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Apply for JHF Fellowships on End of Life and IT Innovation

Graduate students from different disciplines can apply to JHF's 2016 QI2T Health Innovators Fellowship and/or the Fellowship on Death and Dying by Friday, December 11, 2015. 

Apply for JHF Summer Internship by Feb. 3rd

Graduate students can apply to the Jewish Healthcare Foundation's summer internship program by February 3rd: http://www.qitcenter.org/2016-jhf-summer-internship.html  

Kudos for Faculty Member Book

Statistical Inference on Residual Life (Springer, 2014) by Dr. Jong-Hyeon Jeong, Professor and Vice Chair of Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh, received great reviews in the Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics, and Biometrics. Read more at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/biom.12321/full.   

American Medical Association urges ban on TV drug ads

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THE WASHINGTON POST - ...“Something like a third of consumers who’ve seen a drug ad have talked to their doctor about it,” Julie Donohue, a professor of public health at the University of Pittsburgh, told NPR. “About two-thirds of those have asked for a prescription. And the majority of people who ask for a prescription have that request honored.”... 

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. 

Doctors vote to stop drug ads to consumers

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MARKETPLACE -  Situations like this are among the reasons the American Medical Association is calling for a ban on direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs and medical devices. The group says the commercials are boosting demand for expensive — and sometimes inappropriate — treatments, and fueling the rise in drug prices....  Julie Donohue , an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, has ... 

Pittsburgh Magazine Pittsburghers of the Year

Karen Wolk Feinstein: For shepherding the Jewish Healthcare Foundation from its creation through the sale of the former Montefiore Hospital through its 25-year evolution to national voice for patient safety and healthcare quality. Feinstein and JHF have been at the forefront of major social movements to reform health care in Pittsburgh and beyond, and the dawn of 2016 brings additional foundation programs aimed at organizing communities, activati... 

To Reduce Risk of Infant Death, Shed Excess Pounds Before Becoming Pregnant

Achieving a healthy weight before becoming pregnant and gaining an appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy significantly reduce the risk of the baby dying in his or her first year of life, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. 

To Reduce Risk of Infant Death, Shed Excess Pounds Before Becoming Pregnant

Achieving a healthy weight before becoming pregnant and gaining an appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy significantly reduce the risk of the baby dying in his or her first year of life, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. 

An Interview with Professor Rod Little

Dr. Gong Tang, Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh, interviews Professor Rod Little, a renowned statistician and an expert in missing data analysis, on his career in statistics. The conversation has been published in  AmStat News .  

Dr. Gong Tang presents research in National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS)

Dr. Gong Tang presents in Workshop: Non-ignorable Nonresponse at National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS). His title is “ A Modified Expectation-Maximization Algorithm for Analysis of Data with Missing Values ”. 

EOH's Barchowsky explains Arsenic exposure and muscle regeneration (VIDEO)

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WILEY VIDEO ABSTRACTS - Professor of environmental and occupational health Aaron Barchowsky and Fabrisia Ambrosio of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine explain new research detailing how chronic exposure to arsenic can lead to stem cell dysfunction that impairs muscle healing and regeneration. The full report is published online in STEM CELLS , "Arsenic Promotes NF-Κb-Mediated Fibroblast Dysfunction and Matrix Remodeling to Imp... 

Prof. Sally Morton publishes on Comparative Effectiveness Research

Sally C. Morton, Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics, University of Pittsburgh, Vice Chair, IOM Committee on Standards for Systematic Reviews of Comparative Effectiveness Research published a review article entitled “ Comparative Effectiveness Research The Institute of Medicine Standards for Systematic Reviews: 4 Years Later ”.  (http://growthevidence.com/growth-commentaries/)    

Chronic Arsenic Exposure Can Impair Ability of Muscle to Heal After Injury, Says Pitt Study

Chronic exposure to arsenic can lead to stem cell dysfunction that impairs muscle healing and regeneration, according to an animal study conducted by researchers at theUniversity of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health. In a report published online in STEM CELLS, they noted that inhibiting a certain protein in an inflammatory pathway can reverse the harmful effects and that environmental exposures might explain why... 

