Epidemiology News

Ryckman receives Carver Trust Associate Professor Advancement Award

Congratulations to Kelli Ryckman, associate professor of epidemiology, for receiving the Roy J. Carver Trust Associate Professor Advancement Award.  Published April 8, 2021

Petersen discusses COVID work

Christine Petersen, professor of epidemiology, has been busy in the past year speaking with many different outlets about topics related to the pandemic and it's effects on vaccine development, the flu season and the future of infectious diseases. Published April 7, 2021

Women in male-dominated fields detail their journeys to success

The Daily Iowan interviewed women in public health, engineering, medical professions, and in religious leadership to detail the challenges and successes they’ve had throughout their careers as women paving the way for more women to enter the fields. Linda Snetselaar, CPH professor and chair of preventive nutrition education, was one of the women profiled.  Published April 1, 2021

Researchers studying effects of COVID-19 in Latino communities

UI students Crystal Garcia, a PhD student in epidemiology, and Miriam Velez-Bermudez, a PhD student in health psychology, are studying the long-term effects of COVID-19 on Latinos in Iowa. They have sent surveys to Latino households throughout the state. (Iowa Public Radio) Published March 24, 2021

Report shows racial disparities in Iowa’s health care system

A recent report released by the Iowa Cancer Registry highlighted racial disparities in Iowa's health care system. Mary Charlton, director of the registry, said while the report provides valuable insight, there are still many unanswered questions in addressing why racial disparities in cancer patients exist. (Daily Iowan) Published March 24, 2021

State Health Registry of Iowa issues Cancer in Iowa 2021 report, highlights racial disparities

African Americans in Iowa are getting cancer and dying from it at higher rates than any other group in the state. According to the 2021 Cancer in Iowa report issued by the State Health Registry of Iowa, the age-adjusted cancer mortality rate for Black people in Iowa is more than 25% greater than it is for white people. Published March 10, 2021

Study links plant protein intake to lower risk of deaths from cardiovascular disease, dementia

Postmenopausal women who ate high levels of plant protein had lower risks of premature death, cardiovascular disease death, and dementia-related death compared with women who ate less plant protein, according to new research from University of Iowa College of Public Health investigators. Published February 24, 2021

Petersen discusses vaccines, epidemiology, and the pandemic

Christine Petersen, professor of epidemiology, recently discussed how the experience of vaccine development will shape vaccine science beyond the pandemic, and how the pandemic is influencing scientific study of infectious diseases. (MPR News) Published February 18, 2021

In Memoriam: Elaine M. Smith

It is with sadness and sorrow that we let you know that Elaine M. Smith, PhD, MBA, professor emerita of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health, passed away peacefully in Chapel Hill, NC, at the age of 75 on Jan. 21, 2021. Published February 12, 2021

Petersen comments on Iowans’ COVID behavior

Contrary to experts' predictions, Iowa didn't see a huge post-holiday spike in COVID-19 cases. One reason could be that Iowans changed their behavior in the nick of time. "It means people listened to the prevention messages!” says Christine Petersen, director of the UI Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases. (The Atlantic) Published February 11, 2021