Epidemiology News

Great Plains Emerging Infectious Diseases Conference is March 29-30

The seventh annual Great Plains Emerging Infectious Diseases Conference will take place March 29-30, 2018, at the UI College of Public Health. This conference brings together public health professionals, researchers, faculty, and students in microbiology, infectious diseases, and related fields working in the Great Plains and Midwestern states. Registration is now open! Published February 7, 2018

Ridker to speak about inflammation and atherosclerosis treatment

Paul Ridker, MD, MPH, senior physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, will present "Inflammation and Atherosclerosis: From Population Biology to the Bench to a Novel Treatment" on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF). His talk is part of the Carver College of Medicine's Distinguished Biomedical Scholars Lecture Series.  Published February 1, 2018

CPH students featured in UI ‘Dare to Discover’ campaign

Several College of Public Health student researchers are featured in the 2018 Dare to Discover banner series produced by the UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. The black-and-gold banners will be installed in early February throughout downtown Iowa City and in the Old Capitol Mall/University Capitol Centre (UCC). Find out who the students are! Published February 1, 2018

Apply for a 2018 CDC summer internship

The University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) is pleased to announce that it will provide support for one CPH master's or doctoral student to participate in an 8-week summer internship opportunity with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in Atlanta, Ga. The internship is designed for graduate students in public health who are interested in injury research or practice in unintentional injury or violence. The application deadline is March 9. Published January 31, 2018

University of Iowa names Michael Pentella as interim SHL director

Michael Pentella, a clinical professor of epidemiology in the University of Iowa College of Public Health and former associate director of the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL), has been named the SHL interim director, the University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Economic Development (OVPRED) announced in December. Published January 23, 2018

UI analysis finds more children are diagnosed with autism than previously thought

The number of children in the United States diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder may be significantly higher than previously thought, according to a new UI analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Wei Bao, CPH assistant professor of epidemiology and corresponding author of the analysis, says the higher number shows the need for officials to think about reallocating health care resources to care for significantly more people with autism. (Multiple Sources) Published January 2, 2018

Robinson comments on communication benefits of talking to the press

In a recent questionnaire, many health care providers agreed that talking to the press can make them better communicators with their patients. "I do find that over time I develop essential messages into high impact 'sound bites' for patients," said Jennifer Robinson, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the University of Iowa. (MedPage Today) Published December 20, 2017

Study looks at link between glyphosate and cancer

A long-term study on the use of the weed killer glyphosate by agricultural workers has found no firm link between exposure to the herbicide and cancer. Published December 14, 2017

Petersen’s team researching leishmaniasis in foxhounds, humans

The research Christine Petersen and her colleagues are conducting on leishmaniasis is bringing much-needed insight to the problem of the disease in foxhounds and, ultimately, humans. "Because of implications of how this could help all infected creatures (not just dogs), we ran the trial all they way to the human clinical trial level," says Petersen, CPH associate professor of epidemiology. (Covertside) Published December 13, 2017

Number of genetic markers linked to lifespan triples

A new large-scale international study expands the number of genetic markers now known to be associated with exceptional longevity. The team of researchers, which included Bob Wallace, CPH professor of epidemiology, undertook a genome-wide search for variants influencing how long participants' parents lived. Their findings indicated genes that could one day be targeted to help prolong human life. (EurekAlert) Published December 7, 2017

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