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JHF Jonas Salk Fellowship - Apply by September 9

The 2016 Salk Fellowship will function as a master design lab to reinvent the health system, starting from scratch. In multi-disciplinary teams, Fellows (selected graduate students) will envision a master design of a health system to get the best health outcomes at the most reasonable cost.  

Pitt Researchers Turn to Social Media in Fight Against Opioid Abuse

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Social media could revolutionize how to care for those struggling with addiction. Dr. Zan Dodson from the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory discusses how his team is looking at how social media can be used to identify geographical clusters of opioid and heroin abuse and overdose. The data they’re compiling will help create a map of opioid-use clusters, which will be shared with Pittsburgh officials to provide better care in those areas in an e... 

Mark Roberts: MDM research's impact on practice & lives

MEDICAL DECISION MAKING - Mark Roberts recently published a thoughtful essay in Medical Decision Making reflecting on one of his early papers and its impact on physicians and their patients. 

Correcting Metabolic Deficiencies May Improve Depression Symptoms

Identifying and treating metabolic deficiencies in patients with treatment-resistant depression can improve symptoms and in some cases even lead to remission, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine published online today in the American Journal of Psychiatry. 

Pitt Public Health Walking Advocate Receives National Award from America Walks

America Walks, a national advocacy organization that promotes walking and walkable communities, announced Wednesday that Carol Reichbaum, M.S.L., M.S.P.A., of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, has been awarded a Walking College Fellowship. 

Pitt Public Health Nutritional Epidemiologist Selected to Serve on Federal Panel Shaping Pregnancy Diet and Health Guidelines

For the first time, federal dietary and health guidelines for Americans are being updated to include comprehensive advice for pregnant women. 

There's No Vaccine Yet for CMV

Work on a vaccine for CMV has been going on for many years, said microbiologist Charles Rinaldo, PhD, an expert in cytomegalovirus in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Pitt Public Health. 

Bukowski Receives Award for Groundbreaking LGBT/HIV Research Study

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For Leigh Bukowski, MPH, having the opportunity to present her LGBT-related research at the 2016 AIDS International Conference in South Africa was a dream come true.A few short hours after her presentation, the experience was made even more special when she was awarded the 2016 Joep Lange and Jacqueline van Tongeren Prize for Young Investigators for Track D, Social and Political Research, Law, Policy and Human Rights. Her abstract, “Physical ass... 

Newman Named as GSA’s Next Medical Sciences Journal Editor

The GSA has named Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH, as the next medical sciences editor-in-chief of The Journal of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 

Most powerful obesity gene yet boosts risk by 40 per cent

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NEW SCIENTIST - It could be in your DNA. A gene variant that increases a person’s obesity risk by 30 to 40 per cent is the strongest genetic predictor of body weight discovered in humans so far. Having just one copy of a particular variant of a gene called CREBRF is associated with a 1.5 increase in BMI... The genetic variant was uncovered during a genomic analysis of more than 5000 people in Samoa, where obesity rates are among the highest in t... 

Revolutionary Acts: How the discussion of HIV risk matters for the health of Black men who have sex with men

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Derrick D. Matthews, assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, focuses his research upon the disproportionate burden the HIV epidemic has on black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the U.S....  

Pitt researchers taking new approach on opioid epidemic

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Christina Mair has a question: What causes addiction? Studying alcohol and marijuana use in California, Ms. Mair focused on the social determinants that might lead to dependency. While genetics play a role, she learned, it’s often environmental factors that lead a user to take his first hit (or sip). Everything from a community’s demographics to the presence of liquor stores on its streets can impact levels of addictio... 

Birmingham Free Clinic Community Fellowship Application

Now accepting applications for Fellowships for the Fall Session. Applications due July 29, 2015 by 5:00 pm 

Recent Cancer Patient Urges HPV Vaccine for All Children

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Dr. Steve Wilson, a pathologist in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, discusses how he discovered his human papillomavirus-linked throat cancer, and the treatment he received at the UPMC CancerCenter. Even though the Allegheny County Board of Health’s HPV vaccine requirement did not passed, Dr. Wilson and the UPMC CancerCenter urge parents to get their children vaccinated by middle school to prevent this devastating cancer. 

Explaining the Importance of Vaccinating Children for HPV Virus

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To show support of the Allegheny County Board of Health’s vote on whether to mandate the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, UPMC oncologists this week held a press briefing to share facts about the lifesaving vaccine. UPMC’s experts explained the importance of vaccinating children to protect against HPV-related cancers, including cervical, oropharyngeal and cancers of other reproductive organs. The vaccine is proven to be safe and effective in p... 

amFAR/Pitt Scholars Study HIV Health Disparities

The current cohort of amfAR fellows, who hail from Paraguay, South Africa, Indonesia, and Brazil, are developing public health responses to HIV health disparities.  

Congratulations Don Jones!

Don Jones has accepted a position as Project Manager at AHN Revenue Cycle. 

Scott Becker Executive-In-Residence for AY 2016-2017

HPM is pleased to announce that Scott Becker, CEO, Conemaugh Health System (bio attached) will be the Executive-In-Residence for AY 2016-20 

BCHS Doctoral Student Doing Research in Brazil this Summer

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Lycia Tramujas Vasconcellos Neumann's research is titled "The Role of Community Support for Healthy Aging: A study with low income community dwelling seniors in Brazil." 

Funding opportunities for Year of Diversity announced by Provost's Office

Provost Beeson announces matching funds of up to $ 5000 to support lectures, workshops, and other events as part of lively year of student, faculty, and staff discussions around the topic of diversity. Apply online at pitt.edu/year-of-diversity . 

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Online Service Aiming to Match Moms-to-Be With Doulas Wins Student Pitch Competition 

Online Service Aiming to Match Moms-to-Be With Doulas Wins Student Pitch Competition

PITTWIRE - Finding a suitable doula — a professional who gives physical and educational support before, during and after childbirth — can be difficult, said Pitt Graduate School of Public Health Student ALYSIA TUCKER of BCHS. Her prize-winning idea could make the process easier. (07/07/2017)
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Toward Curing HIV: Test Finds Hidden Virus 

Toward Curing HIV: Test Finds Hidden Virus

PITTWIRE - A team of Pitt scientists led by IDM's PHALGUNI GUPTA developed a test to detect "hidden" HIV that is faster, less labor-intensive and less expensive than the current "gold standard" test. (05/31/2017)
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