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.
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.
September 30, 2018 Dr. Heidi Reynolds will lead MEASURE Evaluation's $48 million USAID project aimed at helping low-resource countries gather and use information to strengthen their health policies and programs and improve the health of their citizens.
September 30, 2018 USAID has awarded MEASURE Evaluation more than $35 million to strengthen tuberculosis data and knowledge sharing worldwide. Dr. Jim Thomas is principal investigator for the work. Photo by the Advocacy Project (Zimbabwe).
Breastfeeding Institute responds to Hurricane Florence with support for infant and young child feeding
September 28, 2018 Hurricane Florence brought heavy rains and catastrophic flooding to parts of North and South Carolina. The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute was among the first responders, helping to ensure that infants and children stayed safe and well-fed in the aftermath of the storm.
September 26, 2018 On Sept. 25, Dr. Vic Schoenbach was awarded the American College of Epidemiology’s Abraham Lilienfeld Award for career-long achievement.
September 23, 2018 This fall, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence will publish a special issue, "Preventing violence: The role of public policies in preventing intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, and sexual violence." The issue features several articles by Gillings School researchers, including the commentary, "Leveraging Data to Strengthen Campus Sexual Assault Policies," published online Sept. 5. Photo by Ed Yourdon.
September 23, 2018 Black and Hispanic children with Type 1 diabetes have a higher risk of experiencing poorer glucose control over time, a finding that shows minority health disparities in patients with diabetes begins soon after diagnosis, according to new research published in JAMA. Medical and doctoral student Anna Kahkoska led the study. Photo by Patrick Giblin.
September 23, 2018 Dr. Jennifer Lund recently was awarded a $732,000 grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Lund serves as principal investigator for the project, "Enhancing hybrid study designs for comparative effectiveness research.” Photo by U.S. Army Africa.
September 23, 2018 Dr. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson has received a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine ways that public water infrastructure can be modified to better protect people during water-related natural and human-caused disasters. Photo by Ben Gordon.