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Dr. Mariano Kanamori to Develop a HIV Protection, Diagnoses and Treatment Pharmacy and Parks Network for Latinos

The University of Miami Developmental HIV/AIDS Mental Health Research Center, an AIDS Research Center program that is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, recently received awards to support various projects. Mariano Kanamori, Ph.D., professor of public health at the Department of Public Health Sciences, will serve as project investigator for one those projects, which will use a pharmacy and parks network to increase awareness and utilization of HIV protection, diagnosis, and treatment services by three distinct Latino subgroups in Miami-Dade County. 

October 2, 2019
Public Health’s Dr. Adam Carrico to begin a National Institute on Drug Abuse-Funded Project on a mHealth Intervention

The project will determine the efficacy of Supporting Treatment Adherence for Resilience and Thriving (START), a six-month mHealth intervention for men who have sex with men who are HIV positive and use stimulants. START will integrate two theoretically grounded, evidence-based interventions, in order to optimize the effectiveness of treatment as prevention.

October 2, 2019
Study Finds Association Between C-reactive Protein and Radiotherapy-Related Pain in Breast Cancer Patients

Adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) has significantly reduced recurrences of breast cancer, but it does have adverse responses that negatively affect the overall quality of life of patients. To help guide the decision of RT, as well as with the development of targeted interventions to improve the quality of life patients, a pilot study, published in Breast Cancer Research, examined the C-reactive Protein and its association with pain before and after RT.

October 2, 2019
Public Health Researchers to Study Neighborhood Greenness and Cancer Risk in Medicare Beneficiaries in Miami-Dade County

Scott Brown, Ph.D., research associate professor of public health, and Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor of public health, will investigate the relationship of block-level greenness to cancer diagnosis, including for breast, colorectal, endometrial, lung, and prostate cancers, in a project sponsored by the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

October 2, 2019 
Dr. J. Sunil Rao to Begin a National Science Foundation Project on Subject-level Prediction and Application

The goal of the project is to make methodological advances to the classified mixed model prediction method (CMMP). CMMP is the first to lay out the framework to determine predictions using precision medicine. For example, the method can look for matches in an electronic health record that might provide clues about potential drugs for patients who have not responded to standard therapies.

October 2, 2019
Dr. Taghrid Asfar Awarded for Best Poster at the 19th Annual Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Conference

The Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Europe (SRNT-E), the first formal chapter of SRNT, hosted the 19th Annual Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Conference in Oslo, Norway this year. Taghrid Asfar, M.D., MSPH, assistant professor at the Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences, presented findings on five research projects at the annual meeting, including one that was distinguished as one of the best posters.

October 2, 2019
Public Health Researchers to Launch a Trauma-Informed and Responsive Care Initiative

Roderick King, M.D., MPH, and Joseph West, Sc.D., two researchers from the Miller School's Department of Public Health Sciences, were recently awarded a two-year grant from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to address gaps in health equity, responsive care needs related to trauma, and adaptive lifestyle behaviors in young men.

October 2, 2019 
Researchers Find Low Colorectal Cancer Survival in Nevada

People that are diagnosed with colorectal cancer – the third greatest cancer burden in the United States – have the lowest survival rates in Nevada when compared to those diagnosed in other Western states, according to a study published in PLOS One, a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal.

October 2, 2019

Feature Stories

UM Public Health Experts Weigh in on Hurricane Dorian's Impact on The Bahamas

After Hurricane Dorian – the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in the Bahamas in early September - public health leaders, students, faculty and staff from the Miller School's Department of Public Health Sciences held a brainstorming session to discuss the deteriorating situation, potential relief efforts, and gather ideas on the various impacts of the storm. Medical needs, displacement, environmental concerns, mass migration, and mental health were topics of discussion.

October 3, 2019
The Shop Docs: Bringing Preventative Care to the Community

Annette Grotheer, a fourth-year M.D./M.P.H. candidate at the Miller School, founded The Shop Docs, a program that provides blood pressure testing in barbershops located in Miami-Dade County. The program also provides information on nutrition and exercise to prevent and manage high blood pressure and heart disease.

October 2, 2019
Annie Liu Conducts a Project on Smoking Cessation in Delhi, India

According to a study published in BMC Med, smokeless tobacco is a major public health threat and in India, it is attributed to 75 percent of the global burden of disease. Annie Liu, a second-year M.P.H./M.A.I.A. candidate, spent one year in communities within Delhi, India and worked with the Public Health Foundation of India throughout the process. She conducted research on the social perceptions of smokeless tobacco and areca nut cessation.

October 2, 2019
Stop, Drop, and Roll: Firefighters and Scientists Team Up to Put Out Cancer Risk

The Firefighter Cancer Initiative (FCI) was launched in 2015 to better understand cancer among firefighters, which is the number one cause of line of duty death. The FCI is housed in the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, South Florida’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. On August 28, 2019, the FCI held an Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series to disseminate research and groundbreaking discoveries that are addressing the excess burden of cancer in firefighters.

September 10, 2019
Bradley Lezak, M.D./M.P.H. candidate, Begins Surgical Mission in the Peruvian Amazon 

This past summer, Bradley Lezak, a second-year M.D./M.P.H. candidate, completed his public health field experience in Pucallpa, Peru, working with Scalpel at the Cross, an orthopedic surgical non-profit organization that has been serving the region since 2005, on the development of a new orthopedic trauma surgery and physical therapy clinic in the remote-Peruvian town.  

September 10, 2019