UI joins CDC-funded center focused on insect-borne diseases

The University of Iowa is among a group of Midwestern universities taking part in a new regional center focused on improving the understanding of and public health response to diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. Christine Petersen, DVM, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa, will lead the UI’s involvement. Published February 17, 2017

Peek-Asa part of ‘Resilience Over Trauma’ panel

Corinne Peek-Asa, CPH professor of occupational and environmental health, will take part in a WorldCanvass discussion on adverse childhood experiences and the negative physical and mental health consequences children and adults with these experiences may face. The free event is Monday, Feb. 20, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Voxman Music Building.  Published February 16, 2017

Student Alexa Nguyen featured in story on JD/MHA program

The JD/MHA joint degree program allows students like Alexa Nguyen to specialize in another field while earning their JD. “I think completing the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program will help me have a better understanding my client’s perspective, the hospital’s perspective, what holes exist in the health care system, and where I can help as an advocate once I enter the field,” she says. Alums Clint Hugie and Monica Wallace also offer their perspectives on the benefits of a joint degree. Published February 15, 2017

Catch up with IIPHRP news

Check out the latest newsletter from the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP) based in the College of Public Health. Read about the INVEST Health initiative, upcoming Executives-in-Residence, a new public health data needs assessment, and more. Published February 15, 2017

UI study suggests youth flag football may not be safer than tackle

University of Iowa researchers report that the results of a study of injury rates in youth football leagues did not show flag football to be safer than tackle football. The research team included Joe Cavanaugh, professor of biostatistics, and Benjamin Reidle, a PhD student in biostatistics. (Iowa Now) Published February 15, 2017

Carmichael to speak about ‘The Global Reach of Air Pollution’

Gregory Carmichael, Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, will deliver the 34th annual UI Presidential Lecture “What Goes Around, Comes Around: The Global Reach of Air Pollution.” The lecture takes place Sunday, Feb. 19, at 3:30 p.m. in the Levitt Center for University Advancement Fourth Floor Assembly Hall and is free and open to the public. Published February 14, 2017

Global health speaker to discuss links between ag, nutrition

Heather Danton, director of food security and nutrition with Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING), will speak on "Strengthening Linkages between Agriculture and Nutrition" on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in C217 CPHB. Lunch is provided; please RSVP in advance. Published February 14, 2017

Thorne helps separate climate change facts from fiction

Peter Thorne, CPH professor and head of occupational and environmental health and chairman of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board, recently sat down to discuss some of the key arguments swirling around climate change. (Little Village) Published February 14, 2017

Chrischilles to head Department of Epidemiology starting July 1

Professor Elizabeth Chrischilles has been named the head of the University of Iowa Department of Epidemiology. Her appointment begins July 1, 2017. Chrischilles is professor of epidemiology and the Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz Chair in Public Health. She also directs the Health Effectiveness Research Center and is associate director both for population sciences in the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and for biomedical informatics in the UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. Published February 13, 2017

Biostat’s CHAMP study cited as one of “Best Advances of 2016”

The College of Public Health’s Clinical Trials Statistical and Data Management Center (CTSDMC) contributed to a 2016 children’s migraine study that was recently selected by editors at the American Academy of Neurology as one of the most important advances of the year. The CHAMP study, co-authored by biostatistics professor and CTSDMC director Christopher Coffey, found that prescribed medications are no more effective than a placebo when used to prevent migraines in children and teens. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Published February 10, 2017


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