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MacDonald Gibson wins grant to support research on GenX, other environmental contaminants in NC

April 16, 2018
Dr. Jackie MacDonald Gibson has received funding from the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory to study emerging contaminants in North Carolina, including GenX, a potentially toxic industrial compound that has been detected in the Cape Fear River.

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.

Tully hopes to serve mothers, infants with innovative new bassinet

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.

Federal panel calls for urgent collaborative action to align cancer drug prices with value

March 13, 2018
The President’s Cancer Panel, chaired by Dean Barbara K. Rimer, reports that urgent action must be taken to address the dramatic rise of cancer drug prices and to better align prices with value.

Four UNC Gillings School researchers are among the world’s highly cited

March 2, 2018
Four Gillings School faculty members have been named to Clarivate Analytics’ 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list. They are Dr. Ralph Baric (epidemiology), Dr. Noel Brewer (health behavior), Dr. Hans Paerl (environmental sciences and engineering) and Dr. Barry Popkin (nutrition).

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.

Jaff co-authors survey of Syrian refugees in Jordan who could benefit from palliative care

February 28, 2018
Dr. Dilshad Jaff is co-author of a study that reports on Syrian refugees’ need for palliative care services.

Epidemiology student featured in UNC IGHID report on reconciling guns and health

February 23, 2018
Doctoral student Josie Caves conducts research about intimate partner violence involving a firearm. “My research goal is to flesh out the circumstances where regulations can lower rates of violence,” Caves says.

Rozier, Weintraub co-author oral health paper commissioned by National Academies’ Roundtable on Health Literacy

February 22, 2018
Drs. Gary Rozier and Jane Weintraub are co-authors of a comprehensive paper on the integration of oral health, primary care and health literacy. The commissioned work is part of a series of papers aimed at informing, inspiring and activating the development, implementation and sharing of evidence-based health literacy practices and policies.

Study suggests decreasing time spent depressed could improve HIV outcomes

February 21, 2018
For patients living with HIV, depression is common. A new study links greater time spent depressed with increased likelihood of missing medical appointments, increased risk of HIV treatment failure and higher mortality rates.