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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. 

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. 

Pitt Partnership Named Center of Excellence for Rare Genetic Disorder

A UPMC and University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences clinical and academic partnership has earned international recognition as a premier center for treatment of and research into hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), a rare genetic disorder that can cause sudden, catastrophic internal bleeding and stroke. 

Conley Recognized with Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination

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Yvette Conley (HUGEN '93, '99) was recognized on May 29, 2015, with the Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination at the Pitt Public Health annual Alumni Awards dinner.  

Grubs Receives the 2015 Craig Award for Teaching Excellence

Robin Grubs, director of the genetic counseling program, won the award for her dedication to her students and her constant pursuit of the most comprehensive and current training. 

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. 

NEW Multidisciplinary Group! Pitt Trauma & Emergency League

The Pitt Trauma & Emergency League (PTEL) is a group of public health, nursing, medical, undergraduate emergency medicine and pre-health students. 

Genomics Innovator Dietrich Stephan Named Chair of Pitt Public Health Department of Human Genetics

Dietrich A. Stephan, Ph.D., has been named chair of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Stephan also will serve as the associate director of the Institute for Personalized Medicine, a collaborative initiative between the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and UPMC, where he will lead the efforts in population genetics and translational acceleration of new disc... 

Faculty in the Department of Human Genetics have won a very prestigious award from the International and American Associations of Dental Research

"John R. Shaffer, Eleanor Feingold, Dan E. Weeks, M. Michael Baramada, and Mary L. Marazita and co-authors are the recipients of the 2013 William J. Gies Award for Biological Research presented by the International and American Associations of Dental Research for their paper, Shaffer et al., "Genome-wide association scan for childhood caries implicates novel genes." Journal of Dental Research 2011 90(12):1457-62." 

We will now be offering HUGEN 2051 "Inborn Errors of Development"

HuGen 2051 "Inborn Errors of Development" next semester (Spring 2013). This is an advanced course which explores the relationship between development and human inherited disease. 

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