New dashboard estimates number of NC residents eligible for each vaccine phase

February 23, 2021
As North Carolina prepares to enter Phase 3 of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, the North Carolina Institute for Public Health has created a set of dashboards to assist local planning by providing valid population estimates for the phased distribution of the vaccine in the state.

Activity trackers may help patients maintain physical activity after cardiac rehabilitation discharge

February 4, 2021
A new study that includes research from Dr. Kelly Evenson suggests that activity trackers could help patients maintain necessary levels of physical activity after they are discharged from outpatient cardiac rehabilitation.

Study shows new machine learning method may lead to optimal cancer treatment decisions

December 4, 2020
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University have developed a computational framework to generate evidence-based optimal cancer treatment decisions informed by a patient’s genomic biomarkers. The findings, which may aid in the development of precision cancer treatments, are published in the Journal of the American Statistical Association.

ACS/Pfizer grant funds research into racial disparities in breast cancer care quality in North Carolina

December 3, 2020
The grant is part of a national campaign focused on optimizing cancer outcomes for people of color by identifying and eliminating systemic race-related barriers and disparities in the delivery of care that impact outcomes across all cancer types.

PCORI funds UNC research to assess representativeness of COVID-19 treatment trials

November 16, 2020
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is funding research at the Gillings School to compare how participants in COVID-19 clinical trials differ from real-world patients infected with the virus.

North Carolina sees highest estimates to-date in prevalence of autism spectrum disorder in 8-year-olds

June 25, 2020
The 2020 Community Report on Autism from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which includes research from Dr. Julie Daniels, has found that the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder detected in 8-year-olds in North Carolina was significantly higher than the national average. It also found that the prevalence detected in 4-year-olds was lower.

The Gillings Community Responds to COVID-19: Tracking the Spread

May 18, 2020
The asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 has created a significant challenge for public health experts. Learn how faculty and alumni in epidemiology, health behavior and biostatistics are working to track the spread of the disease through studies, contact tracing, modeling and more.

Gillings team wins student data analysis competition to tackle North Carolina health challenges

May 6, 2020
An interdisciplinary team of doctoral and graduate students – including Mekhala Dissanayake, Erica Zeno, Kathryn Carpenter and Emily Newman – recently won first place in the North Carolina Well-Being Data Analysis Competition.

Gillings School partners with state, local agencies in North Carolina to study COVID-19 cases with mild or no symptoms

April 23, 2020
The Gillings School, including the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, is teaming up with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and other partners across the state to learn more about the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in N.C. that are mild or asymptomatic.

Can social media help track the spread of disease?

March 30, 2020
Disease surveillance means monitoring the spread of disease through populations in order to establish patterns and minimize harm caused by outbreaks. In a recent article, UNC researchers explored how to effectively and ethically include social media and broader Internet tracking as part of public health surveillance.

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