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Velpandi Ayyavoo appointed Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Velpandi Ayyavoo , PhD, Professor of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, has agreed to serve as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at Pitt Public Health,  taking the reins from Todd Reinhart, ScD, who will be leaving the University of Pittsburgh to take a position as Dean of Sciences and Health Professions at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.  The associate dean for faculty affairs oversees all faculty activities including the appointments... 

Congratulations Kevin MacDonald!

HPM is pleased to announce that MHA candidate Kevin MacDonald has accepted the UPMC Health Services Division Administrative Fellowship in Allegheny County. 

Congratulations Adam Kramer!

HPM is pleased to announce that MHA candidate Adam Kramer has accepted the UPMC Health Services Division Administrative Fellowship in Erie County. 

Congratulations Bill Beutler!

HPM is pleased to announce that MHA candidate Bill Beutler has accepted the Cleveland Clinic Administrative Fellowship. 

Congratulations Eva Harpst!

HPM is pleased to announce that MHA candidate Eva Harpst has accepted the OhioHealth Administrative Fellowship in Columbus. 

Dr. Buchanich Interviewed About Increase in Drug Overdoses

Faculty member Dr. Jeanine Buchanich was interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer about the increase in drug overdoses in Pennsylvania. 

Pitt study looks at HIV+ older adults leading healthy lives

Ron Stall, PhD, Professor in BCHS and Director of the Center for LGBT Health Research, was featured in the Pittsburgh Trib Total Media for his HIV study.  

Pilot Grants for Research on Opioid Drug and Heroin Addiction

Given the intensity of the overdose epidemic, Dean Burke has launched a new Pilot Grant Program entitled Advancing Research on Opioid Drug and Heroin Addiction. Awards will be for $25,000 for one year, and we expect to fund 3 projects. Projects should address important aspects of opioid drug and/or heroin drug addiction and build on existing studies in the Graduate School of Public Health, adding new science by obtaining novel measures or outcome... 

Apply for JHF Fellowships on End of Life and IT Innovation

Graduate students from different disciplines can apply to JHF's 2016 QI2T Health Innovators Fellowship and/or the Fellowship on Death and Dying by Friday, December 11, 2015. 

Apply for JHF Summer Internship by Feb. 3rd

Graduate students can apply to the Jewish Healthcare Foundation's summer internship program by February 3rd: http://www.qitcenter.org/2016-jhf-summer-internship.html  

Kudos for Faculty Member Book

Statistical Inference on Residual Life (Springer, 2014) by Dr. Jong-Hyeon Jeong, Professor and Vice Chair of Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh, received great reviews in the Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics, and Biometrics. Read more at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/biom.12321/full.   

American Medical Association urges ban on TV drug ads

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THE WASHINGTON POST - ...“Something like a third of consumers who’ve seen a drug ad have talked to their doctor about it,” Julie Donohue, a professor of public health at the University of Pittsburgh, told NPR. “About two-thirds of those have asked for a prescription. And the majority of people who ask for a prescription have that request honored.”... 

Pitt-Led Cleft Lip and Palate Project Among the First Selected Under Federal Pediatric Research Act

An innovative federal initiative to accelerate research into pediatric diseases and conditions will fund aUniversity of Pittsburgh-led effort to examine the entire genomes of nearly 1,300 people to learn more about the causes of cleft lip and palate, and look for treatments. 

Doctors vote to stop drug ads to consumers

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MARKETPLACE -  Situations like this are among the reasons the American Medical Association is calling for a ban on direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs and medical devices. The group says the commercials are boosting demand for expensive — and sometimes inappropriate — treatments, and fueling the rise in drug prices....  Julie Donohue , an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, has ... 

Pittsburgh Magazine Pittsburghers of the Year

Karen Wolk Feinstein: For shepherding the Jewish Healthcare Foundation from its creation through the sale of the former Montefiore Hospital through its 25-year evolution to national voice for patient safety and healthcare quality. Feinstein and JHF have been at the forefront of major social movements to reform health care in Pittsburgh and beyond, and the dawn of 2016 brings additional foundation programs aimed at organizing communities, activati... 

To Reduce Risk of Infant Death, Shed Excess Pounds Before Becoming Pregnant

Achieving a healthy weight before becoming pregnant and gaining an appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy significantly reduce the risk of the baby dying in his or her first year of life, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. 

To Reduce Risk of Infant Death, Shed Excess Pounds Before Becoming Pregnant

Achieving a healthy weight before becoming pregnant and gaining an appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy significantly reduce the risk of the baby dying in his or her first year of life, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. 

An Interview with Professor Rod Little

Dr. Gong Tang, Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh, interviews Professor Rod Little, a renowned statistician and an expert in missing data analysis, on his career in statistics. The conversation has been published in  AmStat News .  

Dr. Gong Tang presents research in National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS)

Dr. Gong Tang presents in Workshop: Non-ignorable Nonresponse at National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS). His title is “ A Modified Expectation-Maximization Algorithm for Analysis of Data with Missing Values ”. 

EOH's Barchowsky explains Arsenic exposure and muscle regeneration (VIDEO)

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WILEY VIDEO ABSTRACTS - Professor of environmental and occupational health Aaron Barchowsky and Fabrisia Ambrosio of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine explain new research detailing how chronic exposure to arsenic can lead to stem cell dysfunction that impairs muscle healing and regeneration. The full report is published online in STEM CELLS , "Arsenic Promotes NF-Κb-Mediated Fibroblast Dysfunction and Matrix Remodeling to Imp... 

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University draws on own experts to guide health and safety decisions 

University draws on own experts to guide health and safety decisions

PITTWIRE - The new Healthcare Advisory Group, headed by Anantha Shekhar, new senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean of Pitt Med, will monitor the health status of the campus and ensure compliance with legal regulations. Members, including HPM’s Mark Roberts, EPI’s Anne Newman, EOH’... (06/17/2020)
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O'Neal Summons Satan for Starring Role 

O'Neal Summons Satan for Starring Role

PITTWIRE - Pitt Public Health staff member Scott O'Neal recently took center stage to sing the title role in the world premiere of "Satan's Fall," composed by Steward Copeland, founder of the iconic New Wave band The Police. The metal opera, based on "Paradise Lost", was co-commissioned by the Mend... (02/24/2020)
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Parker elected Hastings Center fellow 

Parker elected Hastings Center fellow

PITTWIRE - HUGEN's Lisa Parker was recently elected fellow to The Hastings Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of research scholars studying ethical questions in medicine, science and technology that help inform policy, practice and public understanding. Parker, along with Robert Arnold o... (02/05/2020)


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Lawmakers vote to end Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 emergency, but Gov. Wolf says it’s not over. Burke is concerned. 

Lawmakers vote to end Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 emergency, but Gov. Wolf says it’s not over. Burke is concerned.

PENN LIVE - Epidemiologist Donald Burke said, “The reason our case rates are as low as they are right now is exactly because of these emergency orders and the business closures and mitigation efforts that have followed. To pull back completely from these protections now… would be unwise in the extr... (06/09/2020)