School News

Dilworth-Anderson awarded USC’s Pearmain Prize for Excellence in Research on Aging

December 5, 2017
Dr. Peggy Dilworth-Anderson was awarded the 2018 Pearmain Prize for Excellence in Research on Aging by the University of Southern California Roybal Institute on Aging. The award recognizes her outstanding contributions to the field of translational aging research and its import to issues directly relating to older people.

Alumnus Min Yang named Schwarzman Scholar

December 5, 2017
Min Yang, who received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree in health policy and management at the Gillings School, has been selected for the Schwarzman Scholars program, an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship and founded by Blackstone co-founder and chief executive officer Stephen A. Schwarzman.

Speizer to lead $4M Gates Foundation grant to evaluate contraceptive method choices for youth in Africa, Asia

December 4, 2017
Dr. Ilene Speizer is principal investigator for a 4-year, $4 million Gates Foundation grant to inform programs and policies to expand contraceptive method choices for youth ages 15-24 in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Photo by Frerieke.

UNC launches innovative Center on Financial Risk in Environmental Systems

December 4, 2017
UNC has launched the Center on Financial Risk, a partnership between the Gillings School’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and the UNC Institute for the Environment. Dr. Greg Characklis, Philip C. Singer Distinguished Professor, is the center’s director.

Student to take lead on project to improve health of area refugees

December 1, 2017
A master’s student, faculty member and alumnus have been awarded a Kenan-Biddle Partnership grant to improve health and wellness among refugee communities in the Triangle (N.C.) area. Meagan Clawar, health policy and management student (shown left, in black jacket), will co-lead the project, with the Gillings School’s Dr. Dilshad Jaff serving as adviser.

Gillings School’s breastfeeding institute awarded major grant from The Duke Endowment

November 30, 2017
The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, based at the Gillings School, has been awarded a 3-year, $830,000 grant from The Duke Endowment. The grant will be used to expand CGBI’s work with hospitals and communities in North and South Carolina for the purpose of promoting and supporting breastfeeding.

Gillings School hosts delegation from Cuba

November 30, 2017
On Nov. 17, the Gillings School welcomed First Secretary Miguel Fraga from the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Washington, D.C. Among those who met with him were Julie MacMillan and Drs. Peggy Bentley and Clare Barrington.

New study found no increased heart attack risk in users of proton pump inhibitors

November 30, 2017
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medications commonly used for conditions like acid reflux. Doctoral student Suzanne Landi led a recent study that negates earlier reports by finding no increased risk of heart attack among PPI users compared with non-users. These results have important implications for physicians and patients.

Bowers named inaugural recipient of Breast Cancer Challenge Award

November 29, 2017
Dr. Laura Wells Bowers, postdoctoral scholar in the Hursting Lab at UNC, has received the TOS-Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Challenge Award for her presentation on obesity-associated chemotherapy resistance at the 2017 Obesity Week in Washington, D.C.

American Indians, Alaskan Natives have lower five-year cancer survival rate than whites, even in urban areas

November 29, 2017
Earlier research has found that American Indians and Alaskan Natives have the lowest five-year cancer survival rate of any racial/ethnic group in the United States. A new study led by doctoral student Marc Emerson specifically addresses the cancer experience of American Indians and Alaskan Natives residing in urban settings.