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IDM's DELUCIA, RAVIKUMAR, and WOELL bring home 2017 Dean's Day departmental awards

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IDM awarded departmental prizes in the 2017 Dean's Day student research competition to DANA WOELL of the MPH-PEL program in the MPH category, PRANALI RAVIKUMAR in the MS category, and DIANA DELUCIA in the PhD category. 

Students honor Rohrer with standing ovation - and the Craig Teaching Award

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In a spontaneous and touching gesture, HPM students leapt up to honor WESLEY ROHRER with a standing ovation when he was called to the podium to accept the Craig Teaching Award at the 2017 Pitt Public Health Convocation on Sunday. Presented annually to a nominee selected by students and past honorees, this award for faculty excellence in teaching and mentoring was established by alumnus James L. Craig, MD, (MPH '63). Rohrer serves as the director ... 

IDM students and faculty participate in March for Science

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IDM students and faculty were among the thousands to participate in March for Science events held on April, 22, 2017 in Oakland (adjacent to the Pitt campus) and in Washington, DC. These nonpartisan event sought to celebrate the role that science plays in our everyday lives. 

Marques offers insignt as Zika season approaches

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TRIB LIVE - In the U.S., there have been 5,264 Zika cases reported, with the vast majority in travelers returning from affected areas in other countries, says ERNESTO MARQUES, associate professor with Pitt Public Health and scientific director of CURA ZIKA, an international alliance with counterparts in Brazil to help fundraising for research into the virus. Learn more about Cura Zika at www.publichealth.pitt.edu/curazika. 

Meet Amber Chaudry, MPH student in BCHS

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Amber Chaudry, an MPH student in Pitt's Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, shares some of her passion for a career in public health and how helping those around her is integral to her own vision of success.   

Meet Rosa De Ferrari of BCHS

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Rosa De Ferrari, an MPH student in Pitt's Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, describes her "viviencias" (life experiences) in Ecuador and Nicaragua. She soon realized that immigrants in this country long for the kinds of social support inherent to their native communities. As she continues her journey at Pitt Public Health, she most appreciates the ready accessibility of faculty and the variety of research areas she can choo... 

PHDL helps city prepare for severe air quality incidents using predictive analytics technology

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JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES - “In this scenario, we are using FRED to estimate the clinical impact of heat and smog on different demographics within our population,” said MARK ROBERTS, HPM chair and director of the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory (PHDL). “FRED allows us to pinpoint critical conditions and the effect of potential interventions to better educate response efforts. For example, we can use the model to predict how many ins... 

2017 Pitt Public Health Convocation

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Yesterday was filled with pomp and circumstance as eager graduates strode into the Carnegie Music Hall auditorium, led by convocation marshall, HUGEN's ROBIN GRUBS, to celebrate degrees completed. Addressing the crowd was Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. 

One city in Pennsylvania is poised to crush the 21st century… but it’s not Philadelphia. How Pittsburgh positioned itself as a tech and innovation power player.

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PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE -  As a brave new world of technologies like robotics, autonomous vehicles and genomics begins to take shape, Pittsburgh is one of a few scrappy, first-mover cities poised to lead it. Beyond the robots, rivers, and restaurants, Pittsburgh has community, livability and a distinct Portland-like attraction—except there are jobs and projects attracting companies like Google and Amazon and Uber. “You can either put up red ta... 

Marques looks for clues to Zika damage in twins

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NEW YORK TIMES - Determining why one twin becomes infected in the womb while the other does not may illuminate how Zika crosses the placenta, how it enters the brain, and whether any genetic mutations make a fetus more resistant or susceptible to Zika infection. Perhaps the virus entered through a weak spot in one placenta’s membrane, said ERNESTO MARQUES, an infectious disease expert at Pitt Public Health and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Recif... 

EOH's Goldstein and BCHS' Berry on the danger of lead poisoning

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POST-GAZETTE - In this article, EOH professor emeritus BERNARD GOLDSTEIN and BCHS student BELINDA BERRY tell us that increased funding for removing lead sources from both paint and water is needed. Unfunded mandates from politicians to do more with less will not help. Heightened surveillance of children, as requested by KAREN HACKER, HPM faculty and director of the Allegheny County Health Department, is of particular importance to better follow ... 

