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Vaccine panel could do harm

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COLUMBUS DISPATCH - Ideally, shouldn’t such a panel be led by credentialed scientists and not self-proclaimed experts? ... Reason magazine noted that, before the 1920s, infectious diseases were the leading cause of death in the United States. It cites the TYCHO PROJECT at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health estimate that vaccination has prevented as many as 103 million cases of infectious diseases since 1924 in the U.S. ... 

Salk's son: Eradication of polio would make Pittsburgh proud

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TRIBLIVE - “The eradication of polio has been tantalizingly close for years now,” said Dean DONALD BURKE.... IDM visiting professor PETER SALK adds, “When polio is ultimately eradicated, it will be something the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburghers in general can be proud of. The University played a major role in something that will be earthshaking.” Before that milestone is achieved, Jonas Salk's injectable form of the vaccine must be ... 

Ernesto Marques on how the response to Zika failed millions

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NEW YORK TIMES - Infectious disease specialist with IDM and at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brazil, ERNESTO MARQUES JR. said Brazilian scientists felt let down when they looked for outside help—at first from European donors and health agencies. “The local researchers’ role was mainly to collect samples,” Marques said bitterly.  

Ascension Healthcare president, CEO Robert Henkel stepping down

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HEALTHCARE FINANCE - After more than a decade, ROBERT HENKEL (HPM '82) will retire from Ascension, the country's largest faith-based nonprofit healthcare system, on July 1, officially stepping down as executive vice president of Ascension, and president and CEO of Ascension Healthcare... Those roles will be filled by PATRICIA MARYLAND (HPM '82) who will assume responsibility for Ascension's Healthcare Division, encompassing more than 141 hos... 

Trump's drug price stance puts pharma on notice

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BLOOMBERG - Pitt's head of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, WALID GELLAD (HPM) says ‘‘It may just be setting a starting point for negotiations and then using that for negotiations later in the ACA. You’re not going to get the support of the pharmaceutical industry if you’re talking about reducing their revenue.” 

Biostats student TIANZHOU MA wins travel award attend JSM

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The paper, "Biomarker detection and categorization in RNA-seq meta-analysis using Bayesian hierarchical model" by doctoral student TIANZHOU MA (BIOS '18) has won a travel award in the SBSS 2017 Student Paper Competition to attend the Joint Statistical Meetings in Baltimore (July 29 through Aug, 2017). Ma is currently a fourth year doctoral student in biostatistics under the supervision of professor GEORGE TSENG. 

Jeanine Buchanich promoted to research associate professor.

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The Department of Biostatistics is pleased to announce the promotion of JEANINE M. BUCHANICH Ph.D., M.Ed., to research associate professor. Buchanich joined the faculty of Pitt Public Health in 2008 in the department of Biostatistics. Dr. Buchanich is leading an initiative to make a Pitt Public Health-held mortality repository more accessible to public health professionals and stakeholders. As part of this effort, she has investigated mortality t... 

BCHS's Jessica Burke appointed as new associate dean for education

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JESSICA BURKE, associate professor of behavioral and community health sciences, was recently appointed as the new associate dean for education of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, effective March 1, 2017. 

Pitt Public Health alumna Mary Beth Zeni named to Ohio Presecription Drug Abuse Action Group

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LAKEWOOD OBSERVER - Alumna MARY BETH ZENI (HPM '93) has been appointed to the Ohio Department of Health's Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership, where she will work with a committee to tackle one of the biggest problems facing the state by working with the partnership's Prescription Drug Abuse Action Group. 

International student service trip to Lima, Peru

Members of the GLOBAL HEALTH STUDENT ASSOCIATION are traveling to Lima, Peru, for a week-long service trip. Support the students’ efforts by making a donation at https://engage.pitt.edu/ghsa. 

Biostatistics student wins first place in JSM poster competition

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Doctoral student ZHONGYING XU (BIOS '19) was awarded first place in the Joint Statistical Meeting (JSM) 2016 Biopharmaceutical Section Student Poster Award Competition for her submission "Optimal Sample Size Determination for Adaptive Seamless Phase II/III Design." 

