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Nicotine alters gut microbiome differently in women, study finds

November 7, 2017
Studies have shown that women have greater difficulty in quitting smoking than do men, and a new study of mice by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health explores why that may be the case. Led by Dr. Kun Lu, the study finds that nicotine has a different impact upon the relationship of the brain and gut in women.

Study explores effects of early-onset puberty on romantic relationship quality

November 6, 2017
A new study led by a doctoral candidate in the Gillings School finds that girls who mature early often go on to experience lower satisfaction in romantic relationships.

Student wins second prize in Three-Minute Thesis competition

November 2, 2017
Nicole Kahn, doctoral student in maternal and child health, won second place in UNC’s Three-Minute Thesis competition. Participants develop communication skills by presenting their graduate-level research succinctly to a general audience. Photo courtesy of the UNC Graduate School.

Health policy and management team takes first place in NAHSE case competition

October 31, 2017
Three health policy and management students took first prize at the 22nd annual Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition, held Oct. 17-20 in San Antonio. Each came home with a $4,000 scholarship.

Shafer to represent Gillings School at APHA’s Delta Omega poster session

October 25, 2017
Doctoral student Paul Shafer will represent the Gillings School at the APHA conference as a presenter in the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health poster session.

Study examines characteristics of deaths from drug overdose in North Carolina

October 17, 2017
According to study findings by maternal and child health doctoral student Anna Austin, death by drug overdose is an important and continuing public health concern in the U.S. The average self-inflicted drug overdose victim was 50 years old, female and white. In contrast, the average unintentional drug overdose victim was a 43-year-old male. Austin’s findings were published Oct. 10 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

2017 UNC-IntraHealth fellows explored wide range of health topics in summer program

October 15, 2017
Graduates of the eighth annual UNC-IntraHealth Summer Fellows Program spent 10 weeks working with global health professionals at IntraHealth International, taking part in projects that focused on HIV-related stigma, sexual discrimination at work, and other public health topics. Graduates of the program are Saja Al-Falahi, Alex Dest, Yutaka Endo and Kati Jackson.

‘Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS’ initiative helps students succeed in graduate school

October 12, 2017
Gillings School students Yesenia Merino, Leslie Adams and Samuel Baxter share their experiences as the first in their families to attend graduate school. The article originally appeared in The Graduate School publication, Carolina Chronicle.

Awards recognize outstanding postdoctoral researchers, mentors at Gillings School

September 28, 2017
One postdoctoral scholar and two postdoctoral faculty mentors from the Gillings School have received awards from UNC’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

More treatment options needed for HIV-positive women with cervical dysplasia, study finds

September 18, 2017
Three researchers from the Gillings School are co-authors of an article that compares two treatments for cervical dysplasia, concluding that altogether different protocols are needed to optimally treat cervical dysplasia in women living with HIV.