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Impact of Essential Fatty Acids on Health Maintenance

Akira Sekikawa, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, was recently interviewed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette concerning omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, and their effects on brain development and health maintenance. According to Sekikawa, the American Health Association recommends replacing saturated fat with a balance of these poly-unsaturated fats that cannot be efficiently generated in the body, and must come from dietary ... 

University of Pittsburgh Recruits Renowned Cancer Epidemiologist

The University of Pittsburgh has appointed Jian-Min Yuan, MD, PhD, as the associate director for cancer control and population sciences and the leader of the Cancer Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. In addition, Dr. Yuan will serve as visiting professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. 

Connie Bayles, PhD, named one of eleven 2011 Mon River Fleet Women of Achievement

Constance Bayles, PhD, a Department of Epidemiology faculty member, was recently named one of eleven 2011 Mon River Fleet Women of Achievement. Awardees were selected based upon their contributions in health care, education, society, safety, recreation, spirituality, volunteerism, lifetime achievement, or special projects through the Fleet’s Healthier Communities PartnerSHIPS. 

Anthony Fabio's Research Highlights the Rise of Child Abusive Head Trauma During Recession

An increase in child abuse, mostly in infants, is linked with the recent recession in new research that raises fresh concerns about the impact of the nation's economic woes. The results are in a study of 422 abused children from mostly lower-income families, known to face greater risks for being abused, and the research involved just 74 counties in four states. 

Epidemiology Faculty Member Featured in Pitt Magazine

The accomplishments of Caterina Rosano, MD, PhD, Epidemiology faculty member, and researcher in the Graduate School of Public Health Center for Aging and Population Health, were recently highlighted in the summer 2011 edition of Pitt Magazine .  As a physician and epidemiologist, Rosano focuses on how the brain works and what it may reveal about the secrets of longevity. 

Pepper Center Announces Multidisciplinary Journal Club Exploring Brain Imaging in Epidemiological Studies of Older Adults

The Epidemiology of Brain Resilience in Aging (e-BRAIN) program and the Claude D. Pepper Center at the University of Pittsburgh have established a new, multidisciplinary Journal Club to explore the application of neuroimaging methods in the context of aging and population studies with a specific focus on advances in MRI and their neuroanatomical correlates in the aging brain. 

Life expectancy for those with Type 1 diabetes improving, Pitt study says

The life expectancy of people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes dramatically increased during the course of a 30-year, long-term prospective study, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study being presented at the 71st Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association. 

Pitt Study Shows Inequitable Access to Flu Vaccinations Could Worsen Flu Epidemic

Giving wealthier counties greater access to influenza vaccine than poorer counties could worsen a flu epidemic because poor areas have fairly high population densities with higher levels of interaction among households and communities, enabling the infection to spread faster, according to a University of Pittsburgh study. 

Pitt Study Examines Environmental Risk Factors for Childhood Autism

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) has launched a multi-year study to help identify environmental and other factors that may put children at risk for developing conditions within the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The Study of Environmental Risk Factors for Childhood Autism is being conducted throughout southwestern Pennsylvania in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties. 

Two Current GSPH Students Selected as 2010-11 Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows

As the nation embarks on the largest children’s health study ever undertaken in the United States, Pitt is among the institutions playing a role in collecting data. 

Nobel Laureate Receives Porter Prize from Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health

PITTSBURGH, May 20 – Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Ph.D ., a virologist who accepted the Nobel Prize in Medicine for research that led to the identification of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), is the 2011 recipient of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s (GSPH) Porter Prize in recognition of her outstanding achievements promoting health and preventing disease through her many contributions to HIV/AIDS research. 

Trudy Bush Fellowship for Cardiovascular Research in Women’s Health

Samar R. El Khoudary, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, received the Trudy Bush Fellowship for Cardiovascular Research in Women’s Health. The award is given by the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention to recognize the top three abstracts related to cardiovascular research in women’s health accepted to their annual conference. 

Cauley Selected as Recipient of the 2011 Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Jane Cauley, DrPH and faculty member within the GSPH Department of Epidemiology, is being recognized for her commitment to mentoring and her successes in working with doctoral students. 

National Children’s Study Begins Recruiting in Westmoreland County

Media event discussing the National Children’s Study , the largest long-term examination of children’s health ever conducted in the United States. This study, currently being conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, has begun recruiting participants in Westmoreland County and 149 other counties nationwide. 

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