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Heather Tomko Wins Disability Service Award

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PITTWIRE - The Dick Thornburgh Forum Disability Service Award goes to HEATHER TOMKO (HPM '19) for service that has made a difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities. Her work in activism includes taking part in the Jewish Healthcare Foundation’s Jonas Salk Health Activist Fellowship, blogging on “The Heather Report” and creating the advocacy organization, Accessible YOUniverse.  

Encourage teens to discuss relationships, says Miller

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REUTERS - Health care providers and parents should begin talking to adolescents in middle school about healthy romantic and sexual relationships and mutual respect for others, a doctors’ group urges. “Without intentionally talking to them about respectful, equitable relationships, we’re leaving them to fend for themselves,” said BCHS's ELIZABETH MILLER.   

Pitt Public health students competed and won at Code4PA code-a-thon competition

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At this year's Code4PA event, two teams of Pitt Public Health students won prizes in the regional competition and advanced to the final round. A team of four, including HUANG LIN (BIOS '20), QING YIN (BIOS '21), AND LINGYUN LYU (BIOS '22), won best use of a case/visualization. The other team, including GARRY SMYDA (BIOS '22), won best use of Esri Technology.  

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

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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.   

Elbeshbishi receives 2018 Ivan and Mary Novick Award for Young Alumni Leadership

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Congratulations to YARA ELBESHBISHI (HPM '16) for receiving the 2018 Ivan and Mary Novick Award for Young Alumni Leadership. This is a highly competitive award that was established by the Novick family to recognize and honor young alumni who have enriched the life of the University of Pittsburgh though their volunteer leadership efforts. The award will be presented at the Alumni Association's 2018 Homecoming Awards Luncheon in October.  

Gollin joins Jewish Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees

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Congratulations to HUGEN's SUSANNE GOLLIN for being invited to join the Jewish Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees next year. They are meeting next month to explore the question: "What are the appropriate roles, the responsible mandates and interventions, of healthcare governing boards in guaranteeing the safety of the hospitals and systems that they oversee?"  

Faculty Spotlight: Jenna Colavincenzo Carlson

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JENNA CARLSON (BIOST '17) is a familiar face to the Department of Biostatistics since receiving her PhD with us a few years ago. After finishing her PhD, she worked as a post-doctoral associate in the Department of Human Genetics for a year before joining Biostats as an assistant professor in August. Carlson is an outstanding educator and researcher with expertise in both statistical education and in population genetics.   

Voting is Public Health

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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.   

Cauley wins prestigious service award

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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.   

Angus shares the latest on efforts to increase communication in the ICU (AUDIO)

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JAMA NETWORK - What if the patient you are managing in the ICU is not asleep when you thought they were? In this podcast, HPM's DEREK ANGUS shares the latest research on the impact the ICU has on patients and best evidence-guided practices to help clinicians keep the patient at the center of care. "In the ICU there's a whole set of issues that get in the way of good communication," said Angus.  

Pitt Men's Study mourns loss of doctor among the first in Pittsburgh to treat gay men and people with HIV

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The Pitt Men’s Study extends its heartfelt sympathy and condolences to all those touched by the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill on October 27. While all the deaths that day were tragic, the death of Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz is particularly significant to our volunteers and staff. Dr. Rabinowitz was one of the first doctors in Pittsburgh to welcome both gay men and people with HIV into his practice.   

Sharpsburg puts its best foot forward with WalkWorks walking route

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PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE - The Sharpsburg Main and Canal Walking Route is the newest addition to the Triboro EcoDistrict, the partnership and working agreement between Sharpsburg and its neighboring boroughs, Millvale and Etna. Neighborhood association volunteers collaborated with the  American Heart Association of Pittsburgh, the AARP, and WalkWorks, a partnership between the state Department of Health and Pitt Public Health.  

Gellad editorial on Trump's proposal for Medicare Part B

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STAT - "President Trump’s timely speech about high drug prices addressed key problems that make drugs unaffordable for so many Americans, and for taxpayers in general. Although the effort put into addressing drug pricing by the Trump administration is impressive, the solutions proposed face insurmountable challenges. I worry that the plan will meet the same fate as prior proposals to change how we pay for drugs in Medicare Part B."  

Pitt Public Health students gain "invaluable' experience during NAHSE case competition

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The NAHSE case competition is a scholarship program for students in health administration, business administration and public health. The team members were ABBY MONYEI (HPM '19), KEXIN CHEN (HPM '19) and DEBORAH WOKPETAH (HPM '20). "They really enjoyed the opportunity to develop their competencies during the competition... Plus, the networking during the NAHSE conference was invaluable for them," said HPM's KEVIN BROOM.   

