We certainly have a lot of certified multitaskers amongst our faculty here at Pitt Public Health, and Dr. Anne Newman is no exception. While she didn’t become a cake decorator as she thought in childhood, she is the chair of the Department of Epidemiology and works with several organizations outside of Pitt, including serving as the editor in chief of the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Science. “I’m excited to take a fresh look at the world post-COVID. It feels more than most years like a new beginning,” Dr. Newman said about the upcoming academic year.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A cake decorator.
Q: What's the most interesting place you've ever visited?
A: There are many, but I would say the rural villages of Andhra Pradesh.
Q: What was your “go to” recipe/meal over the last year?
A: I spent a lot of time working on improving my sourdough bread.
Q: What’s the best book you’ve read over the last two years?
A: I have been the editor of a journal, Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, so no time to read anything else. It’s a great journal!
Q: What excites you the most about the new academic year?
A: Taking a fresh look at the world post-COVID. It feels more than most years like a new beginning.
Q: What are some career highlights you would want new students to know about?
A: Highlights include:
- Working on several collaborative multicenter studies such as the Cardiovascular Health Study, the Health ABC study, the LIFE Study, the Long Life Family Study and the SOMMA Study. I had no idea at the start that they would continue to address new questions for over 30 years. Currently we are using the biorepositories to do multi-omics studies, not possible in years past. There have been many exciting and important observations and discoveries from these studies, each of which is a highlight.
- Establishing an aging research project in India. Dr. Cauley and I traveled together with Dr. PS Reddy to establish the MILES study and have had several students complete their degrees on aspects of aging in rural Andhra Pradesh.
- Developing the Epidemiology of Aging Program at Pitt which includes an NIH training grant supporting several students and post-docs.
Q: What school/department accomplishment or milestone are you most proud of?
A: The success of faculty in Epidemiology in obtaining career development award grants
Q: What's your favorite mantra/saying/motto/quote?
A: None come to mind at the moment.
Anne B. Newman
Department Chair, Epidemiology
Katherine M. Detre Endowed Chair, Population Health Sciences
Director, Center for Aging and Population Health
Distinguished Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Medicine, and Clinical and Translational Science
Clinical Director, Aging Institute of UPMC and Pitt