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2017 IDM grad Noah Salama heading to Rochester for MD/PhD

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Congratulations to NOAH SALAMA (IDM '17) on his recent acceptance into University of Rochester's 8-year MD/PhD program. As a Pitt MS student, Salama worked with Dr. Amy Hartman on research into viral immune response. His thesis was entitled "Analysis of Peripheral Immune Responses for the Development of an NHP Animal Model for Encephalitic Alphaviruses EEEV, VEEV, and WEEV." 

MMPH alumna “Nellie” Jafari named Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow

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NILOFAR “Nellie” JAFARI (MMPH '16) has been named the ACCP-ASHSP-VCU Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow for 2017-18. Pharmacists selected for the position have the opportunity to gain real-world insight into health care policy analysis and development via immersion in the congressional environment. Fellows are actively mentored in legislative evaluation, policy development, research and writing while integrating practical experience with theo... 

Hear HPM's Gellad interview about President Trump's actual power when it comes to drug pricing

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MPR NEWS - Before he was elected, Donald Trump promised to take on big pharma lobbyists and the prescription drug price-fixing he claimed consumers were paying the price for. But what — if anything — can he do now that he's president? Minnesota Public Radio News host Kerri Miller talked with HPM's WALID GELLAD, co-director of Pitt's Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing about drug pricing and what changes we may see to rising drug cost... 

Beaver County residents learn how Shell's ethane cracker may affect air quality

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BEAVER COUNTY TIMES - On the heels of a report released last week that again ranked western PA's air as some of the worst in the country, EOH's JAMES BAFISIAK spoke to a crowd of about 50 Beaver County residents on Monday night. We're committed to sharing our scientific expertise with neighbors concerned about the issues. 

Cura Zika's Turchi named to Time's 100 Most Influential People

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TIME - An infectious-disease specialist in Recife, Brazil—the epicenter of the first major outbreak of Zika-associated microcephaly—CELINA TURCHI understood that local infections presented a crisis requiring global collaboration. Collaborating with the Brazilian Ministry of Health, IDM's ERNESTO MARQUES, and experts from around the world, she facilitated their work and openly shared what they were finding. Turchi is passionate, driven, and a mode... 

Chaudhry's faith and excellence persists despite political actions and rhetoric

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PUBLIC SOURCE - In the time that she's spent at Pitt, BCHS' AMBER CHAUDHRY says she' has witnessed many demonstrations of Muslim Girl excellence — friends who work to bring the greater Pittsburgh community together. Within her own program at the Pit Public Health, she's seen a swell of young Muslim women moving forward in researching health equity, infectious disease, and community health. She's seen her sisters take leadership positions in profe... 

Coulter invited to share expertise during Pittsburgh's 4/22 March for Science

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Predoctoral fellow ROBERT COULTER (BCHS '17) was one of the featured speakers at the Pittsburgh March for Science on Saturday, April 22. He was invited to share concerns addressed in his research about interpersonal and structural factors to improve health for LGBT youth. We're proud of the expertise our students bring to address community needs. 

The Environmentalist Papers make the case for conservation in this age

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FAST COMPANY - There are massive economic benefits in our environmental regulations. A paper by EOH's BERNARD GOLDSTEIN and team members from across the country explores the science of environmental protection, noting that the 1963 Clean Air Act has cut key air pollutants by 70%, even as the U.S. population has grown by more than 50% and the economy (GDP) has expanded by 250%. It explains that Americans largely support environmental protection (j... 

Study by IDM's Mellors provides new understanding of HIV infections

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A new study represents an important advance toward better treatments and even a cure. “The immune system stays activated, angry, upset and inflamed despite current treatments, and that’s not good,” said study leader JOHN MELLORS of infectious diseases and microbiology. The research, involving various research centers including the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, counters the idea “that inflammation and immune-cell activati... 

Barrio Latino radio interviews BCHS student Camilo Ruiz on the "OjO Latino" photo project

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WRCT PITTSBURGH / BARRIO LATINO  - Camilo Ruiz, student in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health's Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, discusses "Ojo Latino" on Pittsburgh's Spanish-language radio program. The community photographic project was led by Pitt Public Health's Center for Health Equity to displays daily life aspects of Latino women and men living in Pittsburgh. On display through April 24, 20... 

Crane closings to DeSoto Street entrance - April/May/June

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A large crane will be placed in front of the DeSoto Street/Main Parran Lobby entrance during specific dates in late April, May, and June. closing that entrance for the day. The Fifth Avenue entrance near the G23 Auditorium as well as the garage and loading dock entrances will be available. Upcoming crane hoisting dates include: 4-26-17, 5-3-17, 5-31-17, 6-7-17, and 6-20-17. 

Pitt mourns passing of Nathan Hershey, retired HPM faculty member and health law pioneer

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Health law pioneer and former pillar of the Pitt Public Health faculty, NATHAN (Nat) HERSHEY died on Saturday evening (4/15/17) due to complications from a fall. Nat was an irresistible champion for justice and equity and played an integral role in creating the field of health law, which regulates what is now the nation’s largest industry. 

