternal and Child Health, and Biostatistics have been awarded a large grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to investigate the role of the placenta as a driver of children’s later-life health.
Home test for HPV may be lifesaving for women who do not receive regular cervical cancer screenings
July 25, 2017
A new study, led by Dr. Jennifer Smith and published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, finds a convenient at-home test for human papillomavirus (HPV) to be a promising tool for preventing cervical cancer in underscreened women in the United States.
Largest study of Hispanics/Latinos in US presents new findings about lung capacity in people of Dominican, Puerto Rican ethnicity
July 14, 2017
A new study led by Gillings School researchers has determined reference parameters for measuring lung capacity in non-Mexican American Hispanics. Accurate reference values for such measures are important for diagnosing common chronic lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and predicting mortality.
Study findings suggest some individuals are genetically more vulnerable to harm from air pollution
June 9, 2017
Findings from a study led by a doctoral student of epidemiology suggest that some individuals are genetically susceptible to experiencing especially negative effects from air pollution, even when pollution levels fall below current U.S. accepted standards.
Obese adults experience increased influenza risk despite being vaccinated, study finds
June 6, 2017
Melinda A. Beck, PhD, of the UNC Gillings Department of Nutrition, is the corresponding author of a new study in the International Journal of Obesity. The study found that, compared to adults of healthy weight, obese adults are twice as likely to contract the flu or a flu-like illness despite being vaccinated.
New findings on genes, hypertension highlight importance of studying populations with African ancestry
May 17, 2017
A recent study identified three novel genomic regions related to hypertension susceptibility in individuals with African ancestry.