Epidemiology News

Pentella, Atchison honored with APHL Lifetime Achievement Awards

Michael Pentella and Christopher Atchison have been recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL). This award recognizes individuals who have established a history of distinguished service to APHL, made significant contributions to the advancement of public health laboratory science or practice, exhibited leadership in the field of public health, and/or positively influenced public health policy on a national or global level. Published June 25, 2018

Risk of preterm birth reliably predicted by blood tests

A team of scientists have developed a new blood test to predict a woman's risk of preterm birth when she is between 15 and 20 weeks pregnant, which may enable doctors to treat them early and thereby prevent severe complications later in the pregnancy. Kelli Ryckman, CPH associate professor of epidemiology, is the senior author of the study.  Published June 19, 2018

Collaboration + Laboratory = Collaboratory

A creative partnership model brings teams of experts together to solve complex public health problems. Published June 18, 2018

Study links food allergy to autism spectrum disorder in children

A new study from the University of Iowa finds that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more than twice as likely to suffer from a food allergy than children who do not have ASD. Wei Bao, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UI College of Public Health and the study's corresponding author, says the finding adds to a growing body of research that suggests immunological dysfunction as a possible risk factor for the development of ASD. (Multiple sources) Published June 15, 2018

Study to examine links between environmental exposures, cancers

The UI Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination has awarded $40,000 in cooperative funding to a team of researchers led by Paul Romitti, CPH professor of epidemiology. The team will investigate prenatal and postnatal exposures that may be linked to the development of breast and thyroid cancer in young adult women aged 20-39 years. (UIORED) Published May 31, 2018

Analysis finds more people trying e-cigarettes, fewer people keep using them

An analysis of federal data by University of Iowa researchers published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that more American adults have tried e-cigarettes, but the rate of current use appears to be declining. Wei Bao, CPH assistant professor of epidemiology, analyzed national data from more than 101,000 Americans who participated in the annual National Health Interview Survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the study. (Multiple Sources) Published May 15, 2018

CPH Awards highlight faculty, staff achievements

The 2018 College of Public Health Awards Program was held May 2, honoring the research, teaching, and service achievements of faculty and staff. See a list of this year's honorees! Published May 2, 2018

2018 CPH Board of Advisors Student Award winners recognized

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 CPH Board of Advisors Student Awards, Gifty Crabbe and Ryan Peterson. The award recognizes two College of Public Health students, one academic student and one professional student, whose research or practice experience as a student in the college demonstrates commitment to one or more of the college's Collective Areas of Excellence.  Published May 2, 2018

Lynch receives the Michael J. Brody Award

Charles Lynch, CPH professor of epidemiology, is a recipient of the 2018 Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service to the University and the State of Iowa. Published May 2, 2018

College recognizes 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients

The University of Iowa College of Public Health is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2018 Outstanding Alumni Awards: Adaeze Enekwechi, who earned a doctoral degree in health services and policy in 2007 and now works as vice president of strategy, policy and analytics at McDermott+Consulting, LLC; and Margaret Chorazy, who earned a doctoral degree in epidemiology in 2010 and is now director of undergraduate programs and a clinical assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Published May 2, 2018

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