September 14, 2009 It started more than a decade ago, when a group of women on Long Island became concerned about reports that the breast cancer rate in their region was above the national average. In 1993, the advocates — many of them breast cancer survivors — pressed Congress to pass a law requiring a… Read more »

September 14, 2009 “Neuroblastoma” is a big word for a cancer that affects the smallest among us and in relatively small numbers. But UNC-led research could bring huge benefits by zeroing in on risk factors, the role of genetics and whether vitamins taken by pregnant women can make a difference in whether children get neuroblastoma…. Read more »

September 14, 2009 Throughout his two decades of studying head and neck cancers, Andrew Olshan, PhD, has uncovered information that has helped physicians treat and possibly prevent the disease. Treatments for these cancers can dramatically affect function and put patients in the distressing position of learning to talk, eat, swallow or even breathe in new… Read more »

September 14, 2009 UNC sweeps state in wide-ranging study to find causes of breast cancer in black women Each year in North Carolina, about 8,100 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. And each year, about 1,300 women in the state die from breast cancer. Overall, more white women get breast cancer than do black women,… Read more »

September 14, 2009 UNC tackles cancer as a public health issue, from research to prevention to treatment to survivorship Every family has a cancer story. So does every neighbor, friend, co-worker and employer. That’s why it’s not just a statistic — it’s a human issue. And that’s why it’s not just a disease — it’s… Read more »

April 23, 2010 Alumnus Delton Atkinson is soft-spoken, but his work in the world speaks powerfully and eloquently about his dedication to public health. Now deputy director of the Division of Vital Statistics in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, Atkinson earned two Master of Public Health degrees from… Read more »

April 23, 2010 A tradition at the School’s annual World of Difference dinner, held for donors who give at the Rosenau Society* level and higher, makes for a poignant stage picture. When a new endowed professorship is established, both recipient and donor are presented with a UNC captain’s chair to mark the occasion. In November… Read more »

April 23, 2010 More than 300 alumni and friends of UNC’s biostatistics department came to Chapel Hill, N.C., on Oct. 12, 2009, to celebrate the department’s 60th anniversary. A series of presentations illuminated the department’s distinguished history, and attendees from as far away as Brazil shared remembrances about their experiences in Chapel Hill. The multiple-day… Read more »

April 23, 2010 Pharmaceutical company sanofi-aventis is sponsoring a new Department of Nutrition scholarship program that will help bring top international doctoral students to UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Through the sanofi-aventis – UNC Global Nutrition Scholars Program, the company will fund half the cost of a five-year doctoral program for three international… Read more »

April 23, 2010 Doctoral student Virginia Senkomago, MPH, of Uganda, received a Tellus Educational Foundation scholarship to study infectious disease epidemiology, particularly sexually transmitted diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. Senkomago, who also received The Winstanly Scholarship, funded by Derek and Louise Winstanly, currently is a research assistant on a project led by Frieda Behets, PhD, associate… Read more »