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UNC awarded Cancer Genome Atlas Grant

September 30, 2009 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of twelve centers announced today by President Obama as part of an unprecedented large-scale, collaborative effort by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) to systematically characterize the genomic changes that occur in cancer.The Cancer Genome… Read more »

New online certificate offered in maternal and child health leadership

September 28, 2009 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health has announced an online certificate program available to working public health professionals. The Certificate in Maternal and Child Health Leadership is designed to provide practitioners with core knowledge, skills and competencies for promoting the health of women and… Read more »

Graduate School announces 24 merit awards for public health students

  September 22, 2009 Twenty-four master’s and doctoral students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have received merit awards for study this academic year and beyond, the UNC Graduate School has announced. The students and their awards are listed below, by department. Biostatistics • Sayan Dasgupta (Doctoral Merit Assistantship) Environmental Sciences and… Read more »

Devlin, alumna and former state health director, joins School as Gillings Visiting Professor

September 22, 2009 Dr. Leah Devlin Leah M. Devlin, DDS, MPH, who until recently was North Carolina’s State Health Director, has been appointed as a Gillings Visiting Professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The position is based in the Department of Health Policy and Management. In her new role, Devlin will… Read more »

UNC study: Color-coded chart improves parents’ understanding of body mass index (BMI)

  September 17, 2009 A new study shows that parents are more likely to understand a body mass index (BMI) chart if it is color-coded, like a traffic light, than the standard charts currently in use. Dr. Eliana Perrin “We think that better communication of BMI from doctor to parent could lead to parents’ earlier… Read more »

UNC certificate program graduates 500 students in first decade

September 17, 2009 Cassandra Thompson accepts her Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts from Senior Associate Dean David Potenziani in December 2008. The certificate education program at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health celebrated a major milestone in August – the 500th graduate of the Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts program. The… Read more »

UNC study: Lose weight while listening to your MP3 player

September 15, 2009 With obesity and weight-related illnesses on the rise, researchers continue to look for better ways to help people shed extra pounds and keep them off. A new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study finds that help may be as close as the earbuds on your MP3 player. Dr. Brie Turner-McGrievy… Read more »

Golden receives service award from rape crisis center

September 10, 2009 Shelley Golden Shelley Golden, MPH, lecturer in health behavior and health education at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Orange County (N.C.) Rape Crisis Center’s Margaret Henderson Award for Service and Self-Care, the Center has announced. Golden will accept the award at the organization’s annual meeting at… Read more »

Gene variant heightens risk of severe liver disease in cystic fibrosis

September 09, 2009 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a genetic risk factor for severe liver disease in people with cystic fibrosis. Those who carry a particular variant of the SERPINA1 gene (also known as alpha-1-antitrypsin or alpha-1-antiprotease) are five times more likely to develop cirrhosis and other liver… Read more »

UNC study: Insecticide-treated bed nets reduce infant deaths in Democratic Republic of Congo

September 04, 2009 Giving insecticide-treated bed nets to nearly 18,000 mothers at prenatal clinics in the Democratic Republic of Congo prevented an estimated 414 infant deaths from malaria, a study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers concludes. Dr. Andrea Biddle Co-authors of the study from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »