May 05, 2008 Parents of children with autism were roughly twice as likely to have been hospitalized for a mental disorder, such as schizophrenia, than parents of other children, according to an analysis of Swedish birth and hospital records by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher and colleagues in the U.S. and… Read more »

September 26, 2008 Active living by design was tapped in February 2008 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to lead Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, a new five-year, $44-million program, to help underserved and vulnerable communities at greatest risk for childhood obesity plan for and implement changes in policies, systems and environments that increase opportunities for… Read more »

September 26, 2008 The School’s Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) in Kannapolis, N.C., will celebrate the opening of a new 126,000-squarefoot research center in November 2008. NRI researchers and staff moved into the new building in August. The new center houses state-of-the-art equipment that will allow NRI scientists to study how nutrition can enhance human health…. Read more »

September 26, 2008 The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), one of the fastest developing nations in the world, has signed a two-year contract with researchers from the School to lead an assessment of health risks due to environmental factors in the country. The contract is for $12.1 million, about $9 million of which will be earmarked… Read more »

September 26, 2008 In the early 1990s, a trivia game called “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” was popular on college campuses. Based on the “small world” experiments by social psychologist Dr. Stanley Milgram in 1967, the game’s premise was that any actor could be correlated to Bacon within six steps, by way of successive film… Read more »

September 26, 2008 It would be difficult to exaggerate the powerful impact of Dr. Bernard Greenberg’s vision and creativity upon the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and beyond. A New York native who served as an infantry captain in World War II, Greenberg completed a doctoral program in experimental statistics at N.C. State… Read more »

September 26, 2008 Since the department was established in 1949, UNC biostatisticians have been on the cutting edge of applying statistical analysis to health care issues. They laid the groundwork for collecting and analyzing biomedical data and revolutionizing the structure of modern clinical trials. The momentum of that early work has only increased, as new… Read more »

September 26, 2008 Single-dose vaccine for multiple respiratory viruses could save lives of infants and children in developing countries Worldwide, more than five million children under age five die each year from respiratory infections like influenza and pneumonia. Nearly all of them live in the developing world. Vaccines could save many of these young lives…. Read more »

September 26, 2008 Caring for people with serious mental illness, substance abuse and/or developmental disabilities has become one of North Carolina’s greatest public health challenges. One in three North Carolina adults (nearly 2 million people) have had a mental health or substance abuse disorder in the past year, and nearly 400,000 have a serious mental… Read more »

September 26, 2008 UNC’s Gillings Innovation Labs (GILs) bring together interdisciplinary research groups to focus concentrated efforts on solving big public health problems. They vary in topic, scope, focus and purpose — but share certain characteristics. All strive to be innovative, have impact, and accelerate solutions to public health problems across North Carolina and around… Read more »