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When it comes to respiratory effects of wood smoke, sex matters

November 14, 2018
Exposure to wood smoke can have different effects on the respiratory immune systems of men and women — effects that may be obscured when data from men and women are lumped together. "The upshot," said senior author Dr. Ilona Jaspers, "is that we really need to consider sex-specific effects when studying wood smoke and other environmental pollutants that threaten public health."

Olshan, Desrosiers awarded CDC grant to study risk factors for birth defects

October 16, 2018
Drs. Andrew Olshan and Tania Desrosiers have been awarded a five-year, $4.37M CDC grant to support the N.C. Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention. The researchers will team with other research centers to pool data and maximize the potential for discovery and impact related to birth defects. Photo by Derek Thomson.

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.