Younger, contributor to Salk's polio vaccine discoveries, dies at 96

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WTAE - In 1949, Julius S. Youngner was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh to assist Jonas Salk in developing an effective polio vaccine. Salk always credited his dedicated team as crucial to their virology studies and discoveries. "Julius Youngner once told a reporter that he intended to stay at the University of Pittsburgh for only a short time following his work on the Manhattan Project. But he soon fell in love with Pitt and the researc... 

Important news about vaccines for children, with EPI's van Panhuis

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CONSUMER REPORTS - Myth #2: It’s Safer to Space Out Kids' Vaccines. That's unwise, says EPI's WILBERT VAN PANHUIS. The CDC bases the schedule on disease risks and vaccine effectiveness at specific ages, and the way vaccines may interact with each other. “To start mixing this up is really complicated and actually can be dangerous,” he says—in part because putting vaccines off can leave kids vulnerable to infectious diseases. 

Gellad comments on the hype of cancer cure claims

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CNN - Hyping early scientific results based on lab tests or animal studies can attract investors that allow researchers to continue their work. "It's in the interest of almost every stakeholder in the health system to be optimistic about these therapies," said HPM's WALID GELLAD, co-director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Can FRED's predictive analytics help avert Pittsburgh's next disaster?

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GOVTECH - Officials are hoping the technology can tip them off to early warning signs of an event like the deadly smog that took 20 lives in nearby Donora more than a half-century ago. At a Pittsburgh emergency preparedness workshop in mid-April, Pitt Public Health showcased an online tool that uses public health data to simulate the spread of infection across populations within a specific geography. The system, FRED (short for a Framework for Re... 

Tishkoff delivers the 14th Annual C.C. Li Memorial Lecture

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On Friday, April 28, 2017, Sarah A. Tishkoff delivered the 14th annual C.C. Li Memorial Lecture with a talk titled "Evolution and Adaptation in Africa: Implications for Health and Disease." Tishkoff is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor in Genetics and Biology in the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. The event was also an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of graduating studen... 

Zimmerman and Nowalk suggest there may still be a place for the nasal flu vaccine

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CONTAGION LIVE - A research team including senior author RICHARD ZIMMERMAN, BCHS, and alumna MARY PATRICIA NOWALK (EPI '93), notes that despite its lower efficacy rates, eliminating the nasal influenza vaccine has resulted in a reduced overall rate of flu vaccine uptake in the United States. Thus, eliminating this form of vaccination may lead to more flu-related illnesses. The study finds that it would take only relatively small changes to tip th... 

Bodnar receives outstanding alumnus award from UNC Chapel Hill

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Vice-chair for research in the Department of Epidmiology, Lisa Bodnar is to receive the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The award will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, April 28, 2017. 

2017 IDM grad Noah Salama heading to Rochester for MD/PhD

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Congratulations to NOAH SALAMA (IDM '17) on his recent acceptance into University of Rochester's 8-year MD/PhD program. As a Pitt MS student, Salama worked with Dr. Amy Hartman on research into viral immune response. His thesis was entitled "Analysis of Peripheral Immune Responses for the Development of an NHP Animal Model for Encephalitic Alphaviruses EEEV, VEEV, and WEEV." 

MMPH alumna “Nellie” Jafari named Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow

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NILOFAR “Nellie” JAFARI (MMPH '16) has been named the ACCP-ASHSP-VCU Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow for 2017-18. Pharmacists selected for the position have the opportunity to gain real-world insight into health care policy analysis and development via immersion in the congressional environment. Fellows are actively mentored in legislative evaluation, policy development, research and writing while integrating practical experience with theo... 

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Online Service Aiming to Match Moms-to-Be With Doulas Wins Student Pitch Competition 

Online Service Aiming to Match Moms-to-Be With Doulas Wins Student Pitch Competition

PITTWIRE - Finding a suitable doula — a professional who gives physical and educational support before, during and after childbirth — can be difficult, said Pitt Graduate School of Public Health Student ALYSIA TUCKER of BCHS. Her prize-winning idea could make the process easier. (07/07/2017)
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Toward Curing HIV: Test Finds Hidden Virus 

Toward Curing HIV: Test Finds Hidden Virus

PITTWIRE - A team of Pitt scientists led by IDM's PHALGUNI GUPTA developed a test to detect "hidden" HIV that is faster, less labor-intensive and less expensive than the current "gold standard" test. (05/31/2017)
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