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Professor links peer pressure to health choices

Shoham, an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago's Department of Public Health Sciences, researches the connection between social networking and its effect on levels of obesity, to prove whether close friends have a large impact on a person’s health choices.   

Jessica Burke Featured in Pitt Public Health Magazine

Check out Jessica Burke in Pitt Public Health Magazine. 

New Open-Access Journal from the ASA

Department of Biostatistics Chair Sally Morton is a founding editor of a new open-access American Statistical Association (ASA) journal Statistics and Public Policy.  

Center for Black Equity and Pitt Public Health Announce HIV Research Project

The Center for Black Equity and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health are partnering on a new research project to study reasons for increased risk of HIV infection among African-American men who have sex with men (MSM). 

Pieces sought in black/HIV puzzle

Dr. Ronald Stall, together with the Center for Black Equity in Washington, "landed a $3.2 million grant through the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health to answer the question and help put the brakes on the national epidemic of human immunodeficiency virus and the deadly disease that HIV causes -- acquired immune deficiency syndrome, known as AIDS." 

The Department of Biostatistics is pleased to celebrate two recent books in our department

Dr. Jong Jeong and Dr. Stewart Anderson have both recently published books.  

Low Vitamin D Levels During Pregnancy May Increase Risk of Severe Preeclampsia

 

Heinz Endowments grant to give infants a fighting chance

Dr. Patricia I. Documet, Scientific Director of the Center for Health Equity, was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about infant mortality rates and persistent health disparities in Allegheny County. 

LGBT health inequity persists; NIH research lags

Robert Coulter, a doctoral student in the department, had an important paper published in the American Journal of Public Health: "Research Funded by the National Institutes of Health on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations." 

Low National Funding for LGBT Health Research Contributes to Inequities, Pitt-led Analysis Finds

Only one-half of 1 percent of studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) between 1989 and 2011 concerned the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, contributing to the perpetuation of health inequities, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health-led analysis. 

Diego Chaves-Gnecco (MMPH '00)

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In September 1998, a young Colombian doctor dragged his suitcases into Oakland, preparing to pursue a fellowship in clinical pharmacology and a Master of Public Health at Pitt Public Health. Fifteen years later, he has married, made Pittsburgh his home, and found a spiritual and intellectual calling to serve what he calls "an invisible community:" the Pittsburgh region’s fast-growing population of immigrant Latino children.  

Pitt, UPMC Receive Awards to Create Clinical Data Research Network, Conduct Comparative Effectiveness Research

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and UPMC and their collaborators at other academic centers have received three new awards from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to establish a new clinical data network to facilitate evaluation of the outcomes of health interventions; compare two approaches to encourage communication between patients with mental illness and the health professionals ... 

Kiplinger’s Again Ranks Pitt the Best Value in Public Higher Education in Pennsylvania

For the ninth year in a row, the University of Pittsburgh ranks as the top value among all public colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. The 2014 nationwide ranking of four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value will be published in the February 2014 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, available Dec. 31 on newsstands.   

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Pitt Unlocks Trove of Public Health Data to Help Fight Deadly Contagious Diseases

In an unprecedented windfall for public access to health data, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers have collected and digitized all weekly surveillance reports for reportable diseases in the United States going back more than 125 years.  

Pittsburgh Region Cancer Risk Is Among Highest In The Nation

 

Pittsburgh scientist awarded American Heart Association prize for leadership of worldwide effort to clarify CVD risk in populations

The American Heart Association has awarded its 2013 Population Research Prize to Lewis H. Kuller, M.D., Dr.P.H., of Pittsburgh, “for 40 years of inspired leadership of a worldwide effort to better understand and prevent heart disease and stroke in populations.”  

NIH Grant Funds Multicenter Study of Mysterious Trauma-Induced Hemorrhaging

Stephen Wisniewski, Ph.D., senior associate dean and co-director of the Epidemiology Data Center at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, will coordinate a new, multicenter, multidisciplinary effort – supported by a five-year, $23.8 million National Institutes of Health(NIH) grant – to study a deadly bleeding syndrome called coagulopathy, which occurs without warning in some trauma patients.  

Pitt Public Health Analysis Challenges Assumptions About Bisexual Men and HIV Transmission

The number of HIV positive men who have sex with both men and women is likely no higher than the number of HIV positive heterosexual men, according to a U.S.-based analysis by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers. The finding challenges a popular assumption that bisexual men are responsible for significant HIV transmission to their female partners.  

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HuGen alumna's creation aims to reduce radiation exposure from stress tests 

HuGen alumna's creation aims to reduce radiation exposure from stress tests

PITTWIRE - Doctoral alumna MALIHA ZAHID ( HUGEN  '09) aims to reduce the amount of radiation that patients are exposed to when undergoing diagnostic imaging. Her creation, to be used during cardiac stress tests, was a previous Pitt PInCh winner. (04/17/2018)
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Coming of Age Ceremony brings Japanese tradition, Pittsburgh community together 

Coming of Age Ceremony brings Japanese tradition, Pittsburgh community together

PITT WIRE - While learning English at Pitt, 25 Japanese students missed out on the annual Coming of Age Ceremony, a national holiday in Japan. The Asian Studies Center threw them a party. “So many people support me here in Pittsburgh,” said Nanami Moriyasu, a Yasuda student majoring in English lite... (02/07/2018)
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Thurston finds link between traumatic events and future heart disease risk in women 

Thurston finds link between traumatic events and future heart disease risk in women

PITT WIRE - When we consider the determinants of women’s cardiovascular health, we need to think beyond biology alone,” said epidemiologist Rebecca Thurston. She recently led a study that demonstrates how traumatic experiences in life are linked to later vascular health issues that place women at ri... (12/12/2017)

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Pitt Public Health partners with PA and the Aetna Foundation on Opioid Data Dashboard 

Pitt Public Health partners with PA and the Aetna Foundation on Opioid Data Dashboard

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - "In as near-real time as possible, this dashboard will give health officials, policymakers, law enforcement and the public a more complete, dynamic picture of the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania," Dean Burke said. "This should allow us to maximize limited resources to stem thi... (04/04/2018)
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Dean Burke among ASPPH members that issued joint letter to Governor Wolf, urging for the removal of bans to syringe service programs 

Dean Burke among ASPPH members that issued joint letter to Governor Wolf, urging for the removal of bans to syringe service programs

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Pennsylvania leaders of ASPPH member schools issued a joint letter to Governor Tom Wolf, urging him to remove barriers to syringe service programs in the Commonwealth. DEAN DONALD BURKE was among the signers. Syringe service programs are among responses the opioid crisis recom... (03/14/2018)
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Team to discover 15 new genes that shape our face 

Team to discover 15 new genes that shape our face

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - DNA determines what we look like, including our facial features. But first, researchers need to figure out which genes in our DNA are responsible for specific characteristics of our face. HUGEN’s SETH WEINBERG says, “In the past, scientists selected specific features, includin... (03/05/2018)
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