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Trump drug pricing 'blueprint' could take years to build says Gellad

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NPR - President Trump announced a plan that lists dozens of "potential" steps his team may take to lower drug prices. "On the positive side, I will say that HHS does seem to be paying close attention to this issue," says HPM's WALID GELLAD. "On the negative side, it's a bunch of questions, not a specific plan for how to proceed."  

Kujawa receives travel award to attend ASV 2018

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A $500 Student Travel Award has been awarded to MIKE KUJAWA (IDM '21) to attend the 37th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Virology. The conference is hosted by the University of Maryland and will take place July 14-18, 2018.  

Wes Rohrer receives Award for Service in the University Senate

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For the past nineteen years, public recognition has been given to a faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the University through service in the University Senate. Members of the Senate Executive Committee were unanimous in their selection of HPM's WES ROHRER for the 2018 award for his service as Budget Policies chair. Congratulations, Dr. Rohrer!   

Containing health care costs by getting homeless people into housing and out of the ER

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WESA-FM - Cultivating Health for Success is a program geared towards people that are homeless, suffering from chronic conditions, and have a history of unplanned care. “People who face housing instability often come to our health care system with high costs and high needs for care,” said ERIC ROBERTS, HPM professor. Patients in the program get housing vouchers and one-on-one help from case managers and nurses.  

Tribal Legal Preparedness Project Launches at Pitt Public Health

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UPMC - “Public health emergencies are issues that every community faces,” said HPM's TINA BATRA HERSHEY. “To address these threats... We created the Tribal Legal Preparedness Project to assist tribal nations interested in expanding their legal preparedness capacity.” The project will provide free training modules and a resource library.   

Anne Newman named Clinical Director of Aging Institute at UPMC and Pitt

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UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh announced the appointment of ANNE NEWMAN, department chair of EPI, as the clinical director of the Aging Institute of UPMC and Pitt. In this role, she will lead efforts to translate research into clinical practice and policy. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity...to collaborate with so many outstanding researchers in aging across the university," says Newman.  

First US drug priced at more than $1 million may be on the horizon

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CNBC - New gene therapies that aim to cure hemophilia are on the horizon. Leerink analysts said the treatments could cost $1.5 million or more. Treating hemophilia can incur between $580,000 and $800,000 per year. For that reason, a potential one-time $1.5 million cost is perceived by many to be a bargain compared with a lifetime of chronic therapy. Others, like HPM's WALID GELLAD, see it as excessive.  

Mailliard on how cells talk and help one another via tiny tube networks

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SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN - Working with dendrites, what he calls "the quarterbacks of the immune system," IDM's ROBBIE MAILLIARD and colleagues are applying the budding field of TNT research to HIV. Now, they are investigating whether drugs that are commonly used to lower cholesterol levels could be repurposed to control viral infections.   

Pitt Public Health provides grant to support Oakmont's pedestrian transportation plan, to be revealed this month

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TRIB LIVE - Environmental planning and design officials plan to reveal a draft report of Oakmont's pedestrian transportation plan this month. The plan is being paid for partially through an $11,000 grant from Pitt Public Health's WalkWorks program. Project Manager CAROLYN YAGLE said they will highlight findings during a presentation and take questions from residents afterward. "This is a draft set of recommendations for both policy and project i... 

Racial disparity in premature deaths has narrowed since 1990

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - The past quarter century has brought a striking decline in earlier-than-expected deaths among blacks in the U.S. “We were surprised by these findings because they demonstrated such dramatic improvement,” said DEAN DONALD BURKE. “Our study shows that racial disparity in health outcomes is not inevitable. It can change, and the gap can be narrowed,” said BIOST's JEANINE BUCHANICH.   

Dean's Day 2018 IDM departmental award recipients

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Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology awards during our annual Dean's Day student research competition were given to KELSEY MESSERSCHMIDT (MPH '19), BETHANY FLAGE (MS '18), ROBERTA METTUS (MS '19), and RENEE ANDERKO (PhD '22).  

Dean's Day 2018 HUGEN departmental award recipients

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MEGAN HAGER (MS/MPH '18) won in the master's category and TERESA CAPASSO (PhD '21) received the doctoral prize.   

Dean's Day 2018 HPM departmental award recipients

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NINA YACOVONI (MPH '18) received the prize for the master's category and RAYMOND VAN CLEVE (PHD '19) received the doctoral prize given by the Department of Health Policy and Management.   