Project Tycho suggested to inform Vaccination Safety Commission nominee

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REASON.COM - Pitt Public Health's Project Tycho (www.tycho.pitt.edu), which facilitates use of public health data for science and policy making, estimates that vaccination prevented as many 103 million cases of infectious diseases since 1924 in the United States. That's the kind of science that Robert Kennedy Jr. and his commission will need to look at.  

The Affordable Care Act – What’s the future hold? (VIDEO)

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KDKA-TV - Assistant professor MARIAN JARLENSKI (HPM) participated in a 30-minute panel discussion on the KD-PG Sunday Edition about the future of the Affordable Care Act. 

Pittsburgh one of “2017’s Best Cities for an Active Lifestyle”

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NEXTPITTSBURGH - If you’re resolving to be more active and get fit, then you’re in the right spot. In a recent research study, the personal finance website WalletHub crunched the numbers to determine “2017’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle” based on 30 weighted measures of cost, participation, facilities and environment. Locals should rejoice (and hit the trails), because Pittsburgh lands an impressive No. 7 spot on the national li... 

CNN Money's "100 Best Jobs in America" ranks biostatistician as #1 fastest-growing job

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CNN MONEY - In a special report on the top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work, CNN Money and Payscale.com rank biostatistician as #1 among the Fastest-growing jobs . The report projects a solid 34% growth in demand for biostatisticians over 10 years and gives the field all A's for quality of life - Personal satisfaction: A | Benefit to society: A | Telecommuting: A | Low stress: A.       #PittBiostats  

APHA declares 2017 the Year of Climate Change and Health

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What we don’t always understand is how climate change is impacting our health, right now! We are seeing rising rates of climate-related health issues like asthma and allergies, respiratory disease, cholera, Zika, malaria, and dengue – just to name a few. The good news is that when people understand the health impacts of climate change, they are more motivated to take action. Stand with APHA to take action against the harmful health impacts o... 

Albert appointed deputy editor-in-chief for Innovation in Aging

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STEVEN ALBERT, professor and chair of Pitt Public Health's Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, has been appointed deputy editor-in-chief for Innovation in Aging , a new peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal launched by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. 

Three Pitt Public Health researchers recognized with 2017 Toxicology Awards

Three Pitt Public Health researchers will be honored at the March awards ceremony of the 2017 Society of Toxicology (SOT), which recognizes excellence in advancing the science of toxicology. 

Obituary: M. Michael Barmada of human genetics

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UNIVERSITY TIMES - Faculty member M. MICHALE BARMADA (HUGEN) died December 2, 2016, of gastroesophageal cancer.... Barmada was among the first Pitt researchers to tackle next-generation sequencing. Colleagues remember not only his intellect and skills in computational genetics, but also his strong desire to mentor others and share what he knew, “When he wasn’t teaching and mentoring, he was always ready to just sit around and talk about research,... 

Abdus Wahed presents at international conference

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ABDUS S. WAHED presented a plenary speech and provided a three-hour workshop at the International Conference on Repeated Measures, organized by the East West University of Bangladesh. 

The Opioid Epidemic and a Long Overdue Response

Associate Professor Linda Frank takes thoughtful look at responses to opioid epidemic. From our department and Pitt Public Health there can be many actions that can be taken. 

2016’s top three in public health

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INSIDE LIFE CHANGING MEDICINE - Pitt Public Health Dean DONALD S. BURKE discusses what he believes were the most important news developments in his field in 2016. 

Rosemarie Ramos (EOH '03, '05)

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My positive experience at Pitt Public Health has had a lifelong impact on me as a public health professional. It’s given me the self-confidence to contribute to improvements in population health and health equity.    

Pitt study: Pittsburgh-area girls falling steps behind in physical activity

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Teenage girls in Pittsburgh are falling more than a step behind -– they’re falling a few thousand steps behind in the area of physical activity, according to a study released today by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health. “Sadly, we found that only about 5 percent of the hundreds of girls who participated in our study met the minimum daily activity level rec... 

Will The world’s turn to right-wing populism make us sick?

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HUFFINGTON POST - “These data suggest that Trump voters were expressing dissatisfaction with real problems that included shorter lives and less healthy living conditions,” said DONALD S. BURKE, dean of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. 

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