September 14, 2009 FACULTY Halpern receives Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring Carolyn Halpern, PhD, associate professor of maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, received the UNC Graduate School’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring at the 2009 doctoral hooding ceremony on May 9.    … Read more »

June 10, 2009 It’s June, the month when many couples promise to stay together “in sickness and in health.”But research shows both men and women tend to gain weight right after marriage – so, as brides and grooms-to-be prepare to tie the knot this summer, nutrition experts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel… Read more »

September 14, 2009 A team of UNC health policy and management graduate students helped convince the Mississippi state legislature to require communities around the state to fluoridate their water. The students include Lauren Brown, Kim Hammersmith, DDS, Ashley Kranz, Presha Patel and Bhav Shukla, as well as Nick Mosca, Mississippi State Dental Director and student… Read more »

September 14, 2009 Adverse reactions to drugs are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. However, there may be a way to predict which people are most likely to suffer a toxic side effect from a drug before they have even taken it. A study published in the online journal Genome… Read more »

September 14, 2009 The UNC Injury Prevention Research Center has received $4.8 million in renewed funding from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The UNC center is one of 11 Injury Control and Research Centers (ICRC) addressing injury prevention in the U.S. With the help of… Read more »

September 14, 2009 Genes play a role in determining who is obese, has hypertension or goes through puberty earlier than peers, according to three studies published recently by researchers in the School’s epidemiology department. Nora Franceschini, MD, MPH, research assistant professor of epidemiology, and Kari E. North, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, were lead authors… Read more »

September 14, 2009 New guidelines for how much weight a woman should gain during pregnancy have been established by a national team of physicians and health care professionals, including Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, UNC epidemiology and nutrition professor and associate chair of the Department of Epidemiology. Siega-Riz was one of four team members who presented… Read more »

September 14, 2009 When Deborah Winn, PhD, began her public health graduate studies in epidemiology, she had not yet identified a research area that inspired her. “I was a graduate student shopping around for a dissertation topic,” says the 1980 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumna. When leading cancer epidemiologists at the National… Read more »

September 14, 2009 Long gone are the days when a seriously ill patient had just one doctor, likely one who had known her for most of her life. Today, patients with a serious diagnosis enter a medical world filled with specialists, advanced technology and mountains of information on the Internet. “People have to navigate really… Read more »

September 14, 2009 As an epidemiologist, Jennifer S. Smith, PhD, looks for risk factors that affect our health. As a behavioral scientist, Noel Brewer, PhD, tries to understand how people make health decisions. From those different perspectives, both researchers provide important weapons in the fight against cervical cancer. Every year, about 12,000 women in the… Read more »