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Dean Burke shares January letter regarding the Thomas Parran legacy

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Dean Donald Burke shares his recent letter to the chancellor's office asking for an official University review of the naming of Parran Hall, "I write to request that the Office of Diversity and Inclusion form a review committee to consider whether the name "Parran Hall" is consistent with the University's mission to create a diverse and inclusive environment. Concerns have been raised both locally and nationally about Thomas Parran's legacy."  


Weinberg and team identify new genes responsible for facial features

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GEN NEWS – Scientists say they have identified fifteen genes that determine our facial features. HUGEN’s SETH WEINBERG describes the process before he and his team took on a new approach. “We're basically looking for needles in a haystack… This [approach] has already led to the identification of a number of genes but, of course, the results are limited because only a small set of features are selected and tested."  

Bowling presents paper at Chemical & Biological Defense Science & Technology Conference

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JENNIFER BOWLING (IDM '21) attended the Chemical & Biological Defense Science & Technology Conference to present her paper on “Influence of Sex on Protection Conferred by Vaccination with Attenuated Strains of Francisella tularensis in the Rabbit Model.”  

Lindsey featured on podcast "Black Boys and Men: Changing the narrative"

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MCSILVER INSTITUTE – This podcast series brings together thought leaders from the public and private sectors to analyze stereotypes and dispel myths concerning Black boys and men, while providing facts and best practices for those working with these often marginalized populations. MIKE LINDSEY (HPM ’01) says, “with increased media and attention, more folks are attuned to racial issues and the long lasting impact of discrimination.” 

Arena awarded emeritus status

VINCENT ARENA was awarded emeritus status after retiring from the Department of Biostatistics as associate professor. He was on the faculty for 31 years. His primary research focuses on the understanding of the epidemiology and etiology of juvenile onset diabetes, the evaluation of health risk effects from outdoor air pollution, and the characterization of lifestyle risk factors and their effect on physical activity levels.  

Miller to present webinar on using brief interventions to prevent teen dating violence

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HSTODAY - NIJ and the Federal Interagency Workgroup on Teen Dating Violence are hosting a moderated webinar on Monday, February 26, at 1:00 PM to discuss interventions to reduce TDV across multiple settings with potentially high-risk populations, including within adolescent health care settings. BCHS’ LIZ MILLER will talk about universal screening, warm transfers, and reasons patients do not seek or accept assistance.   

Roberts says value-based payments must address patient mix

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MEDPAGE TODAY - A recent study by HPM's ERIC ROBERTS showed that Medicare's Value-based Payment Modifier program inadvertently shifted money away from physicians who treated sicker, poorer patients to pay for bonuses that rewarded practices treating richer, healthier populations. "Risk adjustment is usually inadequate in these programs, in part, because it is difficult to measure the differences in complexity of patients across providers."  

Grant named department's student representative

IDM's NICOLE GRANT has been nominated to serve as the student representative for the department. Grant will attend faculty meetings to provide a student perspective and bring student concerns to the table. Congratulations, Nicole!   

Malinauskas attends Oxford Nanopore Technologies Community Meeting

"The [meeting] was a tremendous opportunity for me to network and learn from other scientists in my field," said IDM's JENNA MALINAUSKAS. "I learned tips and tricks to sequencing during the hands on training portion, what resources are available to me as a researcher, and how to improve my science. The opportunity to become more involved in the scientific community will benefit me throughout my career and I'm excited to attend more conferences i... 

Living in Pittsburgh is easy on the wallet

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PITTSBURGH TODAY - Southwestern Pennsylvania remains more affordable overall than the average U.S. region, scoring particularly well in the areas of housing and health care.   

Dean Burke included on expert panel on opioid epidemic

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NEW YORK TIMES - Among 30 experts who were recently asked to think big, but realistically, about solutions to the nation's opioid crisis, Dean DONALD BURKE emphasized community development and preventing addiction by reducing demand. "A good start would be to systematically link long-term data from treatment providers to death records to generate long-term outcomes of different types of treatments."   

Widespread virus replication in alveoli drives acute respiratory distress syndrome in aerosolized H5N1 influenza infection of macaques

JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY - Wonderlich, Swan, Bissel, Hartman, Carney, O'Malley, Obadan, Santos, Walker, Sturgeon, Frye, Maiello, Scanga, Bowling, Duangkhae, Wiley, Flynn, Wang, Cole, Reed, Barratt-Boyes establish a new nonhuman primate disease model for evaluation of vaccine and therapeutic approaches to prevent and treat infection with highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses.   

