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New Antiviral Drug Holds Potential to Defeat Myriad Coronaviruses

Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health have confirmed that an experimental antiviral treatment prevents the development of SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV) disease in mice. The drug, GS-5734, also inhibits MERS-CoV and multiple other coronaviruses (CoV), suggesting that the treatment may inhibit all CoV. To date, there… Read more »

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US Aid to Combat Malaria in Africa Associated with Reduced Risk of Childhood Mortality

Funding from the United States President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in 19 sub-Saharan African countries was associated with a 16 percent reduction in the annual risk of children dying before age five, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. Aleksandra Jakubowski,… Read more »

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UNC Physician Researcher Calls for Public Health Initiatives to Address Female Genital Mutilation

A commentary by Dilshad Jaff, published online June 7 in the journal Medicine, Conflict and Survival, calls for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting in Iraqi Kurdistan. Jaff is research adviser for conflict prevention and disaster preparedness in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Research Innovations and Global Health Solutions unit… Read more »

UNC Gillings Co-Hosts Conference to Advance Implementation Science

Implementation science is, at its core, about solving problems. On May 4, students, faculty and researchers from across the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill came together with representatives from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in South Africa and King’s College London to share experiences with developing academic programs in implementation science. To… Read more »

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New Findings on Genes, Hypertension Highlight Importance of Studying Populations with African Ancestry

A recent study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill identified three novel genomic regions related to hypertension susceptibility in individuals with African ancestry. While individuals of African descent suffer a disproportionate burden of hypertension and its complications, they historically have been underrepresented in genetic studies. This new finding underscores the importance of… Read more »

Study Reveals Limitations of Maternal Health Services for Deaf Women in Cape Town

A recent study of the experiences of deaf women seeking maternity healthcare services in Cape Town, South Africa found reports of linguistic barriers and mistreatment. Margaret W. Gichane, doctoral student of health behavior in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is lead author of the article, “‘They must understand we are people’: Pregnancy… Read more »

Gillings Researchers Find Further Evidence That Bats May Be Evolutionary Source of MERS

The evolutionary origins of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus (MERS-CoV) are unknown, but a collaborative team including researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health has found new evidence to support the hypothesis that the virus originated in bat populations. In the new findings co-authored by… Read more »

Bentley Wins 2017 Triangle Global Health Award

Margaret “Peggy” Bentley, associate dean for global health and Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as the Triangle Global Health Consortium’s 2017 Triangle Global Health Champion. Bentley, who is also associate director of the UNC… Read more »