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Sutton-Tyrrell Lecture

Established in 2017, the Sutton-Tyrrell Lecture Series annually features a major invited speaker addressing current research and challenges in epidemiology and public health. Named in honor of the late Kim Sutton-Tyrrell, a dedicated, creative, and pioneering investigator, mentor, and faculty member, the event celebrates the Department of Epidemiology; brings together a community of students, faculty, and alumni; and serves as an annual highlight of the department’s weekly seminar series.

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About Kim Sutton-Tyrrell

Kim Sutton-TyrrellIn December 2012, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health mourned the passing of Kim Sutton-Tyrrell. She earned her MPH from Pitt Public Health in 1983 followed by a DrPH in 1986. She joined the epidemiology faculty in 1988 and spent the next 25 years as a dedicated investigator and teacher, rising to the rank of professor of epidemiology and vice-chair for academics.

Devoting much of her academic career to cardiovascular and women's health, Sutton-Tyrrell pioneered the uses of non-invasive techonology such as carotid ultrasound and arterial pulse wave velocity in large populations to determine the risk of cardiovascular disease. She also directed data collection and analysis for large multicenter study of women's health and the cardiovascular epidemiology training program.

Not only focused on research and teaching, Sutton-Tyrrell also exemplified service in the community. Twice each year she led events where words from the hands of faculty, staff and friends--including her own handcrafted jewelry--were sold to benefit the Evelyn H. Wei Scholarship Award in Epidemiology which provides tuition support to epidemiology master’s and doctoral students who show promise for future contributions to public health through scholarship, leadership, and/or service.

Supporting departmental programs and activities, the Kim Sutton-Tyrrell Fund was established in 2013 in memory of Sutton-Tyrrell’s many contributions to the Department of Epidemiology and her commitment to the advancement of public health on both local and global levels.

Read more about Sutton-Tyrrell in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review, or University Times.

“Kim was a unique person and will be greatly missed by her collaborators and both the University of Pittsburgh and across the world. An important role model in both her research and teaching, she combined skills in statistical and epidemiological methods with expertise in clinical laboratory approaches, understanding of human biology and applications to preventative and clinical medicine.”

—Lewis Kuller, emeritus professor and long-time research collaborator

“[Kim was] a meticulously well-organized, yet creative, researcher who expressed great joy in the process of scientific discovery. She shared her enthusiasm for her work and inspired her students and colleagues.”

—Anne Newman, department chair

“Sorrow fills our hearts at Kim’s passing, but it’s important to concentrate on her life—a life that exemplified brilliance, curiosity, hard work, dedication, achievement, and, most of all, a quiet strength and generous spirit.”

—Jane Cauley, colleague

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University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
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Public Health Suite 1100, 130 DeSoto Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261.

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Watch the Kim Sutton-Tyrrell Lecture Webcasts

These lectures and related videos from the Epidemiology Seminar Series are also available via My Pitt Video.

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For more information about the Sutton-Tyrrell Lecture, contact
Lori Smith
epidemiology student services manager and program administrator

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