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2017 Evelyn H Wei Scholarship Winners

The award is based on contribution to public health, with emphasis on scholarship, leadership, and service. The 2017 winners are: ANDREW KROEMER, CHANTELE MITCHELL-MILAND, JENNA NELSON, ASHLEY SIER, BAIYAND SUN, and EMILY WASSON.   

2017 Evelyn H Wei Memorial Travel Scholarship recipients

Open to EPI students in good academic standing seeking travel funding to attend approved scientific meetings or events. 2017 winners are: KATHLEEN CREPPAGE, CHRISTINA CALAVARO, HSIN-HUI HUANG, HEMANT MAHAJAN, MEGAN MARRON, and SHARON WELBURN. Congratulations!   

Gellad on Trump’s pick to lead Department of Health and Human Services

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BLOOMBERG - Azar “is not the pick you would expect from someone who is going around calling the pharmaceutical industry a bunch of murderers,” HPM’s WALID GELLAD, who heads Pitt’s Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, said in a phone interview, referring to Trump’s “Getting away with murder” comment about the industry. 

Castle on when senior-care roommates are the abusers

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STAR TRIBUNE - “It sounds awful to say this, but it’s probably going to take a senator’s mother or father to be involved in an incident like this for policymakers to wake up and take notice,” says HPM’s NICHOLAS CASTLE. “Not a lot of folks realize that the biggest threat to your loved one’s safety…could be sleeping in the room next door.” 

Baumann documentary focuses on hygiene and menstruation for homeless women

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POST-GAZETTE - BCHS student SARAH BAUMANN’s first installment of her documentary series, “Cycle Series,” focuses on how homeless women deal with menstruation needs while on the streets. Costs, logistical issues and mental health issues are often unaddressed. “This is something that happens every month for 40 years of their lives. There’s no reason we should not be talking about this.” 

Jarlenski finds Medicaid expansion linked to smoking cessation

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UPI - “Smoking cessation is notoriously difficult to achieve,” said senior author MARIAN JARLENSKI, HPM. “The sizable increase we found in smoking cessation might lead to significant reductions in death and diseases caused by smoking, and the taxpayer-funded health care expenditures that come with treating them.” Results were published in the December issue of the journal Medical Care . 

Pittsburgh: Best place to retire

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CNBC - Most of our students aren’t thinking about retirement, but the reasons Pittsburgh is a great place to live and study also make it the top city for retirement. Come visit...and stay! 

Gellad: A unique voice in the drug pricing debate

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GENETIC ENGINEERING & BIOTECHNOLOGY NEWS - Health Policy and Management’s WALID GELLAD is a policy researcher, primary care physician, director of Pitt’s Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, music composer(!), and all-around truth-seeker. His broad expertise has made him a go-to resource on the latest health issues. 

University of Pittsburgh architects a versatile HPC system to facilitate breakthrough research

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SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING - With the assistance of Pitt’s high-performance computing (HPC) system, EPI’s ASHLEY NAIMI conducts a randomized trial of 1,200 volunteers to determine if a small, daily dose of aspirin may help women to more easily achieve pregnancy and to carry a baby to term. “Our data-intensive research relies on machine learning algorithms to interpret the data we collect.... With the new processors in place, we can obtain meaningful in... 

Van Nostrand presents big data resources at APHA

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Although studies show that using information technology to analyze big health datasets and guide public health decisions can improve health equity, most community health center staff report receiving little to no training in health informatics. At the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2017 annual meeting, HPM’s ELIZABETH (BJERKE) VAN NOSTRAND shared four free, open-access public health informatics tools to aid public health workers prepar... 

Alumna Shirlene Tolbert-Moten appointed medical director in NJ

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CAPE MAY COUNTY HERALD — SHIRLENE TOLBERT MOTEN, MD, MPH ('93), has been appointed  medical  director for outpatient physician practice at Cape Regional Physicians Associates, a medical group of primary care physicians and specialists serving 13 locations in southern New Jersey. Dr. Moten earned her MPH from the Graduate School of Public Health and her medical degree from New Jersey Medical School.   

Jalal forecast: No end in sight to rising overdose deaths

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GO ERIE - The ultimate goal of the research, says PHDL's HAWRE JALAL, is to be able to recommend solutions to communities — such as making treatment more available or distributing naloxone, an opioid-overdose reversal drug — based on localized data. 

Mailliard presents research on improving HIV “kick and kill” strategies to IAS Conference on HIV Science in Paris (Video)

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YOUTUBE - IDM's Mailliard presents his research on “kick and kill” strategies at the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science, the world's largest open scientific conference on HIV and AIDS-related issues. The work demonstrates that naïve T cells have the ability to effectively target the HIV-1 reservoir, highlighting the importance of directing HIV-1 curative strategies towards the induction of de novo rather than memory HIV-1-specific CTL responses.  

Gellad thinks there's reason that Medicaid can't get VA drug pricing

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NPR - “You can't get the VA prices if you don’t do VA things,” said HPM’s WALID GELLAD, co-director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh. “To just say, ‘We’re not going to pay more than the VA’ is difficult.” But those are nuances that are tough to explain in a radio spot or on a mailed flyer. 

Breast cancer is serious. Pink is not.

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NEW YORK TIMES - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I have breast cancer...Pink is not a serious color, though cancer is a very serious disease. 

Mair Facing overdoses, neighborhoods not giving up

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - “The fact that they are recognizing the challenge before them, coming together and collaborating to solve this problem, is hopeful,” said KAREN HACKER, HPM faculty and Allegheny County Health Department director. “It’s a very clear signal that’s emerging” from data on drug use, said CHRISTINA MAIR, BCHS associate professor. She has pored over hospitalization data statewide and, along with colleague JESSICA BURKE, probed ... 

Parker on whether genome sequencing should be part of a normal health screening?

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MIMS TODAY - “Treatability may not be the only consideration people have regarding such information,” says LISA PARKER, a HUGEN researcher who directs Pitt’s Centre for Bioethics and Health Law. 

Salcido's Pulse Point app alerts citizens to cardiac arrent patients in need (video)

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CBS PITTSBURGH - Alumnus DAVID SALCIDO (EPI ’08), resuscitation specialist and assistant professor in Pitt’s Department of Emergency Medicine, is hoping his app can help save lives in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The free app, called Pulse Point, is connected to the Allegheny County 911 system, so that those who know CPR to get to those in need before paramedics arrive. Listen to the interview and learn more about the app. 

Stall's research helps to "Kick ASS"

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SAN FRANCISCO BAY TIMES - The reality of AIDS Survivor Syndrome (ASS) is now being confirmed by empirical research. On November 3, 2017, BCHS Associate Chair for Science RON STALL presented his findings on the subject in San Francisco at a provider and community town hall entitled “Research on the AIDS Survivor Syndrome: New Data from The Multi-Center AIDS Cohort Study and Voices of Survivors Themselves.” 

Burke on Riding OD Road

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POST-GAZETTE - The country, state, and county are seeing an exponential spike in drug deaths, and it may have roots in economics and attitudes, says DONALD S. BURKE, Pitt Public Health dean. “The price of heroin as a drug has fallen about fivefold” in recent decades. And fentanyl is cheaper to produce than heroin.” He adds that studies suggest that “lack of sense of purpose” in a community is also tied to overdoses. 

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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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