April 23, 2010 Ten clinics in six study centers. Thousands of patients who suffer from a disease that has multiple variations. Three years’ worth of clinical and molecular data for each patient. How do you capture and organize the information a study like that generates? How do you analyze all that complex data to make… Read more »

April 23, 2010 From SARS to the common cold, Baric’s research could lead to vaccines. An issue of Carolina Public Health on innovation would be incomplete without an article on Ralph Baric, PhD, and his work with viruses. After all, he’s the epidemiology professor who synthetically reproduced the variant of the SARS virus found in… Read more »

April 23, 2010 In August 2009, two months before the first shipment of H1N1 vaccine was to arrive in North Carolina, officials with the N.C. Division of Public Health already were planning how to distribute it. They wanted to determine what people knew about the vaccine and how many were planning to get immunized. And… Read more »

April 23, 2010 When Barry Popkin, PhD, advocates for a national tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, soft-drink makers and food-industry groups attack. “Everybody comes after me,” he says. But Popkin, an internationally recognized expert in nutrition and obesity, is unfazed. Savvy, passionate and eager to speak out, he says, “I want to have an impact.” The… Read more »

April 23, 2010 Vaccines for diseases such as polio and smallpox, fluoridation of drinking water, prenatal care and use of vitamin A to prevent blindness all are public health innovations. So are seat belt laws, clean drinking water, modern sanitation requirements and campaigns against abuse of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. In this century, public health… Read more »

November 29, 2010 The relationship between The Coca-Cola Company and UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health stretches back more than fifteen years. Beginning in 1994, ten years of support from the company enabled James Swenberg, DVM , PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering, to greatly advance his work on DNA damage… Read more »

November 29, 2010 In 2009, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health for the first time earmarked money from its Annual Fund to provide scholarship assistance to eight of its most outstanding students. This year, thanks to generous donors and friends, the number of scholarship recipients doubled to 16 students, two from each department. Each… Read more »

November 29, 2010 ChildFund International, a 72-year-old charity based in Virginia, has forged a partnership with UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health to improve the lives and health of vulnerable, excluded and deprived children from birth to age two. The Commissioned Innovation Lab will develop and test an evidence-based program in two countries, which… Read more »

November 29, 2010 Alumna Mabel Smith Johansson passed away on Nov. 13, 2009. She is missed by all who knew her gentle spirit. Johansson, who received her Master of Public Health in public health nursing here in 1961, made annual gifts to the School and established a charitable gift annuity toward a scholarship she created…. Read more »

November 29, 2010 Nearly 40 years ago, William T. Small Jr., MSPH , was a recent alumnus of the UNC master’s program in environmental sciences and engineering. He was working for the North Carolina State Board of Health when an exciting career opportunity arose. Black students in the UNC public health school were expressing concerns… Read more »