The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health COI Committee seeks to identify and manage, reduce, or eliminate conflicts of interest that arise out of research and entrepreneurial endeavors related to our investigator’s many institutional activities for the purpose of preserving transparency, fostering independent decision-making, protecting research subjects, and ensuring integrity of the educational experience.

UNC has updated its Financial Conflict of Interest Policy to comply with a regulation announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In order to comply with the regulation, all UNC researchers (faculty, students, and staff) are required to complete a short training exercise on the new policy. Take the training here: 


Leena Nylander-French, Co-Chair

Joy Bryde, Conflict of Interest Officer

Penny Gordon-Larsen, Associate Dean for Research

Julie MacMillan, Managing Director for Research, Innovation and Global Solutions

Useful Links

University Conflict of Interest Program

AIR System

COI Travel Disclosure Decision Tree

Committee Roster (2019-2020)


Leena Nylander-French, PhD
Professor, Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Sian Curtis, PhD
Research Associate Professor, Maternal and Child Health

SPH Members

Noel Brewer, PhD
Associate Professor, Health Behavior

Lori Carter-Edwards, PhD
Research Associate Professor, Public Health Leadership Program
Research Associate Professor, Health Behavior

Raza Shaikh, PhD
Associate Professor, Nutrition

Anastasia Ivanova, PhD
Associate Professor, Biostatistics

George Pink, PhD
Professor, Health Policy and Management

David Weber, MD
Professor, Epidemiology

Ex-Officio Members

Joy Bryde, MSW
Conflict of Interest Officer, UNC-Chapel Hill

Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD
Associate Dean for Research, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Professor, Nutrition

Katie Thornsvard, MAC, CPA
Assistant Dean for Finance and Business, Gillings School of Global Public Health

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