The Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami School of Architecture have been named charter members of the American Institute of Architects Design & Health Research Consortium, which will help fund basic research on how design affects public health.
Department News : 2014
Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Director for Disparities and Community Outreach for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded a grant from the GE Foundation to help improve the prevention of cervical cancer in women living in medically underserved areas.
Research teams interested in learning how to use the University’s Research Electronic Data Capture system (REDCap) to collect and store data for study projects can take advantage of free support through the Biostatistics Collaboration and Consulting Core (BCCC).Software
Thirty-one students, faculty, staff, and alumni, including nine from the Miller School, were tapped last Wednesday and Thursday into the University of Miami Iron Arrow Honor Society.
As hospitals and communities around the world take action against the possibility of Ebola, the University of Miami is also taking preventative measures. The Miller School of Medicine issued an Ebola preparedness manual and organized an information session Friday at the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education.
The Department of Public Health Sciences was honored by Dr. John Armstrong’s, Florida’s Surgeon General, visit to the medical campus on October 23rd. During a luncheon organized by the Department, students were able to discuss their public health interests and receive valuable expert feedback from Dr. Armstrong.
The work of several University of Miami Miller School of Medicine students and residents was highlighted at the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s James J. Byrnes Future of Medicine Poster Symposium October 9 and 10 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
An interdisciplinary group of researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently published a study that found a lack of accredited outpatient vascular testing facilities in some regions throughout the U.S., including the southern stroke belt.
David J. Lee, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences, has been appointed to the NIH National Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Advisory Council for a four-year term.
Daniel J. Feaster, Ph.D., associate professor of public health sciences, has been awarded $1 million for a three-year project to improve methods for patient-centered outcomes research. Funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Feaster’s project, “Methods for Heterogeneity of Treatment Effects: Random Forest Counterfactual Machines,” was one of 46 new awards selected from 490 submissions.
A National Cancer Institute supplemental award will make the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center the coordinating center for the NCI’s Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program–Region 3 (GMaP3) — a research consortium of 11 institutions in seven southeastern states and Puerto Rico. The project is part of the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities’ Community Networks Program Centers.
The physical environment built for human use, such as a neighborhood, city or suburb, has been found to have an impact on human health. Specifically, the “walkability” of an environment influences the weight, body mass index and chronic disease incidence of those who live there. By rethinking our built environments, we can have a positive impact on human health.
Seth J. Schwartz, Ph.D., associate professor of public health sciences, was honored with a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from Florida State University’s College of Human Sciences.
Daniel Feaster, Ph.D., associate professor of public health sciences, was recently awarded a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute contract for his project titled “Methods for Heterogeneity of Treatment Effects: Random Forest Counterfactual Machines”.
In working with communities as culturally and ethnically diverse as those found in Miami-Dade County, investigators at the University of Miami have a wealth of resources available to help with their research.
Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and public health sciences, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Director of Community Engagement at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), has been named one of Diversity MBA Magazine’s Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Leaders.
An international team of researchers, including three investigators from the Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences, has compared differing mosquito control programs in St. Johns County, Florida, and Guayas, Ecuador. Their findings demonstrate how two countries can develop effective vector control practices, despite their cultural and economic differences.
The power of a non-traditional approach to research and evaluation reporting was the focus of a recent Grand Rounds co-hosted by the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). University of Miami alumnus James Pann, Ph.D., highlighted the value of the visual evaluation report as an alternative method for communicating findings and engaging stakeholders.
Public Health researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine published an article that was featured in the August issue of Cell Press’s Trends in Parasitology. The article, “Expanding Integrated Vector Management to Promote Healthy Environments,” outlines the importance of integrated vector management strategies to protect communities from pathogen transmission by arthropods — and their limitations.
An article published August 18 in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases identifies a research gap in family-based approaches to improve post-operative outcomes in bariatric surgery patients.
According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death for Americans, and Hispanics face even higher risks, particularly for recurring stroke. To improve stroke prevention methods, a team of multidisciplinary physician-researchers at the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth will team up for a new five-year $1.9 million NIH grant.
A recent study led by a group of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine public health researchers shows that Florida, Delaware and states in the Northeast and Midwest have thriving senior populations that are healthier than those in other areas.
As September approaches, parents are beginning to bring their children to the doctor’s office for back-to-school checkups. One of the most important components of the school physical is vaccination. In Florida, children in both public and private schools are required to be immunized against many illnesses, including chicken pox, measles and pertussis.
Faculty and Staff Support the U: Community Health Expert Strengthens Hispanic Families, and the Univ
Professor Guillermo “Willy” Prado is committed to making South Florida a better place to live. As director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health at the Miller School of Medicine, Prado has pioneered programs that reduce drug abuse and other health problems among Hispanic youths by strengthening their families.
