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Public Health Sciences Faculty and Students in the Spotlight

Deborah Ossip, PhD, Elected President of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

Todd Jusko, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, was awarded a one year research contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overall objective of the project is to examine the relationship between in utero and postnatal blood lead concentrations and children's immune system function.  

Robert Block, MD, MPH, was awarded a 2-year research grant from the international Atherosclerosis Society and Pfizer Pharmaceutical Corporation.  The overall goal is to partner with patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (a genetic disease that causes very premature heart attacks and strokes) and physicians in order to build and test educational/motivational information about this disease within the University of Rochester's electronic health record.

Helena Temkin-Greener, PhD was awarded a two-year research grant from the Donaghue Foundation.  The overall goal of the research project is to develop process and outcome-based measures of care quality for nursing home residents with mental health and behavioral disorders, and to explain variations in these measures across facilities and regions/states. Locally, findings will provide a benchmark performance measure for nursing homes participating in the NYS Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program.

Kelly Thevenet-Morrison, M.S., Lead Programmer Analyst in the Department of Public Health Sciences, awarded Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher award at the Opening Convocation for the School of Medicine & Dentistry on September 8, 2016.

Ann M. Dozier, PhD, Professor Public Health Sciences, in the Center for Community Health, and of Clinical Nursing, named Albert David Kaiser Chair of Public Health Sciences at the Opening Convocation for the School of Medicine & Dentistry on September 8, 2016.

Hayley Martin, MD-PhD student in Epidemiology received a student scholarship to attend the 2016 Family Medicine Education Consortium Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.  This meeting is aimed at family medicine physicians, residents and medical students in the north east interested in "improving the health of the community by strengthening Family Medicine / Primary Care services and medical education."

Dr. Diana Fernandez, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences, is assuming the co-chair position of the Latino Health Coalition convened by the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency

Yareni Sime, a University of Rochester rising junior and Scholar in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, was hosted this summer by Dr. Ann Dozier and her team that is studying infant feeding, health and safety. Ms. Sime's summer research project was entitled Suboptimal Infant Feeding Practices Among Hispanic/Latino Women in Monroe County.

Todd Jusko, PhD and Kelly Thevenet-Morrison paper published in Environmental Health Perspectives

Todd Jusko, PhD, Division of Epidemiology and Lead Programmer Analyst Kelly Thevenet-Morrison, reported poorer responses to infant BCG vaccination amongst infants with higher PCB and DDT exposures in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. ehp.niehs.nih.gov/15-10101/

Yue Li, PhD awarded grant from the Donaghue Foundation

Yue Li, working with the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency,  has received a grant from the Donahue Foundation to reduce avoidable transfers from nursing homes to hospitals.  Click here for further information.

2016 Graduating Class

We had 22 total graduates this year: 1 Epidemiology PHD, 17 Masters’ in Public Health, 3 Masters’ in Clinical Investigation and 1 Masters in Health Services Research and Policy. Congratulations to all of our graduates!

Sean Frey, Ann Dozier and Jim Dolan

Sean Frey, Ann Dozier and Jim Dolan

Sean Frey Wins Emeritus Award

Congratulations to Sean Frey, MD, MPH winner of this year's Emeritus Award given to students who have conducted an outstanding research project while obtaining a Master's degree.

Ann Dozier Inducted into American Academy of Nursing

October 2015.  Ann Dozer, Ph.D. was selected as one of 163 nurse leaders to be inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing for 2015. Academy fellows represent all 50 states, District of Columbia, and 24 countries and include government and hospital administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers. 

Amir Abdolahi's Research Sheds Light on Addiction

September 8, 2015.  Amir Abdolahi, Ph.D., M.P.H. headed a pair of studies that suggests that the insular cortex region of the brain may play a key role in addition.  Dr. Abdolahi's research is described in URMC's Newsroom.

Deborah Ossip Interviewed 

In August, 2015, Deborah Ossip, Ph.D., Director of the URMC Smoking Research Program, appeared on multiple news outlets, including Good Day Rochester, MedPage Today (8/18/15 and 10/2/15) to talk about a recent e-cigarette study published in JAMA that links teen use of e-cigarettes with future cigarette use.  Dr. Ossip is also President Elect for the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco and Associate Editor of the Journal of Smoking Cessation.