Epidemiology News

University of Iowa researchers receive funding to study targeted cancer therapies

Faculty from the Greater Plains Collaborative Iowa Research Center, located in the UI Department of Epidemiology's Health Effectiveness Research Center in collaboration with the UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science Biomedical Informatics Core, have received funding from PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, to perform rapid-cycle research on cancer molecular targeted therapies. The UI will receive $235,000 of the total $1 million award for this nine-site collaborative study. Published September 21, 2017

Registration for Iowa One Health Conference closes Oct. 1

Register now for the 2nd Annual Iowa One Health Conference to be held Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at the UI College of Public Health Building. Learn about the One Health concept with students and professionals who work locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, domestic animals, wildlife, plants, and our environment. Registration is $15 and includes full admission and food!  Published September 13, 2017

Six genes linked with preterm births

Researchers have found mutations in six genes that affect whether a woman is likely to have a preterm baby. The findings could lead to ways to test women and perhaps intervene to help keep the developing baby safe in the mother's womb for as long as possible, the researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. The research team included Kelli Ryckman, CPH associate professor of epidemiology. (NBC News) Published September 7, 2017

Hsu-Li Distinguished Lectureship in International Epidemiology is Sept. 14

Dr. Xihong Lin will present the 2017 Hsu-Li Distinguished Lectureship in International Epidemiology on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 11:30 a.m. in the Ellig Classroom (N120 CPHB). All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.  Published September 6, 2017

Video: CPH students start academic year with service projects

At its core, public health is about working together to create a healthier world. Each fall semester, our students have the opportunity get out of the classroom and put that ethos to work by volunteering with community organizations for a day of service. Published September 5, 2017

Slideshow: Petersen travels to India to research visceral leishmaniasis

In July 2017, Christy Petersen, CPH associate professor of epidemiology, traveled to Bihar, India, to conduct research on visceral leishmaniasis. She recently shared photos and details of her trip. Published August 24, 2017

Energy dense foods may increase cancer risk in healthy weight women

A recent study found that a diet high in energy dense foods, such as cookies, chocolate, and pizza, may increase the risk of certain cancers in postmenopausal women, specifically in those of a healthy weight. This suggests that having a healthy weight does not necessarily protect against cancer risk. The research team included Linda Snetselaar, CPH professor of epidemiology. (NHS Choices) Published August 23, 2017

Pentella weighs in on ways to avoid germs

Airplanes, laundry, hand sanitizer -- read about ways disease experts, including Michael Pentella, CPH clinical professor of epidemiology, avoid picking up and spreading germs. (Reader's Digest) Published August 8, 2017

Students honored by NAACCR

Two students from the University of Iowa -- Amanda Kahl, an MPH student in epidemiology, and Kristin Weeks, a student in the Medical Scientist Training Program -- received awards from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) at the organization’s annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Published August 2, 2017

Alum joins pulmonology and critical care medicine team

J. David Cowden has joined the pulmonology and critical care medicine team that will be caring for patients when UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont, Colorado, opens later this summer. Cowden earned a medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a master's degree in epidemiology in 1999 from the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Published July 12, 2017


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