A group of 400 Cuban immigrant newcomers to Miami-Dade County participated in a study conducted by researchers from the schools of Medicine and Architecture at the University of Miami, which measured the frequency with which the participants were traveling on foot to perform daily tasks.
Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and public health sciences, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Director of Community Engagement at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), was one of five editors for a supplement on the VA Healthcare System’s patient-centered medical homes published in the July issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Integrated Vector Management (IVM) strategies are intended to protect communities from pathogen transmission by arthropods. These strategies target multiple vectors and different ecological and socioeconomic settings, but the aggregate benefits of IVM are limited by the narrow focus of its approach; IVM strategies aim only to control arthropod vectors. We argue that IVM should encompass environmental modifications at early stages – for instance, infrastructural development and sanitation services – to regulate not only vectors but also nuisance biting arthropods. An additional focus on nuisance biting arthropods will improve public health and quality of life and minimize social-disparity issues fostered by pests. Optimally, IVM could incorporate environmental awareness and promotion of control methods proactively to reduce threats of serious pest situations.
The Department of Public health Sciences welcomes two International Scholars for Fall 2014. Dr. Biplab Biswas, Assistant Professor at the University of Burdwan Department of Geography, and Dr. Marine Gegelashvili, Associate Professor at Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. Dr. Biswas is a recipient of the Raman Fellowship, and Dr. Gegelashvili is a recipient of the Fulbright Award.
The Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences, led by José Szapocznik, Ph.D., and Ana Palacio, M.D., M.P.H., has partnered with the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil and Ecuador’s National Public Health Research Institute to bring the latest evidence-based methods for dengue controls and adolescent drug abuse and sexual risk behavior prevention to the country.
A newly released study led by an interdisciplinary team of University of Miami researchers at the Miller School of Medicine and the School of Architecture shows that urban sprawl may be bad for the health of thousands of residents.
The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has awarded grants to two Miller School researchers through its Mentored Translational Research Scholars Program (K12), which helps junior faculty develop successful careers as independent investigators.
To further combat cervical cancer in South Florida and beyond, the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health has awarded Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of public health sciences and Director of the Community Engagement Program at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), a $2 million, four-year grant.
Familias Unidas, the successful intervention developed by Miller School public health researchers to prevent risky behavior among Hispanic youth, has been added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Compendium of Evidence-Based HIV Behavioral Interventions. The interventions listed in the highly regarded compendium represent the strongest in scientific literature.
Third-year M.D./M.P.H. student Michael Maguire, M.S., is a 2014 recipient of the American Medical Association Foundation’s esteemed Leadership Award. The national award recognizes Maguire for his excellence in community service, advocacy and education, and includes special training to develop his skills as a future leader.
Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, delivered a presentation on health and research innovation at the prestigious, second annual Fundacion Euroamerica meeting in Miami.
This year, the Department of Public Health Science awarded 20 Global Health Scholars Awards to highly motivated and diverse MD/MPH students. These awards have been presented to students with exceptional projects in public health and medicine. We are proud to have more students traveling and they have even extended their global reach even further than last year.
This University of Miami funding opportunity is intended to foster innovative thinking in public health research and practice, and serve as a springboard for projects that have the potential for further growth and dissemination. It helps fund the advancement of capstone projects for MPH and MD/MPH student in their efforts to address community or global public health issues.
The Department of Public Health Sciences was honored as Dr. Harvey Fineberg, President of The Institute of Medicine, presented on The State of America’s Health: The Challenge for the Next Generation of US Public Health Professionals for the MD/MPH students this past Saturday, May 10th, 2014.
The Public Health Student Association (PHSA), in partnership with the American Public Health Association, celebrated National Public Health Week April 7-13, as part of the University of Miami’s Week of Well-Being.
In conjunction with the Week of Well-Being, the Public Health Student Association has partnered with the American Public Health Association to celebrate National Public Health Week and will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, April 8, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, Broad-Bussel Auditorium, located on the first floor of the Clinical Research Building.
A project led by third-year medical students Christine Bokman and Arash Sayari has received the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Student Service Leadership Project award to help promote physician leaders in local and global communities most in need.
The Department of Public Health Sciences hosted its second annual Springboard and Global Health Scholar Awards Poster Session, showcasing innovative public health projects by 34 M.P.H. and M.D./M.P.H. students who tackled critical public health issues around the world.
Reflecting the growing recognition of the University of Miami as one of the nation’s preeminent research institutions, six of the Miller School of Medicine’s departments rose in national rankings based on the size of the research grants they received from the National Institutes of Health during the 2013 federal fiscal year. The gains were especially significant in a year that saw across-the-board reductions in NIH grants.
José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of Public Health Sciences, has been appointed by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies to the National Research Council Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Health.