Epidemiology News

Facebook Live: Faculty Feature with Chuck Lynch Nov. 28

Join us live on Facebook at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, for a Faculty Feature hosted by CPH graduate student Kurayi Mahachi. This month's special guest is Chuck Lynch, professor of epidemiology.  Published October 18, 2017

Preconception vitamin D may reduce gestational diabetes risk

Women reporting daily vitamin D supplementation of at least 400 IU per day before becoming pregnant were nearly 30 percent less likely to develop gestational diabetes than women who did not report taking a vitamin D supplement, according to an analysis of the Nurses' Health Study II cohort. Wei Bao, CPH assistant professor of epidemiology, co-authored the study.  Published October 5, 2017

Study finds high levels of lead in 1 in 5 Iowa newborns

A recent study of Iowa newborn blood samples showed that 1 in 5 newborns had high blood lead levels, regardless of whether their mother lived in a city or a rural area. The higher levels statewide likely are related to the amount of pre-1940s housing stock in Iowa, when lead paint was commonly used. The study team included CPH researchers Audrey Saftlas, Jacob Oleson, and Kelli Ryckman. (Lab Link) Published October 4, 2017

McKeen featured as one of three longtime UI employees

Kathleen McKeen, director of the Iowa Cancer Registry, has worked at the University of Iowa for 58 years. "Work has always been my hobby," says McKeen, who is based in the Department of Epidemiology. "I still feel as though I can contribute and mentor people in this field. I feel as though I'm making an improvement in people's lives." Published September 28, 2017

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

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