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Students Win Third Place in Case Competition

The Health Policy and Management team that entered the University of Alabama Administrative Case competition this year came back with a 3rd place overall! This premier MHA competition draws teams from all over the country, and this is the highest we have ever placed.   

Older Age at Onset of Type 1 Diabetes Associated with Lower Brain Connectivity Later in Life

Children and adolescents older than age 8 at the onset of type 1 diabetes had weaker brain connectivity when tested later in life relative to those who had earlier ages of diagnosis, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences researchers discovered. 

Best ENAR Student Presentation Award Announcement

The Department of Biostatistics announces the winner and honorable mentions for the 2014 Best ENAR Student Presentation Award. 

Falls Among Pennsylvania Elderly Reduced by State Program

A low-cost program reduced falls in the elderly by 17 percent statewide, illustrating the value and effectiveness of using existing aging services, such as senior centers, in preventing falls, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study determined. 

Pitt Public Health Graduate Named Deputy Director

The Allegheny County Health Department today announced the appointment of Roderick L. Harris, DrPH, as Deputy Director of Community Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.  

PhD Travel Award Announcement

Biostatistics PhD student Qing Liu has won the Biopharmaceutical Section Travel Award for JSM 2014. 

MS Travel Award Announcement

The Department of Biostatistics would like to congratulate the winners for the first annual MS Travel awards.    

High Consumption of Fish Oil May Benefit Cardiovascular Health, Pitt Public Health Finds

Eating fish in amounts comparable to those of people living in Japan seems to impart a protective factor that wards off heart disease, according to an international study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.  

Pitt Public Health Analysis Provides Guidance on Hospital Community Benefit Programs

A new analysis led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health offers insights for nonprofit hospitals in implementing community health improvement programs. 

Well Aged Article in Pitt Magazine

Those living to age 90 and older are a population group that's increasing fastest among the elderly generation. Anne B. Newman, a Pitt physician and epidemiologist, has spent most of her career deciphering the mysteries of longevity and healthy aging, and her research offers insight for all of us.  

Professor links peer pressure to health choices

Shoham, an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago's Department of Public Health Sciences, researches the connection between social networking and its effect on levels of obesity, to prove whether close friends have a large impact on a person’s health choices.   

Jessica Burke Featured in Pitt Public Health Magazine

Check out Jessica Burke in Pitt Public Health Magazine. 

New Open-Access Journal from the ASA

Department of Biostatistics Chair Sally Morton is a founding editor of a new open-access American Statistical Association (ASA) journal Statistics and Public Policy.  

Center for Black Equity and Pitt Public Health Announce HIV Research Project

The Center for Black Equity and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health are partnering on a new research project to study reasons for increased risk of HIV infection among African-American men who have sex with men (MSM). 

Pieces sought in black/HIV puzzle

Dr. Ronald Stall, together with the Center for Black Equity in Washington, "landed a $3.2 million grant through the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health to answer the question and help put the brakes on the national epidemic of human immunodeficiency virus and the deadly disease that HIV causes -- acquired immune deficiency syndrome, known as AIDS." 

The Department of Biostatistics is pleased to celebrate two recent books in our department

Dr. Jong Jeong and Dr. Stewart Anderson have both recently published books.  

Low Vitamin D Levels During Pregnancy May Increase Risk of Severe Preeclampsia

 

Heinz Endowments grant to give infants a fighting chance

Dr. Patricia I. Documet, Scientific Director of the Center for Health Equity, was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about infant mortality rates and persistent health disparities in Allegheny County. 

LGBT health inequity persists; NIH research lags

Robert Coulter, a doctoral student in the department, had an important paper published in the American Journal of Public Health: "Research Funded by the National Institutes of Health on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations." 

Low National Funding for LGBT Health Research Contributes to Inequities, Pitt-led Analysis Finds

Only one-half of 1 percent of studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) between 1989 and 2011 concerned the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, contributing to the perpetuation of health inequities, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health-led analysis. 

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YNGBLKPGH. What does Pittsburgh mean to 140 young black professionals? 

YNGBLKPGH. What does Pittsburgh mean to 140 young black professionals?

PITTWIRE -   Pitt alum Brian Burley (BUS ’13G) continues to highlight young black leaders and create community ties through his www.YngBlkPgh.com site. This social enterprise started with his book “YNGBLKPGH” (Young Black Pittsburgh) which features more than 140 African-American professionals und... (07/23/2018)
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BCHS alum Chelsea Pallatino wins faculty development award supporting work on intimate partner violence & substance use 

BCHS alum Chelsea Pallatino wins faculty development award supporting work on intimate partner violence & substance use

PITTWIRE - Doctoral alumna CHELSEA PALLATINO (BCHS ’17) has been awarded the Steven D. Manners Faculty Development Award by the University Center for Social and Urban Research to support her pilot research project entitled “Co-occurring Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use: Understanding B... (07/19/2018)
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Innovation Institute recognized at Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education 

Innovation Institute recognized at Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

PITTWIRE - The University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute was recognized for its commitment to building programs that accelerate innovations from the laboratory and research into commercialization at the recent Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education. Alumni EVA... (07/02/2018)


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Buchanich Finds 70K Opioid-Related Deaths Likely Went Unreported 

Buchanich Finds 70K Opioid-Related Deaths Likely Went Unreported

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Several states are likely dramatically underestimating the effect of opioid-related deaths because of incomplete death certificate reporting, with Pennsylvania leading the pack, according to a new analysis by Pitt Public Health. “Proper allocation of resources for the opioid e... (07/19/2018)
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Pittsburgh finds overdose risk quintuples with opioid and Benzodiazepine use 

Pittsburgh finds overdose risk quintuples with opioid and Benzodiazepine use

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - In the first 90 days of concurrent opioid and benzodiazepine use, the risk of opioid-related overdose increases five-fold compared to opioid-only use among Medicare recipients. "Having multiple prescribers who are not in communication increases the risk for overdose,” says HPM... (07/02/2018)
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Pitt Public Health finds ‘good cholesterol’ may not always be good for postmenopausal women 

Pitt Public Health finds ‘good cholesterol’ may not always be good for postmenopausal women

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Postmenopausal factors may have an impact on the heart-protective qualities of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) – also known as ‘good cholesterol.' “The results of our study are particularly interesting to both the public and clinicians because total HDL cholesterol is still us... (06/25/2018)
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