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Researchers find fewer young people are completing the HPV vaccine series, urge better compliance

May 18, 2018
UNC researchers led by doctoral student Jennifer Spencer have reported in a new study that follow-through on the HPV vaccine – the percentage of those who complete the series within a year of receiving their first dose – has fallen dramatically. The drop is problematic, given that timely completion of the vaccine series protects those who are sexually active from a number of reproductive system cancers, notably cervical and anal cancers. Photo by VCU CNS.

Doctoral student appointed chief executive officer of foundation

May 18, 2018
Brian Castrucci, executive doctoral student in health policy and management at the Gillings School, has been named chief executive officer for the de Beaumont Foundation.

Study examines sustained effects of NC’s Medicaid ‘lock-in’ program on prescription drugs

May 17, 2018
A study led by Dr. Rebecca Naumann and other Gillings School faculty members has reviewed North Carolina’s Medicaid “lock-in” program and the program’s impact upon the number of opioid prescriptions obtained. Photo by Virginia Commonwealth University Capital News Service.

Five UNC Gillings students win recognition from ASN

May 17, 2018
Five doctoral students from the Gillings School’s Department of Nutrition have received recognition from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). They will present research at the ASN’s annual meeting in June.

Gillings School’s 78th Commencement celebrates the Class of 2018

A story about a flippable “Open” and “Closed” restaurant sign and another about a gardener’s preference of red over pink flowers may seem innocuous enough on the surface, but they were offered as powerful allegories about systemic, institutionalized racism by the presenter of this year’s Commencement address for the graduates of the University of North… Read more »

New study confirms link between maternal phthalate levels, risk of ADHD in children

May 10, 2018
A newly published study of mothers and children in Norway has confirmed an association between high phthalate concentrations in maternal urine and increased risk of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

Bartram, Brocklehurst invited, in new Nature journal, to critique UN’s global goals for water and sanitation

May 9, 2018
Dr. Jamie Bartram and Clarissa Brocklehurst are co-first authors of a paper that reviews implementation targets and indicators for the United Nations’ sustainable development goal for water and sanitation. Their observations were published April 26 in the new open access journal, NPJ Clean Water.

Holzworth named consortium’s Global Health Champion

May 9, 2018
Donald Holzworth, executive in residence at the Gillings School, has been named the Triangle Global Health Consortium’s 2018 Global Health Champion. The award recognizes career-long commitment to the advancement of global health.

Gillings School researchers join ‘creativity hubs’ to fight obesity, improve water access

May 8, 2018
Eighteen researchers from the Gillings School are part of the two newly awarded Carolina Creativity Hubs, which will leverage interdisciplinary work to fight obesity and improve water access.

Study finds breast cancer places greater financial burden on black women

May 4, 2018
Having breast cancer places a significantly greater financial strain on black women than on white women, according to a study led by the Gillings School’s Dr. Stephanie Wheeler.