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Media Advisory

Not for publication

March 18, 2005 -- No. 113

Results of N.C. poll on public health research
to be announced at Tuesday (March 22) forum

Tuesday (March 22) 1:30 p.m.
UNC Medical Biomolecular Research Building
(Behind Thurston-Bowles Building near intersection
of Columbia Street and Manning Drive)
UNC campus

Members of the media are invited to attend "Making Healthy Headlines: A Media/Science Forum for Researchers and Journalists," where the results of a poll on public health research will be announced.

The poll, conducted by Research!America between Jan. 20 and Feb. 10 and weighted to represent N.C. demographics, surveyed North Carolinians about awareness of and support for public health research and programs. The poll included numerous questions related to tobacco taxation, the N.C. tobacco buy-out and funding for tobacco-related research and programs.

The forum is presented by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill schools of public health, medicine, journalism and mass communication, and UNCís Center for Womenís Health Research, and is sponsored by Research!America. The event is being held in conjunction with the sixth annual Womenís Health Research Day http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/mar05/whrd031805.html

The forum will bring together journalists and researchers in a roundtable discussion focused on improving science communications for the public.

Dr. William L. Roper, dean of the UNC School of Medicine, vice chancellor for medical affairs and chief executive officer of the UNC Health Care System, will give opening remarks.

Carol Krucoff, an award-winning journalist and founding editor of The Washington Postís health section, will be the eventís keynote speaker. Karen Goraleski, director of the Prevention Research Initiative at Research!America, will present the poll results.

Dr. Tom Linden, Glaxo Wellcome distinguished professor of medical journalism at UNC, will moderate the roundtable.

Panelists will be Sarah Avery, health and science reporter for The (Raleigh) News & Observer; Helen Chickering, medical reporter with NBC News Channel; D.G. Martin, host of "North Carolina Book Watch" on UNC-TV and "Whoís Talking" on WCHL 1360 (Chapel Hill-Carrboro); Dr. Marilie Gammon, professor of epidemiology and deputy director of the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility at UNCís School of Public Health and a faculty member at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center; and Dr. Robert Sandler, Nina C. and John T. Sessions distinguished professor of medicine, chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, and director of the Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease, all at UNCís School of Medicine.

Parking is available in the Dogwood Parking Deck across from the UNC Hospitals just off Manning Drive.

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School of Public Health contact: Emily Smith, (919) 966-8498 or emily_smith@unc.edu

Research!America contact: Cindy McConnell, (703) 739-2577, ext. 35

News Services contact: Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415 or deborah_saine@unc.edu