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Allison  Aiello, Ph.D., M.S. - UNC-Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC, US

Allison Aiello, Ph.D., M.S. Allison  Aiello, Ph.D., M.S.

Professor and Social Epidemiology Program Leader | UNC-Chapel Hill


Dr. Allison E. Aiello is a professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.






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2012 Forum: Pesticides & Health Panel, pt. 4: Triclosan (Allison Aiello, PhD) Flu: Prepare, Don't Panic




Dr. Allison Aiello received her PhD with distinction in epidemiology from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and was the recipient of the Ana C. Gelman award for outstanding achievement and promise in the field of epidemiology.

Her research investigates psychosocial, socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in health; the relationship between infection and chronic diseases; and prevention of infection in the community setting. She has identified relationships between psychosocial determinants and immune response to infection and helped uncover social disparities in the burden of infection and immune response to cytomegalovirus in the United States population.
Currently, Dr. Aiello is the PI of several NIH funded studies where she is examining social, behavioral, biological and genetic determinants of health outcomes.

Industry Expertise (5)



Health and Wellness

Health Care - Services

Advanced Medical Equipment

Areas of Expertise (7)



Infectious Disases

Social Epidemiology

Influenza Transmission

Investigative Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions


Education (3)

Columbia University: Ph.D., Epidemiology 2003

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill: MS, Environmental Sciences 1998

University of Massachusetts-Amherst: BS, Environmental Sciences 1995

Affiliations (1)

  • Carolina Population Center

Media Appearances (3)

Antibacterial Soap Has Poor Killing Power

Scientific American  online


'Honestly, we expected the results to a certain degree,' says Rhee. 'The antiseptic effect of triclosan depends on its exposure concentration and time; however, commercial antibacterial soaps on the market generally contain less than 0.3% triclosan and washing hands takes only a few seconds.’ 'This adds to the extensive literature suggesting that triclosan does not provide a benefit when used in a "real world" setting compared to plain soap,' comments epidemiologist Allison Aiello at the University of North Carolina, US, who has published a review of several studies that tested triclosan products in the real world.

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You Asked: Should I Use Antibacterial Soap?

Time  online


There could be other consequences. “We’re seeing a greater number of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms over the periods these products have been around,” says Dr. Allison Aiello, an epidemiologist at the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina. Aiello says there are known factors, such as antibiotic use in humans and animals, that have led to this uptick. But antimicrobial soaps containing triclosan may also be contributing to the appearance of these heartier organisms outside of healthcare settings, she says.

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UN will focus on measuring, testing for Zika virus

WRAL TV (CBS Affil)  tv


Dr. Aiello, and epidemiologist from the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health, discusses preventive measures to minimize Zika virus infection from mosquitoes.

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Articles (5)

Epigenetic and immune function profiles associated with posttraumatic stress disorder


2010 ABSTRACT: The biologic underpinnings of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have not been fully elucidated. Previous work suggests that alterations in the immune system are characteristic of the disorder. Identifying the biologic mechanisms by which such alterations occur could provide fundamental insights into the etiology and treatment of PTSD...

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Low Sensitivity of Rapid Diagnostic Test for Influenza

Clinical Infectious Diseases

2009 ABSTRACT: The QuickVue Influenza A+B Test (Quidel) was used to test nasal swab specimens obtained from persons with influenza-like illness in 3 different populations. Compared with reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction, the test sensitivity was low for all populations (median, 27%; range, 19%–32%), whereas the specificity was high (median, 97%; range, 96%–99.6%)...

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Effect of Hand Hygiene on Infectious Disease Risk in the Community Setting: A Meta-Analysis

American Journal of Public Health

2008 ABSTRACT: To quantify the effect of hand-hygiene interventions on rates of gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses and to identify interventions that provide the greatest efficacy, we searched 4 electronic databases for hand-hygiene trials published from January 1960 through May 2007 and conducted meta-analyses to generate pooled rate ratios across interventions (N=30 studies)...

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Homocysteine, B vitamins, and the incidence of dementia and cognitive impairment: results from the Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

2007 ABSTRACT: High concentrations of homocysteine have been linked to a greater risk of Alzheimer disease, dementia, and cognitive decline...

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Assessment of two hand hygiene regimens for intensive care unit personnel

Critical Care Medicine

2001 ABSTRACT: To compare skin condition and skin microbiology among intensive care unit personnel using one of two randomly assigned hand hygiene regimens: a 2% chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG)-containing traditional antiseptic wash and a waterless handrub containing 61% ethanol with emollients (ALC)...

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