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Allocation of public health research investments may disadvantage black Americans, study finds

October 10, 2017
“Do black lives matter in public health research and training?” This was the question posed in a recent study co-led by three alumni of the Gillings School, including Department of Epidemiology faculty member Dr. Shabbar Ranapurwala.

Ammerman’s public service honored with Thomas Jefferson Award

October 6, 2017
To Dr. Alice Ammerman, public health is public service. This defining outlook was recognized at the Sept. 8 Faculty Council meeting, during which Ammerman accepted the Thomas Jefferson Award.

Five new Gillings Innovation Labs awarded

October 5, 2017
Five teams of Gillings School researchers and their collaborators have been awarded new funding for Gillings Innovation Laboratory awards (GILs), beginning this fall. The teams are led by Drs. Orlando Coronell, Stephanie Engel, Emily Gower, Stephen Marshall and Kristen Hassmiller-Lynch, and Steven Meshnick. The awards are administered by Research, Innovation and Global Solutions, the Gillings School unit that manages programs funded by the $50 million Gillings gift.

Sullivan selected as Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics fellow

October 4, 2017
Catherine Sullivan, director of the Gillings School’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, was selected as a fellow in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

Wheeler awarded UNC’s Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement

October 3, 2017
Dr. Stephanie Wheeler has been awarded UNC’s Philip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty. A Gillings School alumna, Wheeler joined the School’s faculty in 2010.

UNC researchers receive $61M grant to identify effective treatments for asthma

October 2, 2017
Dr. Anastasia Ivanova will lead a five-year, $61 million study to identify more effective treatments for asthma attacks and will do so by combining two important tools — precision medicine and ‘big data’ analysis. The work is funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Chair of maternal and child health to co-lead grant investigating sexual/gender identity, socioeconomic status and health

October 2, 2017
A new award co-funded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, co-led by Dr. Carolyn Halpern, will explore how sexual orientation/gender identity and socioeconomic status intersect and contribute to health and disease across the life course.

Pence, Hosseinipour to lead NIMH grant on mental health treatment in sub-Saharan Africa

September 28, 2017
Dr. Brian Pence will serve as co-principal investigator for a five-year, $3.6 million grant awarded by the National Institute of Mental Health to the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. The project focuses on implementation science research and capacity building around mental health treatment delivery in Malawi and Tanzania.

Awards recognize outstanding postdoctoral researchers, mentors at Gillings School

September 28, 2017
One postdoctoral scholar and two postdoctoral faculty mentors from the Gillings School have received awards from UNC’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Doctoral student selected as RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar

September 26, 2017
Mya Roberson, epidemiology doctoral student, was one of 40 graduate students selected from across the U.S. to participate in the Health Policy Research Scholars program. The program, led by George Washington University, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, prepares the next generation of public health leaders to tackle persistent health challenges by creating innovative solutions through their research.