March 28, 2018 UNC Gillings' Dr. Kristin Tully and collaborators are working to have side-car bassinets, specifically designed for mother-infant dyads, available for the U.S. market by 2020.
Maternal and Child Health Research
Study finds association of childhood abuse, neglect with misuse of prescription opioids in early adulthood
March 4, 2018 A new study by Gillings School investigators examines the association of childhood abuse and neglect with prescription opioid misuse in early adulthood-- and the role of pain and depressive symptoms in adolescence in this association. Doctoral student Anna Austin and Dr. Meghan Shanahan are study co-authors.
February 28, 2018 Dr. Dilshad Jaff is co-author of a study that reports on Syrian refugees' need for palliative care services.
February 2, 2018 Dr. Dilshad Jaff has analyzed the problem of road traffic accidents in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and proposes strategies to diminish the financial and human toll associated with that public health challenge. His commentary appears in the Middle East Journal of Family Medicine.
January 26, 2018 Two researchers from the Gillings School contributed to a recently published book, “Breastfeeding: New Anthropological Approaches,” which is the first edited volume on anthropology and breastfeeding published in more than 20 years.
January 26, 2018 Three researchers linked with the Gillings School’s Department of Maternal and Child Health co-authored the Journal of Human Lactation’s most-read article of 2017. Their systematic review examined Step 3 of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, an outline for maternity practices that serves as the foundation for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.
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.
November 10, 2017 Dr. Dilshad Jaff and colleagues offer new perspectives on the challenges of migrant health, particularly focusing on migrants with tuberculosis. They call for alliances between TB programs and migrants' rights organizations, noting that rational public health and human rights approaches can ease the health burden for migrating people.
November 6, 2017 A new study led by a doctoral candidate in the Gillings School finds that girls who mature early often go on to experience lower satisfaction in romantic relationships.
October 18, 2017 Drs. Dilshad Jaff and Lewis Margolis are co-authors of an essay, which appears in the book, Societies Emerging From Conflict: The Aftermath of Atrocity, on the burden of mental illness in war-torn areas of the Middle East.