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Pitt, UPMC Receive Awards to Create Clinical Data Research Network, Conduct Comparative Effectiveness Research

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and UPMC and their collaborators at other academic centers have received three new awards from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to establish a new clinical data network to facilitate evaluation of the outcomes of health interventions; compare two approaches to encourage communication between patients with mental illness and the health professionals ... 

Kiplinger’s Again Ranks Pitt the Best Value in Public Higher Education in Pennsylvania

For the ninth year in a row, the University of Pittsburgh ranks as the top value among all public colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. The 2014 nationwide ranking of four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value will be published in the February 2014 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, available Dec. 31 on newsstands.   

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Pitt Unlocks Trove of Public Health Data to Help Fight Deadly Contagious Diseases

In an unprecedented windfall for public access to health data, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers have collected and digitized all weekly surveillance reports for reportable diseases in the United States going back more than 125 years.  

Pittsburgh Region Cancer Risk Is Among Highest In The Nation


Pittsburgh scientist awarded American Heart Association prize for leadership of worldwide effort to clarify CVD risk in populations

The American Heart Association has awarded its 2013 Population Research Prize to Lewis H. Kuller, M.D., Dr.P.H., of Pittsburgh, “for 40 years of inspired leadership of a worldwide effort to better understand and prevent heart disease and stroke in populations.”  

NIH Grant Funds Multicenter Study of Mysterious Trauma-Induced Hemorrhaging

Stephen Wisniewski, Ph.D., senior associate dean and co-director of the Epidemiology Data Center at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, will coordinate a new, multicenter, multidisciplinary effort – supported by a five-year, $23.8 million National Institutes of Health(NIH) grant – to study a deadly bleeding syndrome called coagulopathy, which occurs without warning in some trauma patients.  

Pitt Public Health Analysis Challenges Assumptions About Bisexual Men and HIV Transmission

The number of HIV positive men who have sex with both men and women is likely no higher than the number of HIV positive heterosexual men, according to a U.S.-based analysis by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers. The finding challenges a popular assumption that bisexual men are responsible for significant HIV transmission to their female partners.  

Considerable Gender, Racial and Sexuality Differences Exist in Attitudes Toward Bisexuality

Men who identify themselves as heterosexual are three times more likely to categorize bisexuality as "not a legitimate sexual orientation," an attitude that can encourage negative health outcomes in people who identify as bisexual, according to an analysis led by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researcher Mackey Friedman, Ph.D., M.P.H.  

Weighing In: Three Years Post-Op Bariatric Surgery Patients See Big Benefits, Pitt Study Says

For millions of Americans struggling with obesity and considering surgical procedures to achieve weight loss and alleviate obesity-related health complications, a new study adds weight to the health benefits attributed to bariatric surgery.  

Pitt Public Health Professor Receives National Faculty Award

Margaret Potter, J.D., M.S., professor of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, yesterday was awarded a 2013 Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)/Pfizer Faculty Award at the ASPPH Annual Meeting.  

Women Report Better Sexual Health after Weight-Loss Surgery, Researchers Find

Researchers measuring the changes in sexual function and sex hormone levels in women following bariatric surgery have found that, on average, women reported significant improvements in overall sexual functioning and satisfaction.  

Low Vitamin D Levels During Pregnancy Associated with Preterm Birth in Non-White Mothers

African-American and Puerto Rican women who have low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy are more likely to go into labor early and give birth to preterm babies, research led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health reveals.  

Pitt Public Health Findings Suggest Improved Way to Determine Heart Disease Risk in Type 1 Diabetes

Physicians caring for people with type 1 diabetes might be better able to determine their patients’ chances of developing heart disease if they include their levels of protective antioxidants in the assessment, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.  

Dynamic Simulation of Crime Perpetration and Reporting to Examine Community Intervention Strategies

BCHS faculty member, Dr. Jessica Burke, co-authored a paper, entitled “Dynamic Simulation of Crime Perpetration and Reporting to Examine Community Intervention Strategies” which uses conceptual agent based modeling to explore the impact of neighborhood interventions on community crime.   

Hardening of Arteries in Elderly Adults Linked to Plaques in Brain, Pitt Study Finds

Older adults with hardening of the arteries are more likely to have beta-amyloid plaques in their brain even if they have no signs of dementia, according to a University of Pittsburgh study published online today in the journal Neurology.   

Pitt Public Health Study Finds Nearly a Third of Pittsburgh Homicides Might Have Been Prevented


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Singh honored with achievement award for tackling global health problems 

Singh honored with achievement award for tackling global health problems

PITTWIRE - Research duo Tushar Singh (EPI '14) and Pitt Medicine's P. S. Reddy accepted the 2018 Sheth International Achievement Award, which is given every year to a Pitt faculty member and alumnus who are increasing Pitt’s global footprint with their work. Singh referred to EPI's Anne Newman as a... (11/26/2018)

Pitt Community Gathers to Grieve, Heal, and Serve in Honor of Tree of Life Synagogue 

Pitt Community Gathers to Grieve, Heal, and Serve in Honor of Tree of Life Synagogue

PITT WIRE - Drawing strength and inspiration from each other, thousands congregated at the Cathedral of Learning to honor those killed on October 27 in Squirrel Hill.  (11/06/2018)

Cauley wins prestigious service award 

Cauley wins prestigious service award

PITT WIRE - The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research has awarded JANE CAULEY, vice-chair of EPI, with the 2018 Shirley Hohl Service Award. Cauley received the award after volunteering for numerous positions and projects with the society.  (11/01/2018)

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Pittsburgh analysis: recommendations to reduce recidivism in Allegheny County transgender women 

Pittsburgh analysis: recommendations to reduce recidivism in Allegheny County transgender women

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - As part of her master’s thesis work, Stephanie Creasy (BCHS '17) performed a mixed-methods analysis that involved in-depth interviews with transgender women living in Allegheny County who had been previously incarcerated for nonviolent crimes, coupled with geospatial mapping o... (11/30/2018)

Dean Burke honored with 2018 John Snow Award at APHA Annual Meeting 

Dean Burke honored with 2018 John Snow Award at APHA Annual Meeting

Named in honor of English physician John Snow (1813-1858), considered one of the founders of modern epidemiology, this annual award recognizes outstanding scientists for enduring contributions to public health through epidemiologic methods and practice. Burke said, "I find great personal satisfacti... (11/12/2018)

Voting is Public Health 

Voting is Public Health

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - You have the power to choose who represents you in the government. Who you vote for on Tuesday can affect your health care and your ability to change policy on issues such as the right to carry firearms, LGBTQ rights, welfare programs. The list is endless.  (11/02/2018)
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