UNC research identifies genetic variations linked to brain activity, mental health

May 27, 2022
Researchers have uncovered 45 common genetic variations that could help health care providers better understand the genetic factors that impact behavioral and mental health and identify those who may be at higher risk for neurological disorders.

Greater diversity in genetic studies helps researchers uncover new insights

April 13, 2022
Researchers from Penn State and the Gillings School identified 42 regions of the genome related to health and growth by examining data from Hispanic/Latino individuals.

NIH funds $2.8M Gillings research on personalized messaging for weight management app

February 17, 2022
A new grant from the National Institutes of Health will help researchers at the Gillings School develop personalized messaging strategies that nutrition apps can use to nudge users toward modifying behavior to meet their goals.

Study shows COVID-19 vaccines provide lasting protections

January 12, 2022
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that, despite breakthrough infections, COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death. The findings support the use of boosters to provide ongoing protection.

$12M NSF grant will establish nationwide atmospheric measurement network

December 15, 2021
Dr. Jason Surratt will serve as UNC's principal investigator on a large National Science Foundation-funded project to determine the content of airborne particulate matter, which has significant effects on health and climate change. He will oversee one of 12 research sites that, together, will form the Atmospheric Science and mEasurement NeTwork (ASCENT).

New research sheds light on microbial link between gut and brain in mammals

October 20, 2021
Microbes in the mammalian gut appear to play a major factor in the landscape of chemical processes in the body and may influence communication between the gut and the brain, according to new research from the lab of Dr. Kun Lu.

UNC researchers awarded $9.25 million to study DNA variance related to disease

September 30, 2021
Dr. Michael Love, assistant professor of biostatistics at the Gillings School, is a co-investigator on a new five-year project — part of the $185 million Impact of Genomic Variation on Function Consortium, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Rethinking a century of fluid flows

July 1, 2021
Using the TCAT model, researchers are upending traditional methods of fluid flow calculation. Physics at this microscale provide a fundamental groundwork for solving problems that are of interest to society.

Taking more steps daily may lead to a longer life

May 20, 2021
Taking more steps per day, either all at once or in shorter spurts, may help you live longer, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology, Prevention, Lifestyle & Cardiometabolic Health Conference 2021.

Predicting potential pitfalls of battery-driven power systems

May 14, 2021
Batteries could be critical in the transition to clean energy, but the same characteristics that make them attractive could enable users to exploit the electric power system for private profit while increasing overall costs and making grid management more difficult.

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