Epidemiology News

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October 2018

Faculty updates

  • Carey Drews-Botsch and Penny Howards, along with collaborators at Brown and Research Triangle Institute, were awarded funding from the NIH/NICHD to provide support on various projects including a clinical trial of the use of statins to increase pregnancy rates in women undergoing fertility treatment.
  • Vijaya Kancherla and Godfrey Oakley, and Ben Redpath recently published a research letter in JAMA showing links between the fortification of corn masa flour in the US and spina bifida and anencephaly in children.
  • Tene Lewis awarded NIH/NIA supplement to study "Psychosocial Stressors and Cognitive Health in Middle Aged Women"
  • Brad Pearce awarded a new R21 grant from the NIH titled "Molecular pathways of the kynurenine system in the neuroimmunology and psychophysiology of schizophrenia."
  • Patrick Sullivan and Jeb Jones recieved R01 supplement funding from the NIH for their study "Theoretically Based Mobile App to Increase PrEP Uptake Among MSM." This new supplement aims to adapt the HealthMindr app to meet the needs of transgender men.
  • Yan Sun elected a Fellow of the American Heart Asssociation (FAHA), conferred by the Council on Genomic and Precision Medicine (GPM). Yan is recognized for his "excellence, innovative and sustained contributions in the areas of scholarship, practice and/or education, and volunteer service within the AHA/ASA."

Student updates

  • Kylee Borger (2nd year MPH student) co-authored an article in the American Journal of Publish Health (AJPH) on opportunities for collaboration in public health and behavioral health to address critical challenges. Read More
  • Carolyn Brown (PhD student) published a paper on cancer diagnosis and care in Botswana in The Oncologist. Her work has also been selected for a book chapter in the upcoming LGBT Mental Health: Global Perspectives and Experiences.

September 2018

Faculty updates

  • Faculty members Nika Fedirko, Dayna Johnson, Tené Lewis, and Amit Shah awarded Synergy Award funding from the Woodruff Health Sciences Center. Read More
  • Allison Chamberlain awarded an Emory CFAR Opportunity Award. This will fund the launch of a new survey of attendees at Atlanta's Pride events in regard to barriers and faciliataors of PrEP.
  • Neel Gandhi quoted in article on new developments in active TB treatment. Read More
  • Jeb Jones awarded a CFAR-03 award to help fund the creation of a new cohort. He will examine patterns of adherence and peristence on PrEP in MSM in the Southern United States across different urbanities.
  • Lauren McCullough awarded supplement for LEO study (Lymphoma Epidemiology of Outcomes).
  • Viola Vaccarino and Yan Sun awarded NHLBI funding for a supplement on Vaccarino's existing R01 twin study. This new supplement will focus on dementia through an analysis of epigenetic aging and its molecular mechanisms.

Student updates

  • Kristin Bratton Nelson featured on the Laney Graduate School website for student spotlight. Read More
  • Michael Garber received two awards to help fund his dissertation research, one from the American College of Sports Medicine and the other an NIH F31 award.
  • John Kaufman gives oral presentation at the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology annual meeting.
  • Katie Labgold awarded an ARCS Fellowship
  • Katie Ross to give oral presentation at the American Association of Liver Diseases in November.
  • Monica Shah to present at a panel at the World Health Organization's Evidence Review Group Meeting on Mass Drug Administratior for Malaria
  • Alumna Dinorah Lissette Calles featured on the Laney Graduate School website for her "I Am CDC" video. Watch here

August 2018

Faculty updates

  • Jodie Guest appointed by the RSPH Dean's Office to the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Education (IPECP) council.
  • Tené Lewis and Miriam Van Dyke were selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as one of 45 Gilliam Fellowship advisor/mentee pairs. The Gilliam program aims to ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is prepared to assume leadership roles in science. Read More
  • Ben Lopman awarded a two-year grant from the Vaccine Impact Modeling Consortium to be funded and used by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and GAVI Vaccine Alliance. Lopman and his collaborates will model rotavirus vaccine impact in 96 low and middle-income countries.

Student updates

  • Julia Baker to give oral presentation at the International Rotavirus Symposium in Minsk
  • Julia Baker quoted in article about a recent paper on Rotavirus vaccines published with her mentor Ben Lopman. Read More
  • Kait Stanhope selected for the SIRE/URP-LGS graduate fellowship in the Natural and Biomedical Sciences