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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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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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