Epidemiology News

CPH joins study to help reduce falls among elderly Iowans

The UI College of Public Health and the Mercy Accountable Care Organization (ACO) are part of the nationwide STRIDE study, a five-year research project that seeks to reduce fall-related injuries among older adults. "Every year, about 30 percent of adults over age 65 suffer an injury from a fall, and about 30 percent of those result in injuries severe enough to lead to declines in health and loss of confidence," says Robert Wallace, CPH professor of epidemiology, who is leading the study. (Iowa Now) Published September 21, 2018

UI study reveals the current rates of diagnosed type 1 and type 2 diabetes in American adults

A new study from the University of Iowa finds that type 2 diabetes remains overwhelmingly the most common type of diabetes diagnosed in American adults who have the disease. Study lead author Wei Bao, assistant professor of epidemiology in the College of Public Health, says the results are important because it allows health care professionals and policy makers to better allocate resources to treat each type of the disease. The study was published this month in the British Medical Journal. (Multiple sources) Published September 18, 2018

Iowa Cancer Registry director Kathleen McKeen retires after 59 years

Iowa is a national leader in cancer surveillance, and Kathleen McKeen has been there nearly every step of the way. McKeen, 77, of Iowa City, retired Sept. 4 as director of the Iowa Cancer Registry after working nearly 60 years at the University of Iowa. She is the longest-serving professional and scientific employee at the UI. Published September 5, 2018

Lack of portable insurance adds health care burden to migrant workers

CPH Professor Charles Lynch and alumna Ashlee Johannes (16MS) are quoted in an article about migrant farm workers' lack of portable insurance. Migrant workers often under-report their illnesses and injuries, partially because of limited or no access to health insurance, said Johannes. (Des Moines Register) Published August 23, 2018

Petersen comments on dogs, tick exposure research

Recent research has connected human contact with dogs to increased contact with ticks by studying a niche population: people who work with hunting hounds. "You want to try to find the population that has the most exposure," said UI Associate Professor of Epidemiology Christine Petersen, the director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases. (Iowa Now) Published August 2, 2018

UI joins national institute to research bacteria resistant to antibiotics

The University of Iowa is partnering with Iowa State University in a new national institute that will address the global public health concern of antimicrobial resistance. Iowa State will be home to the new Institute for Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education, aimed at improving health for people, animals and the environment. The University of Iowa Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases -- housed in the College of Public Health -- is a part of the initiative. Christine Petersen, associate professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, will serve as a co-director of the new institute. Published August 2, 2018

Federal funding for research increases at the University of Iowa

The University of Iowa had another strong year for projects that will benefit Iowans, the country, and world thanks to an increase in federal funding for research and the number of proposals, grants, and contracts awarded in fiscal year 2018. The College of Public Health saw in increase in research dollars, up 15 percent or $5.8 million over last year, to $43.8 million in FY 18. (Iowa Now) Published July 19, 2018

Epidemiology seminar: When Healthy Aging Fails

Kathy Greenlee, JD, vice president of aging and health policy with the Center for Practical Bioethics, will present "When Healthy Aging Fails" on Tuesday, July 24, from 11 to 11:50 a.m. in Ellig Classroom (N120 CPHB). She will discuss the the purpose, function, and limitations of adult protective services in fighting elder abuse and explore opportunities for identifying risk factors for abuse with the goal of bringing a greater number of individuals and professionals into the prevention role. Published July 19, 2018

Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellowship information session is Sept. 19

Are you interested in investigating and illuminating global public health issues that are overlooked and unreported? Learn more about the 2019 summer reporting fellowship with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting at an information session on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in C217 CPHB. Published July 16, 2018

Attend the CPH Outstanding Alumni Awards presentation Sept. 10

CPH Outstanding Alumni Award recipients Adaeze Enekwechi (07PhD) and Margaret Chorazy (10PhD) will be honored at a special event and panel discussion on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Callaghan Auditorium (N110 CPHB). All are invited! Published July 13, 2018

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