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Researchers find fewer young people are completing the HPV vaccine series, urge better compliance

May 18, 2018
UNC researchers led by doctoral student Jennifer Spencer have reported in a new study that follow-through on the HPV vaccine – the percentage of those who complete the series within a year of receiving their first dose – has fallen dramatically. The drop is problematic, given that timely completion of the vaccine series protects those who are sexually active from a number of reproductive system cancers, notably cervical and anal cancers. Photo by VCU CNS.

Doctoral student appointed chief executive officer of foundation

May 18, 2018
Brian Castrucci, executive doctoral student in health policy and management at the Gillings School, has been named chief executive officer for the de Beaumont Foundation.

Five UNC Gillings students win recognition from ASN

May 17, 2018
Five doctoral students from the Gillings School’s Department of Nutrition have received recognition from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). They will present research at the ASN’s annual meeting in June.

Gillings School’s 78th Commencement celebrates the Class of 2018

A story about a flippable “Open” and “Closed” restaurant sign and another about a gardener’s preference of red over pink flowers may seem innocuous enough on the surface, but they were offered as powerful allegories about systemic, institutionalized racism by the presenter of this year’s Commencement address for the graduates of the University of North… Read more »

New study confirms link between maternal phthalate levels, risk of ADHD in children

May 10, 2018
A newly published study of mothers and children in Norway has confirmed an association between high phthalate concentrations in maternal urine and increased risk of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

Study finds breast cancer places greater financial burden on black women

May 4, 2018
Having breast cancer places a significantly greater financial strain on black women than on white women, according to a study led by the Gillings School’s Dr. Stephanie Wheeler.

Research identifies strategies to reverse obesity’s lingering, pro-cancer effects

April 22, 2018
Research from the lab of Dr. Stephen Hursting aims to reverse obesity-linked biological changes in the body associated with cancer growth. Hursting and several lab colleagues presented their findings at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Four UNC Gillings students named Phillips Ambassadors

April 18, 2018
Gillings School students William Keith Blanks Jr., Wei Chang, Blythe King and Julie Nguyen will represent UNC in Asia as Phillips Ambassadors.

Gillings PhD student receives Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Burcu Bozkurt, a PhD student in health policy and management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health has received a 2018 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Now in its 20th year, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants… Read more »

Study finds association of childhood abuse, neglect with misuse of prescription opioids in early adulthood

March 4, 2018
A new study by Gillings School investigators examines the association of childhood abuse and neglect with prescription opioid misuse in early adulthood– and the role of pain and depressive symptoms in adolescence in this association. Doctoral student Anna Austin and Dr. Meghan Shanahan are study co-authors.