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UNC Alumna to Lead Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

Dr. Tamera Coyne-Beasley, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has been chosen as president-elect of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. She will serve in that capacity for one year before becoming president of the Society in 2017.

Dr. Tamera Coyne-Beasley
[Photo: Dr. Tamera Coyne-Beasley]

Dr. Coyne-Beasley is professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the UNC School of Medicine and director of the N.C. Translational and Clinical Science Institute’s N.C. Child Health Research Network. She earned a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology at the Gillings School in 1997.

The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine is an international, multidisciplinary organization committed to improving the physical and psychosocial health and well-being of all adolescents through advocacy, clinical care, health promotion, health service delivery, professional development and research. Dr. Coyne-Beasley has served as a regional president for the Society for six years and also serves as the Society’s liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Pediatric Research. She is currently on the Society’s board of directors.

In related news, Dr. Coyne-Beasley is the UNC principal investigator for a five-year, $13.9 million grant recently awarded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization based in Washington, D.C., which aims to improve quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, policy makers and others make informed health decisions.

Researchers on the grant will recruit 1,200 African-American and Hispanic/Latino adults who have asthma for a study to determine a strategy for reducing asthma deaths in highly impacted populations.

Read more about the grant here.