Category

Epidemiology Research

Scientists train a computer to classify breast cancer tumors

November 30, 2018
A recent study published in the journal NPJ Breast Cancer used a form of artificial intelligence called machine learning to train a computer to identify certain features of breast cancer tumors from images. Dr. Melissa Troester is a co-author.

Mailed HPV tests can help find women at risk for cervical cancer

November 10, 2018
A new study led by Andrea Des Marais and Dr. Jennifer Smith finds that mailing self-collection kits to test for high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection has potential to boost cervical cancer screening – especially for low-income women who are overdue for testing. Photo by Kenny Luo.

Parents, providers in five countries approve of new two-dose HPV vaccination

November 5, 2018
Mothers of and health care providers for adolescent girls in Argentina, Malaysia, South Africa, South Korea and Spain prefer the two-dose, rather than three-dose, HPV vaccination schedule, according to research by epidemiology doctoral student Jessica Islam and others. The study brings hope that decreasing costs and doctor visits will lead to improved vaccination coverage and lower rates of HPV-associated cancers. Photo by Pan American Health Organization.

Researchers examine relationship of campus policies to prevalence of campus sexual assault

October 21, 2018
An interdisciplinary team led by researchers at the Gillings School explored the critical issue of campus sexual assault in their article, "Starting the Conversation: Are Campus Sexual Assault Policies Related to the Prevalence of Campus Sexual Assault?" The work will be included in a special November issue of the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Photo by Angel Leon.

ADHD medication use has increased, but some still do not receive needed treatment

October 11, 2018
Dr. Til Stürmer has co-authored a study showing that the use of medications to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the rise in both adults and children worldwide, though at varying rates. The study, which analyzed the electronic patient records of more than 154 million people from 14 countries, was published in The Lancet Psychiatry. is a co-author on the paper. The study between 2001 and 2015 and provides

New study finds gene variant predisposes people to Type 2 diabetes and also low body weight

October 2, 2018 A new study finds that a well-known gene variant linked to Type 2 diabetes also may predispose a person to being leaner or having a lower body weight. The findings are striking, as many individuals with Type 2 diabetes are obese. The work is one of the first examinations of the gene in a very large, representative sample of diverse Hispanics and Latinos. Photo courtesy of Rutgers School of Nursing.

Gillings School researchers contribute to special issue of Journal of Interpersonal Violence

September 23, 2018 This fall, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence will publish a special issue, "Preventing violence: The role of public policies in preventing intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, and sexual violence." The issue features several articles by Gillings School researchers, including the commentary, "Leveraging Data to Strengthen Campus Sexual Assault Policies," published online Sept. 5. Photo by Ed Yourdon.

Study demonstrates benefits among people living with HIV who inject drugs

September 5, 2018 Gillings School researchers are part of an international team reporting promising findings related to the prevention of HIV transmission among people who are HIV-positive and use injectable drugs and their partners. The key findings of HPTN 074, part of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), were published Aug. 30 in The Lancet.