Dean's Day 2018 EPI departmental award recipients

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This year, KATHLEEN MAKSIMOWICZ-MCKINNON (MPH '18) received the prize for the master's category and CHRISTIAN GARCIA (PhD '18) received the doctoral prize.   

EOH awards Keleti Award at Dean's Day 2018

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Environmental and Occupational Health has traditionally offered the Keleti Award at Dean’s Day to recognize the presentation that demonstrated excellence in environmental health. This year’s Keleti winner is RAHEL BIRRU (PhD '18).  

Biostatistics departmental award recipient for Dean's Day 2018

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The Department of Biostatistics prize went to JOANNE BEER (PhD '18). She presented a poster on  Predicting Social Responsiveness Scale scores from fMRI data using structured sparse penalized regression.  

Dean's Day 2018 BCHS departmental award recipients

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WILLIAM LOUTH-MARQUEZ (MPH '20) received the prize for the master's category and LYCIA TRAMUJAS VASCONCELLOS NEUMANN (PhD '19) received the doctoral prize.    

Dean’s Day award recipients, Delta Omega and Rosenkranz prizes

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This year’s Delta Omega prize was awarded to AMRITA SAHU (EOH ’19), and the Herbert Rosenkranz Prize was given to EMMETT HENDERSON (BCHS ’21). 

Pitt Public Health students recieve awards for Pitt's Health Disparities Poster Competition

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The Health Disparities Poster Competition is a University-wide event. Two students from Pitt Public Health received awards during this year's competition. Congratulations to JOHN WRIGHT CORDIER (HPM '18) and CRISTIAN CHANDLER (BCHS '18).   

Award recipients for 2018's CPHP Translation and Cartier-Ulrich awards

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In conjunction with Dean's Day, YUAE PARK (BCHS '20) was awarded with the Center for Public Health Practice Award for Translation and Application of Research to Public Health Policy and Practice. In addition, EMMA GOSSARD (BCHS '18) and LYCIA TRAMUJAS VACONCELLOS NEUMANN (BCHS '19) were awarded with the Catherine Cartier Ulrich Memorial Award for Service to the Underserved.   

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Singh honored with achievement award for tackling global health problems 

Singh honored with achievement award for tackling global health problems

PITTWIRE - Research duo Tushar Singh (EPI '14) and Pitt Medicine's P. S. Reddy accepted the 2018 Sheth International Achievement Award, which is given every year to a Pitt faculty member and alumnus who are increasing Pitt’s global footprint with their work. Singh referred to EPI's Anne Newman as a... (11/26/2018)
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Pitt Community Gathers to Grieve, Heal, and Serve in Honor of Tree of Life Synagogue 

Pitt Community Gathers to Grieve, Heal, and Serve in Honor of Tree of Life Synagogue

PITT WIRE - Drawing strength and inspiration from each other, thousands congregated at the Cathedral of Learning to honor those killed on October 27 in Squirrel Hill.  (11/06/2018)
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Cauley wins prestigious service award 

Cauley wins prestigious service award

PITT WIRE - The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research has awarded JANE CAULEY, vice-chair of EPI, with the 2018 Shirley Hohl Service Award. Cauley received the award after volunteering for numerous positions and projects with the society.  (11/01/2018)


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Pittsburgh analysis: recommendations to reduce recidivism in Allegheny County transgender women 

Pittsburgh analysis: recommendations to reduce recidivism in Allegheny County transgender women

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - As part of her master’s thesis work, Stephanie Creasy (BCHS '17) performed a mixed-methods analysis that involved in-depth interviews with transgender women living in Allegheny County who had been previously incarcerated for nonviolent crimes, coupled with geospatial mapping o... (11/30/2018)
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Dean Burke honored with 2018 John Snow Award at APHA Annual Meeting 

Dean Burke honored with 2018 John Snow Award at APHA Annual Meeting

Named in honor of English physician John Snow (1813-1858), considered one of the founders of modern epidemiology, this annual award recognizes outstanding scientists for enduring contributions to public health through epidemiologic methods and practice. Burke said, "I find great personal satisfacti... (11/12/2018)
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Voting is Public Health 

Voting is Public Health

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - You have the power to choose who represents you in the government. Who you vote for on Tuesday can affect your health care and your ability to change policy on issues such as the right to carry firearms, LGBTQ rights, welfare programs. The list is endless.  (11/02/2018)
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