Department News : 2016 :

Roy E. Weiss, M.D., Ph.D.

NIH Awards $11.6 Million Grant for New Center to Study Precision Medicine and Health Disparities

Researchers at the University of Miami, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College have been awarded a five-year, $11.6 million grant to launch a new center that will enable research using approaches to precision medicine to eradicate health disparities, specifically those among African Americans and Latinos.

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From left, Michael King, Business Development Consultant, BSFT Institute, Joan Muir, Ph.D., Mikael Jepsson, Director of the Outreach Unit at Framtid Stockholm, Goran Hagglund and Alexandra Goransson, Director of Social Services for the City of Stockholm

UM Public Health Experts Are Key in a Swedish Effort to Integrate Refugee Youth

A unique partnership between University of Miami public health experts and the city of Stockholm plays a key role in supporting the health and emotional well-being of at-risk Afghan and Syrian refugee youth who have found their way from their troubled homelands to the Swedish capital. The transatlantic connection stems from the city of Stockholm’s many years of use of Brief Strategic Family Therapy.

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From left, front row, Diane Zheng, M.S., Jordan Baeker Bispo, M.P.H., Tali Elfassy, M.S.P.H., Lin Zhu, M.S., and WayWay M. Hlaing, Ph.D., M.B.B.S., M.S. From left, back row, Yue Pan, M.S., Manuel Ocasio, M.S.P.H., Wendy Stephan, M.P.H., Diana Naranjo, M.A., Sharleen Traynor, M.P.H., and Carrigan Parish, D.M.D.

Miller School Students Play Major Role in Epidemiology Congress Held in Miami

When the 2016 Epidemiology Congress of the Americas opened on June 21 in Miami, a large number of Miller School of Medicine students in the Department of Public Health Sciences had a rare opportunity to play a major role in the proceedings. Among them were 13 students in the Ph.D. in Epidemiology program. “All 13 who submitted abstracts had them accepted,” said Program Director WayWay M. Hlaing, Ph.D.

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Jean Marie Malecki, M.D., M.P.H.

‘Public Health Legend’ Dr. Jean Marie Malecki Honored With Distinguished Alumna Award

One of the first American public health officials to deal with a bioterrorism attack in the United States recently received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Department of Public Health Sciences. Since 1991, she has spent her career championing advanced public health care initiatives as Director of the Palm Beach County Health Department.

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