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New Study Links Severity of Initial COVID-19 Infection to Increased Risk of Severe Reinfections and Long COVID

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

A recent study, co-authored by University of Rochester Research Professor Elaine Hill, highlights critical findings regarding COVID-19 reinfections. The research, published in Communications Medicine and involving 3 million patients, establishes a significant link between the severity of a first COVID-19 infection and the severity of subsequent reinfections. Additionally, the study indicates that the likelihood of developing Long COVID increases after the first infection.

Preventive Medicine Resident's Advocacy Sparks Positive Outcome in Patient Care

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Preventive Medicine resident Abbas Smiley writes about advocacy initiated by a patient’s family member and how it impacted the outcome. In our “Good Catch of the Week,” read about a pharmacist who recognized the duration of a prescription to treat a patient’s UTI needed to be extended. Questions? Contact Robert Panzer, professor of Medicine and chief quality officer, or Michael Leonard, professor of Pediatrics and chief safety officer, with questions.

Can Diet Help with Advanced Breast Cancer? All Indications Are Positive, Researchers Say

Friday, May 31, 2024

Erin Campbell, MD, is a co-author on the article 'Can Diet Help with Advanced Breast Cancer?' The article mentions that, "Women with breast cancer who exclusively ate a whole-foods, plant-based diet lost weight, improved cholesterol levels and other key metabolic factors, had less fatigue, and perceived that they felt sharper mentally and generally more well." Read the full story here

Flags will be lowered for Michael Jacob Adams

Thursday, May 30, 2024

University flags on the Eastman Quadrangle and near the entrance of Strong Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department will be lowered on Thursday, June 6, for Michael Jacob Adams, an associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, who died on April 27.

Mark Okwir's Meningitis Outcome paper was published in PLOS ONE

Thursday, May 30, 2024

"Cryptococcal meningitis (CM) remains a major cause of death among people living with HIV in rural sub-Saharan Africa. We previously reported that a CM diagnosis and treatment program (CM-DTP) improved hospital survival for CM patients in rural, northern Uganda. This study aimed to evaluate the impact on long-term survival"

Mark Okwir's article titled "Poor Long-Term Outcomes Despite Improved Hospital Survival for Patients with Cryptococcal Meningitis in Rural, Northern Uganda" was published in PLOS ONE. Read the full article here.

Dr. Melissa Kah Poh Loh has been recognized as a recipient of the 40 Under 40 in Cancer Award

Friday, May 10, 2024

This prestigious honor celebrates Dr. Kah Poh Loh's dedication to improving the lives of those affected by cancer and highlights her outstanding contributions to the field. 

This award is hosted by The Association for Value-Based Cancer Care (AVBCC), The National Community Oncology Dispensing Association (NCODA), Swim Across America, Amplity Health, Takeda, BeiGene, ONCare Alliance, Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), and Canopy. 40 Under 40 in Cancer is an awards initiative to identify and recognize the contributions being made across the field of cancer by rising stars and emerging leaders under the age of 40. The award recognizes you as one of the nation’s most promising young oncology professionals and celebrates your contributions to improve the lives of those affected by cancer.

March Health Equity Update

Thursday, April 4, 2024

The March Health Equity Update highlights the work that Theresa Green, PhD, MBA, does with resident education and health equity. 

Read the full article here: Health Equity Update

Air Quality in Schools: Shielding Kids with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities from COVID

Thursday, March 28, 2024

The COVID pandemic was a tough balancing act for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), many of whom struggle with masking and distancing. URMC researchers, including those from the UR CTSI, teamed up with the Mary Cariola Center to study ways to prevent COVID infections in the IDD community. Dr. Ann M. Dozier and Dr. Christopher Seplaki from Public Health Sciences collaborated on this project. This study, published in PLOS ONE, points to ventilation and air filtration as important tools to prevent COVID infections among children with IDD.

Read More: Air Quality in Schools: Shielding Kids with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities from COVID

Dr. Veazie publishes on how to determine dependence across observations.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

It is common in applied research to analyze data from data generating processes with dependencies among random variables across observations. Such dependencies impact power calculations and standard errors. However, it is also common to mistake the structure of data for the structure of the data generating process and thereby to use inappropriate standard error estimators. The challenge is not merely to distinguish data from data generating processes but also to determine dependence. Dr. Veazie has published a paper in Ration Mathematica discussing the problem and providing a four-step guide, with examples, for determining dependence of random variables across observations.  Access paper through this link: Determining dependence among random variables across observations | Veazie | Ratio Mathematica (

Dr. Edith Williams is Director of Center for Community Health and Prevention

Monday, January 22, 2024

Dr. Edith Williams has been appointed as Director of Center for Community Health and Prevention. 

Read the full story here.

Drs. Veazie and Intrator present an alternative gamma distribution specification for modeling right-skewed variables

Friday, January 19, 2024

The Maximum Likelihood Estimator (MLE) for parameters of the gamma distribution is commonly used to estimate models of right-skewed variables such as costs, hospital length of stay, and appointment wait times in Economics and Healthcare research.  The common specification for this estimator assumes the variance is proportional to the square of the mean, which underlies estimation and specification tests.  Drs. Veazie and Intrator present a specification in which the variance is directly proportional to the mean in their recent paper “Better performance for right-skewed data using an alternative gamma model” published in BMC Medical Research Methodology (2023) 23:298.  Link: Better performance for right-skewed data using an alternative gamma model | BMC Medical Research Methodology | Full Text (

Dr. Francisco Cartujano's Interview with Channel 10 News

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Dr. Francisco Cartujano did an interview with Channel 10 News about how people can keep their 2024 resolution to stop smoking or vaping by joining The Wilmot Cancer Institute's programs. 

Read the full article here.