Epidemiology News

Free registration for students attending Iowa Rural Health Association conference

Sponsorship support from the College of Public Health will allow up to 20 students to register at no cost to attend the 2023 Iowa Rural Health Association annual conference. The one-day, in-person conference will take place Oct. 18. Published September 26, 2023

Q&A: Student Ragan Martin’s internship resulted in infectious disease resource for childcare centers

Ragan Martin, a CPH undergrad to grad student, discusses how she completed an internship with Johnson County Public Health and developed a new infectious diseases guide for childcare centers. Published September 20, 2023

Call for Research Week poster abstracts

Students, postdocs, faculty, and staff are invited to submit abstracts for the CPH Research Week poster session on Oct. 31. Multiple $250 prizes will be awarded! Submissions are due Oct. 19. Published September 20, 2023

Iowa research partnership developing a rapid, low-cost test for diarrheal diseases

University of Iowa researchers are partnering with GoDx, Inc. based in Madison, Wisconsin, to develop a low-cost test for rapidly identifying gut bugs that cause diarrheal disease and whether they are resistant to certain antibiotics. Knowing quickly which bug is causing a patient’s disease can help with prompt and appropriate treatment. Published September 11, 2023

Doctoral student recognized for leadership in injury and violence prevention

Victor Soupene (21MS, 21CER), PhD candidate in the Department of Epidemiology, recently received a 2023 Rising Star Award from the Safe States Alliance. This award recognizes the professional growth and leadership of students and newer professionals working in the field of injury and violence prevention. Published September 7, 2023

Pentella comments on expanded wastewater testing for viruses

The State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) is testing wastewater samples from about 25 different communities across the state of Iowa. Mike Pentella, clinical professor of epidemiology and director of the SHL, says the lab will test for influenza, RSV, and SARS in addition to COVID-19. (KCRG) Published September 7, 2023

PhD student Victor Soupene focuses on worker health and safety

Victor Soupene, a PhD candidate in epidemiology, recently discussed his research on why certain occupations are at higher risk for suicide, his summer internship with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC, and other opportunities he's had as a student. Published August 24, 2023

2023 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients

The University of Iowa College of Public Health is pleased to announce the recipients of the college’s 2023 Outstanding Alumni Awards: Carla Britton and Kelsey Feller. All are invited to attend the awards presentation and discussion with the recipients on Wednesday, Sept. 13.  Published August 23, 2023

New UI research examines evidence of rising youth mental health concerns

Adolescent mental health conditions are increasing in many countries worldwide, and that growth is occurring most markedly among girls, according to a new survey of research co-authored by Jonathan Platt, assistant professor of epidemiology. Published August 4, 2023

UI study shows opioid use increases bone fracture risk

A recent study from researchers at the University of Iowa College of Public Health suggests a link between opioid use and an increased risk of bone fractures in patients aged between 17 and 64 years. Published August 1, 2023