EOH's Fabisiak interviewed on the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report

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KDKA - Radio afternoon news host Robert Mangino interviewed EOH's JIM FANISIAK about the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report. Even though our Pittsburgh air seems clear, there's a lot more we can do to clear up some of the worst air quality in the country. 

Pitt Public Health appoints Shyamal D. Peddada to chair Department of Biostatistics

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SHYAMAL D. PEDDADA, PhD has been appointed as the new chair of the Department of Biostatistics. Peddada comes to us from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) where he is the Acting Branch Chief of the Biostatistics & Computational Biology Branch and a Senior Tenured Investigator.  He also holds adjunct appointments as Professor of Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina – Chapel ... 

Pitt Public Health announces 2017 alumni awards recipients

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Outstanding alumni from the master's and doctoral programs at Pitt Public Health are recognized in five categories including Distinguished Alumni Awards for Practice, for Research, and for Teaching and Dissemination; The Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award for volunteer service, and the Early Career Excellence Award. At the annual banquet in May, alumni and faculty members are also initiated into the Delta Omega honor society.  

EOH's Fabisiak explains impact of Pittsburgh's air getting failing grade again

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POST-GAZETTE - “Air pollution in the form of soot and smog poses a serious threat to the health of those all across the region with children and the elderly being among the most susceptible,” said Jim Fabisiak, associate professor of Environmental & Occupational Health with the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. “There are no known completely safe levels of exposure.” He said the fine particulates can penetrate deep into... 

EPI's Strotmeyer newly elected officer for the Gerontological Society of America

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging, announced its newest elected officers, including Elsa S. Strotmeyer, Department of Epidemiology. Officers are chosen by the GSA membership of more than 5,500 researchers, educators, and practitioners, and are responsible for matters of governance and strategic planning, and represent the Society’s four membership section... 

Pitt biostatistics student Tianzhou Ma wins American Statistical Association Student of the Year Award

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Biostatistics doctoral student TIANZHOU MA (BIOS‘18) was awarded the 2017 Student of the Year Award by the American Statistical Association (ASA) Pittsburgh Chapter. 

Orchard receives medal as newly inaugurated Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology

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On April 13, 2017, TREVOR ORCHARD shared his inaugural lecture as Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology with Chancellor Patrick Gallegher and a throng of well-wishers during an event sponsored by Patricia Beeson, provost, senior vice chancellor, and chief academic officer of the University of Pittsburgh. Orchard's talk was titled "The Cardiovascular Complications of Type 1 Diabetes: A 30-year Pittsburgh Perspective." 

EPI's Thurston finds early hot flashes are frequently linked with heart risk

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CBS NEWS - Among women between 40 and 53 years of age, frequent hot flashes were linked to poorer function in blood vessels, the study found. This association was independent of other heart disease risk factors, noted the team led by REBECCA THURSTON, EPI faculty, professor of psychiatry and psychology, and director of the Women's Biobehavioral Health Laboratory. 

Care packages received by Peace Corps Volunteers Godfrey and Cook

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INGRID GODFREY (IDM), pictured, and CLAY COOK (BCHS), both Peace Corp Volunteers in Moldova, were delighted to receive the care packages sent by friends via the Center for Global Health. The boxes were filled with cards and small, non-perishable items like candy, magazines, lightweight books, and small personal care items. 

FRED data plays key role in California's new high in vaccination rate

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WASHINGTON POST - California's school vaccination rate is at its highest level since 2001 after the state required almost all public school children to get immunizations. Pediatrician and elected official Richard Pan authored the new legislation after viewing the dramatic impact of measles vaccination via our own Public Health Dynamics Laboratory's FRED (Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dynamics). The data visualization stirred Pan to... 

Early onset hot flashes may signal higher heart risks, says EPI's Thurston

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THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER - Hot flashes may be more than a troublesome nuisance for some women during menopause -- they may be a signal for increased risk of heart disease, suggests a team led by REBECCA THURSTON, Department of Epidemiology. The study showed that the association was independent of other heart disease risk factors, and the link seemed restricted to the younger women in the study -- there was no such relationship among women aged 5... 

Center for Health Equity: Making a difference in communities of color

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PITTSBURGH COURIER - Coordinating health services in African American barbershops. Documenting the daily life of Latino immigrants. Exploring strategies to reduce gun violence. Building academic-community partnerships. These are some of the initiatives of the CENTER FOR HEALTH EQUITY (CHE) at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. The center has a goal to reduce the major causes of excess mortality among underserved popu... 

Epi Gives Back brings Safe Sex Kit assembly to Pitt Public Health commons

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Epi Gives Back, an organization of students, faculty, and staff led by NANCY GLYNN, volunteered to assist the Allegheny County Health Department with assembling Safe Sex Kits for distribution through regional health clinics. ACHD supplied condoms, lubricant, and informational packets for the service project. 

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