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NHLBI-NIH awards grant to a group of researchers led by Samuel-Hodge to optimize a family-based weight loss intervention for Black adults

June 12, 2024

Drs. Carmen Samuel-Hodge, Candice L. Alick (UNC), and Shiriki Kumanyika (UPenn) will  continue their work promoting healthy lifestyles among Black families. This study will optimize a behavioral weigh … Read more


Siddharth Maruvada, Arnav Meduri, and Abhinav Meduri, the high school students who created Pantry Patrol, sort through potatoes at the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina in Raleigh. While volunteering, they’re also noting potential features that may be useful to add to their app. (photo by Elise Mahon from UNC Research)

NC high school students co-publish research with HPDP Director Ammerman, community partner, and UNC doctoral student on food waste in NC food pantries

April 11, 2024

Three local high school students—Abhinav Meduri, Arnav Meduri, and Siddharth Maruvada—collaborated with Dr. Alice Ammerman, one of her students, and a Food Bank partner to publish research about food … Read more


Pharmacy Drugstore Checkout Counter: Black Male Pharmacist Explains Use and Manual for Prescription Medicine Beautiful, Senior Female Customer Paying Using Contactless Credit Card to Terminal

HPDP researchers receive a $3 million grant to study community pharmacy distribution model for colorectal cancer preventative testing

March 7, 2024

A team of HPDP researchers, in collaboration with researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, has received a five-year, $3 million R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the impact of … Read more


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HPDP planning grant awardees propose more effective cannabis warning labels

February 29, 2024

Sarah Kowitt, PhD, MPH, and Leah Ranney, PhD, MA have found that U.S. cannabis warning labels are largely ineffective in educating consumers about health risks. Through a content analysis and focus gr … Read more


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Haynes-Maslow and Ammerman receive grant from Humana Foundation to study social isolation among senior residents and home meal delivery

February 18, 2024

The Humana Foundation awarded Drs. Lindsey Haynes-Maslow, PhD, MHA, and Alice Ammerman, DrPH, MPH, a $250,000 health equity research grant. This grant will support a meal delivery program for low-inco … Read more


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Dr. Erik Willis named as new Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group director

January 9, 2024

Dr. Erik Willis, PhD, has been promoted to Director of the Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Dr. Willis received his Doctorate in Exer … Read more


Smith and Erinosho receives FRAC grant to study barriers of access to nutritious food in early childcare centers

January 2, 2024

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) awarded Drs. Falon Smith, PhD, MS and Temitope Erinosho, PhD a grant to understand disparities in access to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and … Read more


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Murray receives $4 million to promote college readiness among high schoolers using mindfulness

December 18, 2023

Dr. Desiree W. Murray, PhD, has received a grant from the US Department of Education1 to test the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based social-emotional learning (SEL) program, called Be CALM (Cool, At … Read more


CPCRN publishes special supplement to mark 20th anniversary

December 7, 2023

The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) has published a supplemental issue of Cancer Causes and Control to mark the Network’s 20th anniversary. The supplement is separated into five … Read more


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HPDP awards $5,000 planning grant to researcher studying early care and education needs in racially and ethnically minoritized communities

August 10, 2023

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention has awarded to Dr. Falon Smith, MS, PhD, a planning grant of $5,000 to conduct a research project on early care and education needs in racial … Read more