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Tony Silvestre honored with PATF's Kerry Stoner Award

Congratulations to Anthony Silvestre, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, who is being recognized with the Kerry Stoner Award at the PATF 30th Annual Benefit in April. The Kerry Stoner Award is presented annually to honor a person who has, through a longtime dedication to Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force’s mission, shown commitment to the legacy and vision of Kerry Stoner, PATF's founder and first executive dir... 

Sedentary Behavior Linked to Poor Health in Adults with Severe Obesity, Independent of Exercise

Sedentary behavior is associated with poor cardiovascular health and diabetes in adults with severe obesity, independent of how much exercise they perform, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health-led study showed for the first time. 

Evans Fellowship - $10,000 towards MPH/MSW

Looking to become a leader? Want a deeper focus on social justice, communication, management, community organizing, and grant writing skills to add to your public health toolbox? Find out how the Evans Fellowship can provide $10,000 towards your MPH/MSW joint degree by contacting  Dr. Mark Friedman at   

Student Opportunity

The HSHPS Fellowship Training Program provides paid and unpaid training opportunities for graduate and doctoral students interested in working on Hispanic health research.  

Pitt Vaccine Researcher Among First to Study Zika Virus Causing Birth Defects in Brazil

When Ernesto Marques, M.D., Ph.D., first started hearing of strange rashes in Brazilian patients, he didn’t think much of it – perhaps it was a mild strain of dengue.So the University of Pittsburgh scientist and Brazilian citizen was quite surprised when his laboratory tests came back revealing it was a mosquito-borne virus called Zika that had most recently been implicated in outbreaks nearly half a world away in Polynesia.And now, nine months l... 

Funding Opportunity

National Institutes of Health: Limited Submissions- One Application per University 

Pitt Public Health Part of International Study that Reveals New Genetic Clues to Age-Related Macular Degeneration

 The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health recruited hundreds of local participants and analyzed data for an international study that has significantly expanded the number of genetic factors known to play a role in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. 

CRAB Invite

The Center for Health Equity (CHE) invites any faculty member or student doing research to utilize its Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB) for assistance. 

Russell Rule Rycheck Award Application Deadline

For MPH students to develop skills to add to their professional tool bag. Get details at and apply by December 4. 

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... 

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