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Discussing the legacy of polio, one of the most dreaded disease in history (VIDEO)

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KD/PG SUNDAY EDITION - KDKA’s Stacy Smith and the Post-Gazette’s Jerry Micco discuss present-day challenges in the worldwide fight to eradicate polio with Peter Salk, visiting professor in IDM, as well as his childhood growing up in Pittsburgh while his father's team developed the first injectable polio vaccine in the 1950s. 

Kudos to biostats student Victor Talisa on contribution to major JAMA paper on sepsis

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JAMA -- Congratulations to VICTOR TALISA (BIOS '15) on his contribution to "Proportion and Cost of Unplanned 30-Day Readmissions After Sepsis Compared With Other Medical Conditions," an analysis of hospital readmissions due to sepsis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Talisa served as second author under his doctoral advisor and co-author JOYCE CHANG. 

'We cannot keep going like this:' Wolf joins opioid epidemic roundtable at Pittsburgh hospital (VIDEO)

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WTAE ACTION NEWS -- It is a heartbreaking statistic. Every 25 minutes in the United States, a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal. Gov. Tom Wolf joined in the fight Friday by leading a roundtable discussion on how to combat the opioid abuse epidemic. "It should be treated as the public health issue that it is," said volunteer Faith Cotter. "Addiction affects the whole family, and I think we should withhold judgement."  Change the st... 

Boston vs. Pittsburgh — a classic matchup that goes beyond football

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THE BOSTON GLOBE - Columnist David Shribman takes a light-hearted look at two great American cities:  They both have a north shore. They both have fine universities. They both have rabid sports fans. They both have a quarterback out-of-towners love to deride...But Boston is reserved, Pittsburgh exuberant. Boston flexes its muscles, Pittsburgh builds its muscles. Boston cultivates an urbane sophistication, Pittsburgh luxuriates in an informal e... 

Congratulations to BCHS alumnus Mario Browne on receiving Pitt's Creating a Just Community Award

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MARIO BROWNE (BCHS '05) was presented the 4th annual Equipoise Creating a Just Community Award in recognition of his involvement in work of social justice, creating an inclusive environment, and supporting the Pittsburgh community.   

Mortality Rates Predict Presidential Voting Patterns

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INSIDEUPMC - As public health researchers, we track and analyze data on the health status of Americans. Our database on every death in the United States for the past 50 years (Mortality Information and Research Analytics) allows us to examine geographic patterns of mortality. Using this MoIRA data system, we analyzed data from all 50 states, finding a strong association between all-cause mortality rates (data from 2014, the most recent data avail... 

2016 convocation speaker Hickton named to head new cybersecurity institute

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UNIVERSITY TIMES - Former U.S. Attorney and 2016 Pitt Public Health convocation speaker, David J. Hickton has been appointed founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security. Hickton also has been named a fellow of the Institute of Politics where he plans to continue his work in combating opioid abuse, addressing police-community trust issues, and in criminal justice reform. 

Son of Salk: cooperation will end polio

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PITT NEWS - Peter Salk knows the last step to eradicating polio: teamwork.   According to him, his father, Jonas Salk--the inventor of the injected polio vaccine in 1952--knew more than research would be necessary to eradicate the virus: “Cooperation brings us results. But he knew we have to deal with the issues that arise from man’s relationship to man.” Salk spoke to 150 students, professionals, and Pittsburghers about achieving polio eradi... 

Sharing the wealth in Alexandria, Egypt

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UNIVERSITY TIMES - Epidemiology's RONALD LAPORTE and FAINA LINKOV solicited 6,700 research methodology volumes from 150 donors from 30 universities, and they sent them last month in a giant shipping container to the Library of Alexandria. LEWIS KULLER said, “One of the real goals of the library is to increase both the quality and the quantity of scientific investigations and public health [knowledge] in Africa." 

HIV Scholars training program profiled in AIDS and Behavior

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AIDS AND BEHAVIOR - Congratulations to Ron Stall, James Egan, and the Pitt/amFAR fellows on their profiled work in HIV-prevention research regarding gay, MSM and transgender (GMT) populations in low- and middle-income countries. "The HIV Scholars Program at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for LGBT Health Research is a prime example of a creative and dynamic approach to raising the expertise needed within GMT populations to respond to the gl... 

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  

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