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Pitt Awarded Federal Grant to Facilitate Massive Pulmonary Clinical Trials Program

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and School of Medicine investigators will be leading a $15 million, five-year federal initiative to manage national clinical trials aimed at developing new treatments for breathing disorders. The effort is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Trevor Orchard has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor at the University of Pittsburgh

I am delighted to announce that Trevor Orchard, MD, M.Med.Sci. has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.  

Obesity-Related Causes of Stillbirth Detailed in Pitt Analysis

Obese women are nearly twice as likely as their lean counterparts to have stillborn babies for several specific, potentially preventable medical reasons, a new University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Healthanalysis reveals. 

Menopause Associated with More Fat Around Heart, Raising Risk for Heart Disease

Late- and post-menopausal women have significantly greater volumes of fat around their hearts – a risk factor for heart disease – than their pre-menopausal counterparts, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study has shown for the first time. 

Glynn Receives Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award

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Nancy Glynn (EPI '94) was recognized on May 29, 2015, with the Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award at the annual Alumni Awards  dinner. 

Delta Omega Honor Society welcomes two new members in 2015

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On May 29, 2015, at the annual Alumni Awards dinner, two alumni were inducted into the Omicron chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society, which recognizes merit and encourages further excellence in, and devotion to, public health work: Marisabel Sanchez (MPH '93) and Tushar Singh (EPI '14).  

Fine Particulate Air Pollution Associated with Increased Risk of Childhood Autism

Exposure to fine particulate air pollution during pregnancy through the first two years of a child’s life may be associated with an increased risk of the child developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a condition that affects one in 68 children, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health investigation of children in southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Funding Opportunities

RFP from the Children’s Prize  

New process for NIH Modular Budget Submissions

The Office of Research continues to address efficiency on the Grants Management Team. Effective immediately, the following process has been streamlined.  

Mallinckrodt Grant Program

The University of Pittsburgh may submit two grant applications to the Mallinckrodt Grant Program of the Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation. A grant from this program provides $60,000 per year in direct costs for three years.  

Workplace Lifestyle Intervention Program Improves Health, Reduces Diabetes and Heart Disease Risks

A healthy lifestyle intervention program administered at the workplace and developed by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health significantly reduces risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, according to a study reported in the March issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 

Pervasive chemical potentially alters levels of pregnancy hormone influencing sex development

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UPMC / YouTube - Research by Pitt Public Health epidemiology researcher JENNIFER ADIBI reveals that exposure to hormone-altering chemicals called phthalates—which are found in many plastics, foods, and personal care products—early in pregnancy is associated with a disruption in an essential pregnancy hormone and adversely affects the masculinization of male genitals in the baby.  

Call for Applications:PHDL International Student Fellowships

The Public Health Dynamics Lab (PHDL) is requesting applications for an International Student Fellowship Award that provides $5,000 to a Pitt Public Health graduate student. 

Pitt Effort Seeks to Combat ‘Sitting Disease,’ Diabetes with $3M NIH Grant

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers are flipping conventional thought on its head regarding how to improve the health of sedentary people at risk for diabetes and heart disease in a new study designed to combat a condition popularly called “sitting disease.” 

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