One Book, One Community: an interdisciplinary cancer collaboration

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Faculty, students, and staff are paying particularly close attention to cancer and working to enhance interdisciplinary collaborations to fight the disease. Each of Pitt Public Health's seven departments employs its own critical lens for exploring how to prevent disease and promote population health.   

Albert and Agimi find in-person license renewal, not physician reporting, associated with fewer crash hospitalizations among drivers with dementia

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Health data scientist Yll Agimi, and BCHS’s Steven Albert interprets interesting link, or lack thereof, between mandated licensing procedures and motor vehicle accidents by those afflicted with dementia. “Laws requiring physicians to report dementia patients to licensing authorities not necessarily mean fewer hospitalizations.”  

Analyzing street drugs an early warning system in opioid crisis

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Findings published in the journal Public Health Reports suggest that real-time information about stamp bags can be used to supplement current public health surveillance measures and could serve as an early warning of new illegal drugs of high lethality available at the local level. It is the first robust and detailed public health report of a stamp bag surveillance system.  

Lee discovers breast cancer mutation

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“We think we now have tools to measure changes to tumors that have become resistant to therapy,” says HUGEN’s ADRIAN LEE, who identified a new genetic change in the estrogen receptor that hinders treatment of breast cancer in some patients, uncovering new clues for potential improved treatments for breast cancer patients.  

Thurston study reveals sexual harassment can make victims physically sick

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THE WASHINGTON POST - “People need to understand that trauma is not just something that happens in the mind,” said EPI's REBECCA THURSTON, who has spent the past four years studying women who have suffered sexual abuse and harassment. Over time, she discovered, sexual harassment can work like a poison, stiffening women’s blood vessels, worsening blood flow, and harming the inner lining of their hearts.   

Pittsburgh praised as “already a decade ahead” by Mayor

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CITY LAB - “Universities are key drivers of the knowledge economy. And I know firsthand that Pittsburgh has great ones. Could the city have turned around without these institutions?” There is no question that what sets Pittsburgh apart from our Rust Belt brothers and sisters is the fact so much investment has come out of our “eds and meds” [educational and medical institutions]."   

Novel assay reveals a large inducible replication competent HIV-1 reservoir in resting CD4+ T cells

NATURE MEDICINE - Gupta, Sanyal, Ratner, Ding, Zerbato, Giacobbi, Venkatachari, Patterson, Chargin, Chen, Mailliard, Rinaldo, and Sluis-Cremer found that the size of the inducible latent HIV-1 reservoir in aviremic subjects on ART is approximately 70-fold larger than previous estimates.   

156 things to do in Pittsburgh to stay busy every month of the year

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DISCOVER THE BURGH - There is so much going on in and around Pittsburgh's 90 neighborhoods. Discover the Burgh has covered quite a bit - with no end in sight!  

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Coming of Age Ceremony brings Japanese tradition, Pittsburgh community together 

Coming of Age Ceremony brings Japanese tradition, Pittsburgh community together

PITT WIRE - While learning English at Pitt, 25 Japanese students missed out on the annual Coming of Age Ceremony, a national holiday in Japan. The Asian Studies Center threw them a party. “So many people support me here in Pittsburgh,” said Nanami Moriyasu, a Yasuda student majoring in English lite... (02/07/2018)
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Thurston finds link between traumatic events and future heart disease risk in women 

Thurston finds link between traumatic events and future heart disease risk in women

PITT WIRE - When we consider the determinants of women’s cardiovascular health, we need to think beyond biology alone,” said epidemiologist Rebecca Thurston. She recently led a study that demonstrates how traumatic experiences in life are linked to later vascular health issues that place women at ri... (12/12/2017)
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Large Pitt-led study uncovers complex genetics behind earlobe attachment 

Large Pitt-led study uncovers complex genetics behind earlobe attachment

PITTWIRE - New research led by Pitt Public Health affiliates and published in the  American Journal of Human Genetics  reveals that an interplay of at least 49 genes contributes to earlobe attachment inheritance. “Sometimes the genetics of a fairly simple trait are actually quite complex,” said ... (12/06/2017)
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