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Bartram presents keynote address at Global Leadership Council

October 12, 2018 Dr. Jamie Bartram was honored on Oct. 4 at a meeting of the UNC Global Leadership Council. There, he delivered a keynote address on the importance of water in North Carolina and around the world, the challenges of ensuring safe water and sanitation, and the accomplishments of The Water Institute at UNC.

Mayer-Davis reappointed as nutrition chair

October 12, 2018 Dr. Beth Mayer-Davis has been reappointed to a 5-year term as chair of the Gillings School's nutrition department. "I am impressed and highly motivated on a daily basis by the deep dedication and incredible talent of our department's students, faculty and staff,” she said.

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

FDA turns to scientists at UNC to fill knowledge gaps in the opioid crisis

October 5, 2018 The FDA has commissioned a set of visionary studies to answer critical questions about the opioid crisis in the U.S. A four-year award of up to $6.6 million to UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Kentucky will ensure FDA’s readiness to evaluate innovative emerging technologies in pharmacology. Photo by Virginia Commonwealth University.

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.

Breaking the link between obesity, gastrointestinal cancers

September 30, 2018 Previous studies have demonstrated a connection between obesity and a person’s risk of developing colon and other gastrointestinal cancers. Now, scientists are investigating approaches that can break that relationship. Dr. Steven Hursting has co-authored an extensive review of research establishing the biological links between obesity and various gastrointestinal cancers, and of studies showing how various weight-related interventions may help reverse this connection.