Study Identifies Patients Most Likely to Have Joint Pain Reduction After Bariatric Surgery

In the three years following bariatric surgery, the majority of patients experience an improvement in pain and walking ability, according to the preliminary results of a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health-led analysis presented today in Los Angeles at ObesityWeek, the annual international conference of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery and The Obesity Society. 

Therapies Against Biowarfare Subject of $7.6M Defense Grant to Pitt Center for Vaccine Research Scientists

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded a $7.6 million grant to a collaborative group of scientists in the University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research (CVR) for groundbreaking work that could lead to countermeasures against bioterrorism attacks. 

Interdisciplinary Latino Research Network (ILRI)

The Center for Health Equity has initiated a mentoring and networking program for faculty and students who are Latino or are interested in working in Latino health.  

Evans Fellowship

Looking to become a leader? Want a deeper focus on social justice, communication, management, community organizing, and grant writing skills to add to your public health toolbox? 

IDM Student Wins Pitt Sigma Xi Poster Award at Science2015

Congratulate Infectious Disease and Microbiology Doctoral Student, Zachary D. Swan, MS for winning a Pitt Sigma Xi Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Poster Award at Science2015. 

Healthy ‘Aging with HIV’ Strategies Focus of Federal Grant to Pitt Public Health

As the U.S. reaches an important milestone this year in the fight against HIV with more than half the people living with the virus older than age 50, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health is launching a study to determine ways to promote health among aging gay and bisexual men, who make up about two-thirds of the people aging with HIV. 

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Lara Siminerio Lemon delivers student address at Pitt's Commencement 2018 Graduate Ceremony 

Lara Siminerio Lemon delivers student address at Pitt's Commencement 2018 Graduate Ceremony

PITT WIRE - In Pitt's graduate student address, EPI doctoral graduate LARA  SIMINERIO LEMON told the audience: "You only have one life. So do what you choose with it but remember: it's the only chance you'll get ... Please do not lose the momentum that Pitt has provided to each one of us ... g... (04/26/2018)
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The HIV Prevention and Care Project turns 25 

The HIV Prevention and Care Project turns 25

PITT WIRE - Led by IDM's TONY SILVESTRE, the Pitt Public Health project serves as the facilitator of the HIV prevention and care community planning process in Pennsylvania. With initiatives like Acceptance Journeys and Project SILK, the work has received recognition from multiple federal health bod... (04/26/2018)
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HuGen alumna's creation aims to reduce radiation exposure from stress tests 

HuGen alumna's creation aims to reduce radiation exposure from stress tests

PITTWIRE - Doctoral alumna MALIHA ZAHID ( HUGEN  '09) aims to reduce the amount of radiation that patients are exposed to when undergoing diagnostic imaging. Her creation, to be used during cardiac stress tests, was a previous Pitt PInCh winner. (04/17/2018)

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Williams-Pate represents Pitt Public Health as This is Public Health ambassador  

Williams-Pate represents Pitt Public Health as This is Public Health ambassador

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Thirty-five new ambassadors, including KYANNA WILLIAMS-PATE (BCHS ’19), are joining the program, representing the This Is Public Health brand and 23 ASPPH member institutions. Throughout the year, ambassadors participate in a series of public health outreach events along with p... (05/21/2018)

Racial disparity in premature deaths has narrowed since 1990 

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 ... (05/07/2018)

ASPPH data center visits Pittsburgh 

ASPPH data center visits Pittsburgh

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Last Thursday, ASPPH Data Center staff visited Pitt Public Health, meeting with administrators, staff, and the university-wide Tableau business intelligence user group. The consultation focused on upcoming ASPPH Annual Data Reporting, ASPPH resources for diversity studies, usi... (04/23/2018)
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