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Well Aged Article in Pitt Magazine

Those living to age 90 and older are a population group that's increasing fastest among the elderly generation. Anne B. Newman, a Pitt physician and epidemiologist, has spent most of her career deciphering the mysteries of longevity and healthy aging, and her research offers insight for all of us.  

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.  

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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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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Sabik sees decline in late stage cancer diagnoses after health reform law 

Sabik sees decline in late stage cancer diagnoses after health reform law

PITT WIRE - Advanced stage cancer diagnoses declined following health insurance expansion in Massachusetts, likely due to increased access to screening and diagnostic services that identified cancers earlier, according to new research led by health economists including HPM's Lindsay Sabik. “Colorec... (01/28/2020)
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Pittsburgh named one of the world’s smartest cities 

Pittsburgh named one of the world’s smartest cities

NEWSWEEK - Pittsburgh has been named one of the world’s smartest cities, as part of Newsweek’s 2019 Momentum Awards. Pittsburgh has undergone a dramatic environmental and technological transformation over recent years, earning its reputation as one of America's "most livable" cities, ranks among th... (01/08/2020)


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El Khoudary finds heart disease risk grows as women move through menopause 

El Khoudary finds heart disease risk grows as women move through menopause

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - A marker for heart disease risk considerably worsens as women transition through menopause. Black women experience this accelerated decline earlier in menopause than their white counterparts. According EPI's Samar El Khoudary, the findings add to growing evidence that menopaus... (02/10/2020)
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Sabik finds decline in advanced stage cancer diagnoses following health reform law 

Sabik finds decline in advanced stage cancer diagnoses following health reform law

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Advanced stage cancer diagnoses declined following health insurance expansion in Massachusetts, likely due to increased access to screening and diagnostic services that identified cancers earlier, according to new research led by health economists including HPM's Lindsay Sabik... (02/04/2020)
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Miller's research proves program effective in preventing dating violence with middle school students 

Miller's research proves program effective in preventing dating violence with middle school students

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Coaching Boys Into Men, a program that seeks to prevent dating violence and sexual assault, reduces abusive behaviors among middle school male athletes toward their female peers, according to clinical trial results published in JAMA Pediatrics. The trial, examining the short- ... (01/28/2020)