School News

New research on global surface ozone levels highlights regions, populations most affected by air pollution

February 7, 2018
Dr. Joseph Pinto is a co-author of an international Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report that presents analyses of ozone levels around the world. The research was led by the universities of Leicester and Edinburg and 12 other institutions.

Gillings School joins others refusing funding from foundation

February 7, 2018
Dean Barbara K. Rimer has added the name of the Gillings School to those of 18 other schools of public health in a statement refusing funding from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. The foundation reportedly will receive $1 billion in funding from Philip Morris International.

Health indicators for newborns of breast cancer survivors may vary by cancer type

February 6, 2018
For breast cancer survivors, the risk of giving birth prematurely, and of other health concerns for their newborns, may depend upon the type of breast cancer they had, according to a study led by Dr. Hazel Nichols. The study was published Jan. 4 in the International Journal of Cancer.

Characklis and team awarded $2.5M NSF grant to study flood, drought conditions in Oregon

February 2, 2018
Dr. Gregory Characklis is part of a team awarded a $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant to study the variability of flood and drought conditions in Oregon and the effects of those conditions on food, water and energy production in the region.

Jaff proposes strategies to reduce traffic-related deaths, injuries in Kurdistan region of Iraq

February 2, 2018
Dr. Dilshad Jaff has analyzed the problem of road traffic accidents in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and proposes strategies to diminish the financial and human toll associated with that public health challenge. His commentary appears in the Middle East Journal of Family Medicine.

Popkin to present AHA’s Kritchevsky Lecture

January 31, 2018
Dr. Barry M. Popkin has been invited by the American Heart Association Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Council to present the David Kritchevsky Memorial Lecture in New Orleans on March 22.

New edited volume informs breastfeeding through anthropological research

January 26, 2018
Two researchers from the Gillings School contributed to a recently published book, “Breastfeeding: New Anthropological Approaches,” which is the first edited volume on anthropology and breastfeeding published in more than 20 years.

Article by three Gillings researchers is Journal of Human Lactation’s top-read post for 2017

January 26, 2018
Three researchers linked with the Gillings School’s Department of Maternal and Child Health co-authored the Journal of Human Lactation’s most-read article of 2017. Their systematic review examined Step 3 of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, an outline for maternity practices that serves as the foundation for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

UNC study links low carbohydrate intake to increased risk of birth defects

January 25, 2018
Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant may want to avoid diets that reduce or eliminate carbohydrates, as such diets could increase the risk of having babies with neural tube birth defects, according to a study led by Dr. Tania Desrosiers.

MEASURE Evaluation project scores $232M for social science research, UNC’s largest-ever award

January 24, 2018
MEASURE Evaluation, a 5-year cooperative agreement funded by USAID and directed by Dr. Jim Thomas (left) recently received another $52 million in USAID support, making the project the recipient of UNC’s largest-ever award — a total of $231.9 million.