Epidemiology News

Robinson comments on challenges of pandemic and cardiovascular disease

Following the pandemic, experts predict a "tsunami" of cardiovascular disease due to weight gain, stress, lost disease management time, and long-haul COVID. However, one positive may be the attention the pandemic drew to the lifelong benefit of prevention and control of cardiovascular risk factors, suggests Jennifer Robinson, CPH professor and director of the Preventive Intervention Center. (MedPage Today) Published June 3, 2021

From the Front Row: Luke and Megan reflect on their experiences as public health students

On this episode, recent College of Public Health graduates and "From the Front Row" contributors Luke Sampson and Megan Pospisil say goodbye and share their experiences as students, podcasters, and a little about what they've learned along the way. Published May 27, 2021

Pentella comments on at-home COVID-19 antigen tests

Several new at-home COVID-19 antigen tests, which received Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. FDA in late March, are opening up a new level of testing availability. "The important point about these recently approved products is increasing access to testing," says Michael Pentella, professor of epidemiology and director of the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa. (Diagnostics World) Published May 20, 2021

Petersen appointed to Institute for Laboratory Animal Research Council

Christine Petersen, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, has been appointed as a member of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) Council. Published May 19, 2021

Conference develops strategic roadmap infographic to address rural perinatal depression

The Iowa Perinatal Health Research Collaborative held a two-day virtual conference April 23-24, 2021, titled “Perinatal Connect Conference: Engaging with Rural Communities to Improve Maternal Mental Health Outcomes." One of the products from the conference is an infographic that illustrates a strategic roadmap for engaging in patient-centered outcomes research. Published May 14, 2021

U2G student Carson Peters strives to improve health around the world

Carson Peters, a student in the undergraduate-to-graduate program (U2G), is graduating in May 2021 with an MPH in epidemiology. Before the pandemic, her research took her around the world. She also gained valuable research experience working with Christine Petersen, CPH professor of epidemiology. Published May 11, 2021

2021 CPH Outstanding Alumni Award winners announced

The University of Iowa College of Public Health is pleased to announce the recipients of the college's 2021 Outstanding Alumni Awards: Dwight Ferguson, who earned a Master of Science degree in epidemiology and a doctoral degree in occupational and environmental health, and Shenghui Tang, who earned a Master of Science degree in biostatistics and a doctoral degree in biostatistics. Published May 3, 2021

Charlton to lead study aimed at improving quality of rural cancer care

Mary Charlton, associate professor of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health, has been awarded a grant from the National Cancer Institute to serve as principal investigator for research that focuses on a collaborative network intervention to improve cancer care quality in rural hospitals caring for rural, underserved patients. Published April 20, 2021

From the Front Row: Working as an epidemiologist during a pandemic

UI College of Public Health alumnus Aaron Reinke (19MPH) joins Alexis and Steve to talk about his experiences at the Black Hawk County Health Department in eastern Iowa and discuss what it's like as an epidemiologist -- especially a relatively new one -- at the local level during a global pandemic. Published April 15, 2021

New research study to investigate rare neuroendocrine tumors

A newly funded research study in the University of Iowa College of Public Health aims to determine the optimal sequencing of treatments for people with neuroendocrine tumors, a rare form of cancer. The $5 million, three-year study will be led by Michael O’Rorke, assistant professor of epidemiology.  Published April 12, 2021