Epidemiology News

Researchers studying effects of COVID-19 in Latino communities

UI students Crystal Garcia, a PhD student in epidemiology, and Miriam Velez-Bermudez, a PhD student in health psychology, are studying the long-term effects of COVID-19 on Latinos in Iowa. They have sent surveys to Latino households throughout the state. (Iowa Public Radio) Published March 24, 2021

Report shows racial disparities in Iowa’s health care system

A recent report released by the Iowa Cancer Registry highlighted racial disparities in Iowa's health care system. Mary Charlton, director of the registry, said while the report provides valuable insight, there are still many unanswered questions in addressing why racial disparities in cancer patients exist. (Daily Iowan) Published March 24, 2021

State Health Registry of Iowa issues Cancer in Iowa 2021 report, highlights racial disparities

African Americans in Iowa are getting cancer and dying from it at higher rates than any other group in the state. According to the 2021 Cancer in Iowa report issued by the State Health Registry of Iowa, the age-adjusted cancer mortality rate for Black people in Iowa is more than 25% greater than it is for white people. Published March 10, 2021

Study links plant protein intake to lower risk of deaths from cardiovascular disease, dementia

Postmenopausal women who ate high levels of plant protein had lower risks of premature death, cardiovascular disease death, and dementia-related death compared with women who ate less plant protein, according to new research from University of Iowa College of Public Health investigators. Published February 24, 2021

Petersen discusses vaccines, epidemiology, and the pandemic

Christine Petersen, professor of epidemiology, recently discussed how the experience of vaccine development will shape vaccine science beyond the pandemic, and how the pandemic is influencing scientific study of infectious diseases. (MPR News) Published February 18, 2021

In Memoriam: Elaine M. Smith

It is with sadness and sorrow that we let you know that Elaine M. Smith, PhD, MBA, professor emerita of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health, passed away peacefully in Chapel Hill, NC, at the age of 75 on Jan. 21, 2021. Published February 12, 2021

Petersen comments on Iowans’ COVID behavior

Contrary to experts' predictions, Iowa didn't see a huge post-holiday spike in COVID-19 cases. One reason could be that Iowans changed their behavior in the nick of time. "It means people listened to the prevention messages!” says Christine Petersen, director of the UI Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases. (The Atlantic) Published February 11, 2021

Muscatine Heart Study marks 50 years

The University of Iowa's Muscatine Heart Study has shown us that what we do as children has an impact on our cardiovascular health as adults. Five decades on, the study is still going strong. Trudy Burns, professor emerita in epidemiology, joined the project in 1982 and took over as lead investigator in 2005. (UI) Published February 3, 2021

CPH students featured in ‘Dare to Discover’ campaign

Congratulations to CPH students Crystal Garcia, Chelsea Hicks, Felix Pabon-Rodriguez, Caitlin Ward, and Noah Wick, who are featured in this year's Dare to Discover campaign. The campaign showcases researchers, scholars, and creators from across the University of Iowa. Published January 27, 2021

Romitti participates in release of a new toolkit for global birth defects surveillance

In his role as executive committee chair for the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research, Paul Romitti, professor of epidemiology, recently participated in a World Health Organization webinar to release a new global resource to support population-based surveillance programs for birth defects. Published January 21, 2021