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 2019 Research Pilot Program Funding

The Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) has funds to support a limited number of Research Pilot Projects. The objective of the pilot project should be relevant to the mission of PHS, namely it should have a substantial component of or impact on public health sciences, practices, or policies. The focus of the pilot program is to stimulate new collaborations with PHS faculty. Therefore, we are soliciting proposals that support collaborative relationships between investigators who do not have a recent history (past 3 years) of joint funding or who are looking to expand their current collaborative efforts into new directions, and for whom the pilot project would be catalytic in their effort to obtain extramural funding.

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Message from the Chair, Ann Dozier, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center. We are a welcoming, dynamic group dedicated to the improvement of health and health care among diverse populations through research, learning, and community partnerships. Our faculty members engaged in research activities across the lifespan from maternal-child health to long-term care. Our scientific inquiry uses a range of rigorous methodologies from high powered analytics to mixed methods. Our educational offerings provide multiple alternatives. These include PhD programs in Epidemiology and Health Services Research, Master's programs in Public Health, Epidemiology, Clinical Investigation, and Health Services Research, and 6 Advanced Certificates in Epidemiology, Health Services Research, Biomedical Informatics, Public Health, and Regulatory Science. I invite you to explore our website to learn more about who we are and the services we offer.

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Webinar on Master’s Programs in the Department of Public Health Sciences:

Join Faculty from the Department of Public Health Sciences for a webinar about our Master’s Programs on March 6 from 12:00-12:30 pm. Our programs are designed to actively prepare graduates for careers in four areas: public health (MPH), health services research and policy (MS-HSRP), epidemiology (MS-EPI), and clinical research (MS-CI). The webinar will highlight key elements of each program and discuss program requirements and the application process. Please register in advance by sending an email to A link to a recording of the webinar will be sent to all registrants after the event.

Congratulations to HSR PhD student Alina Denham

 Receiving a 2019 Teaching-as-Research (TAR) Fellowship from UR Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL).  CIRTL provides its TAR fellows with training regarding teaching and support for research of education innovations.

Study: Nursing Homes Increasingly Pushing Patients into Rehab at End-of-Life

A new study reveals a growing trend of potentially unnecessary – and harmful – high intensity rehabilitation services for residents of nursing homes. The study finds that this trend, which may be driven by a desire to maximize reimbursement rates, is on the rise for patients in the last 30 days of life, indicating that these services may be interfering with appropriate end-of-life care. Read More »

Drs. Todd Jusko and Edwin van Wijngaarden presented their work at the American College of Epidemiology Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, held September 24-25.

Dr. Jusko gave an invited presentation titled Environmental Toxicants: The New Anti-Vaxxers?" Dr. van Wijngaarden's abstract submission was selected as one of three best abstracts. His presentation was titled "Maternal gestational immune response and autism spectrum disorder phenotypes at 7 years of age in the Seychelles Child Development Study".

Ann Dozier, RN, PhD, FAAN was recently appointed to the Editorial Board of Preventive Medicine

URMC and Roswell Park to create $19 million dollar program focused on flavored tobacco.

Prestigious federal grant funds effort to understand fast-growing but under explored trend in tobacco use.

PHS researchers present results assessing environmental and health impacts of air quality changes in New York State at national conferences

Department of Public Health Sciences faculty and staff (David Rich, Philip Hopke, Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ann Dozier, Mauro Masiol, Stefania Squizzato, Kelly Thevenet-Morrison), in collaboration with others from URMC (Sally Thurston, Daniel Croft, Mark Utell, Frederick Ling, Scott Cameron, David Chalupa) and the University at Albany, State University of New York (Shao Lin, Wangjian Zhang) are conducting several studies examining the health effects of ambient air pollution in New York State. Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, they are examining whether the concentrations and composition of air pollutants emitted from electricity generation and fuel combustion, and changes in them following implementation of air quality policies and economic changes due to a recession, have had measurable health impacts on New York State residents and measurable impacts on ambient air pollution concentrations across the state. From these studies, several URMC faculty and students presented oral presentations (Edwin van Wijngaarden, Meng Wang) and poster presentations (Daniel Croft, Rui Li) at the joint conference of the Internal Society of Exposure Science and the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology in Ottawa Canada from August 26-30, 2018, and the International Aerosol Conference in St. Louis, Missouri from September 2-7, 2018 (Mauro Masiol, Stefania Squizzato).

Yue Li, PhD Received an NIH R01 Award in August 2018!

Dr. Yue Li, Professor and Editor in Chief for Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology, was recently awarded an NIH research grant. This 1.6 million R01 project will use big data and statistical machine learning methods to analyze the violent death data and medical records of patients from the CDC and the CMS, in order to identify the risk and protective factors for suicide deaths among older adults in long-term care settings. Investigators of this project include Yue Li, PhD (MPI); Xueya Cai, PhD (MPI, Biostatistics and Computational Biology @ URMC); Helena Temkin-Greener, PhD (Co-Investigator, Public Health Sciences @ URMC); Yeates Conwell, MD (Co-Investigator; Psychiatry @ URMC); and Sheryl Zimmerman, MSW, PhD (Co-Investigator; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).