Pitt Public Health students compete, Roman wins prize in Robbins Case Competition

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The 4th Annual Robbins Case Competition in Healthcare Management is a forum for master’s-level students to participate in a national case competition in health care management with a distinct financial/quantitative emphasis. EVAN ROMAN (HPM '19) CHANDLER CAUFIELD (HPM '20), and JUSTIN TAYLOR (HPM '20) competed as a team in this year's competition.   

Chancellor challenges Pitt community to ‘tip in’ in wake of synagogue shootings

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"Pittsburgh came together—as Pittsburghers do—in an unequivocal show of solidarity against hate,” remarks Chancellor Patrick Gallagher encouraging all of us to support one another and collectively reject hatred, bolster our communities’ core, and to grow even stronger in the wake of this disaster.  

Pitt Public Health finds amount of weight regain after bariatric surgery helps predict health risks

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ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Measuring the percentage of weight regained following the maximum amount of weight lost after bariatric surgery can help predict a patient’s risk of several serious health problems. “Our study will... lead to further studies on how to best avoid and manage weight regain for better health outcomes,”  said EPI's WENDY KING.  

Mackey identifies modifiable dementia risk factor in older adults in long-running study

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ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - new research from Pitt Public Health has identified a dementia risk factor among older adults that should be modifiable even well into old age. “Although arterial stiffness is associated with markers of silent, or subclinical, brain damage and cognitive decline, until now, it was not clear that arterial stiffness was associated with the risk of dementia,” said EPI's RACHEL MACKEY.  

John Cordier and team won the Global Business Challenge

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After winning the Kuzneski Innovation Cup from the Innovation Institute for FRED (a Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dynamics), a software platform that simulates the spread of disease, mitigation strategies, & policy implications, John Cordier (HPH '19) assembled a team  on short notice and lead them to victory in the Global Business Challenge, held in Brisbane, Australia.  

Meet alumna Shumei Sun

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SHUMEI SUN (BIOS '83) currently serves as the chair of the Department of Biostatistics, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University. As chair, she has played a vital role in transforming the department by doubling the size of its faculty, and initiating new courses in mathematical genetics, omics and informatics over the past decade.  

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Hernandez study investigates rising drug prices 

Hernandez study investigates rising drug prices

PITT WIRE - A recent study led by Inmaculada Hernandez (HPM '16), assistant professor of pharmacy and therapeutics, found that new drugs entering the market drive up prices, but drug companies are also hiking prices on older drugs.  (01/30/2019)
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Arthur Levine: 20 years of impact 

Arthur Levine: 20 years of impact

PITT WIRE - After more than two decades of transformative service to the University of Pittsburgh, Arthur S. Levine has announced his intent to exit his position as senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and the John and Gertrude Petersen Dean in the School of Medicine. In a message to the ... (01/24/2019)
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Hernandez among three Pitt students named to Forbes 30 Under 30 

Hernandez among three Pitt students named to Forbes 30 Under 30

PITT WIRE - Congratulations to Inmaculada Hernandez (HPM '16)! The list features 600 business and entrepreneurial leaders from 20 industries, including health care, energy, art and education, among others. (01/09/2019)


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Padiath and colleagues 'see' dual-layered scaffolding of cellular nuclei 

Padiath and colleagues 'see' dual-layered scaffolding of cellular nuclei

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Our cells sometimes have to squeeze through pretty tight spaces. And when they do, the nuclei inside must go along for the ride. Using super-sensitive microscopic imaging, HUGEN’s Quasar Padiath made a fundamental biological discovery that explains the structure of the nuclear... (03/04/2019)
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Scientists uncover dual-layered scaffolding of cellular nuclei (video) 

Scientists uncover dual-layered scaffolding of cellular nuclei (video)

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES  - Using super-sensitive microscopic imaging, a team of scientists led by HuGen's Quasar Padiath has made a fundamental biological discovery that explains the structure of the nuclear envelope and gives tantalizing clues as to how cells squish throug... (02/19/2019)
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Pitt Public Health study uncovers why Rift Valley fever is catastrophic to developing fetuses  

Pitt Public Health study uncovers why Rift Valley fever is catastrophic to developing fetuses

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Like Zika, infection with Rift Valley fever virus can go unnoticed during pregnancy, all the while doing irreparable - often lethal - harm to the fetus. The results of a new study underscore the importance of disease prevention for pregnant woment and set the stage for vaccine... (01/24/2019)
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