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2019 News Releases

Research and Faculty Highlights

Tire Shops in Miami-Dade County Produce Vector Mosquitoes, Researchers Find

A study published in Plos One found that tire shops in Miami-Dade County are highly favorable breeding environments for the production of vector mosquitoes. This study used a cross-sectional design to survey the production of vector mosquitoes in 12 tire shops, where mosquitoes were found in all but one of the shops. Researchers collected 1,110 mosquitoes at the sites.

August 14, 2019
Hispanics in South Florida Have Higher Mortality Rates for Most Cancers Than Their National Counterparts

Hispanics in South Florida – mostly driven by Cubans – have higher cancer death rates than their national counterparts, according to a study published in Preventing Chronic Disease, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal. Given the results of this study, surveillance, minority participation in clinical trials and community-based, culturally-specific cancer prevention and control efforts are needed.

August 14, 2019
Researchers Find Association Between Extra Weight in 60s and Brain Thinning

According to a study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, having a high body mass index (BMI) and a bigger waistline in your 60s may be associated with brain thinning in later life. Brain thinning affects the cortex, which is the area in the brain that determines intelligence, personality, motor function, the process of sensation, as well as language processing.

August 6, 2019
Dr. Adam Carrico Presents at the 10th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science

Adam Carrico, Ph.D., associate professor of public health sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was a lead author on a five-year study that found that a counseling intervention reduced the HIV viral load in men who have sex with men and use methamphetamine. The intervention also reduced their substance use and improved their mood. 

August 5, 2019
Dr. Naresh Kumar Awarded Grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Naresh Kumar, Ph.D., will be the principal investigator on a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-funded project that will assess levels of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) – chemicals that can cause cancer and can have negative effects on the immune, nervous, and endocrine system –  in the Guanica Bay in Puerto Rico. Dr. Kumar will collect and examine PCB samples, including air, fish, seafood, and sediment, conduct a comprehensive survey to assess Hurricane Maria's post-impact on community infrastructure and the community's reliance on the bay for seafood and fish.

July 31, 2019
Waterpipe Smoking Is Increasing Globally, but Health Warning Labels Reduces Satisfaction in Users, Researchers Find

Taghrid Asfar, Ph.D., research assistant professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, and Wasim Maziak, MD, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Florida International University, initiated a five-year project funded by the National Institute of Health and the Fogarty International Center in 2017. The goal of the project is to develop and test waterpipe-specific health-warning labels in Tunisia and Lebanon, two countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, and equip them with the means to implement them successfully.

July 30, 2019
Dr. Hermes Florez Presents at the American Diabetes Association’s 79th Scientific Session

Hermes Florez, MD, Ph.D., MPH, professor of public health sciences at the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, gave various presentations at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 79th Scientific Session, where there were over 15,000 attendees from 115 different countries. One of the presentations was on a study that examined if metformin was associated with lower mortality rates in frail older Veterans.

July 23, 2019
Syringe Service Program Increases Proper Syringe Disposal in Miami-Dade County

A study published online in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal found that the IDEA (Infectious Disease Elimination Act) Exchange, a syringe service program in Miami-Dade County, improved proper syringe disposal in the community. The study was co-authored by students and researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, RTI International, Columbia University, and the Florida Department of Health. 

July 19, 2019
Miami-Dade County is Most Vulnerable to Mosquito-Spreading Viruses, Researchers Find

According to a study published in Nature Scientific Reports, the community composition and year-round abundance of vector species of mosquitoes in Miami-Dade make the county one of the most vulnerable for arbovirus transmission, which are viruses that can be transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, or arthropods. The study was co-authored by researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences and Miami-Dade County’s Mosquito Control Division. 

July 16, 2019
Public Health Professor Receives Grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

Dr. Seth Schwartz, professor of public health sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, is currently a co-principal investigator on a project funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD). The project focuses on developing a self-report measure to capture the effects of acculturation-related stress on Hispanic youth. The measure will provide a tool that can be used for evaluating prevention programs.

July 9, 2019
Researchers Find Relationship Between Neighborhood Greenness and Depression

“Neighbourhood greenness and depression among older adults,” a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, found that higher levels of greenness, or vegetative presence such as tree canopy, were associated with lower odds of depression.

July 9, 2019
Dr. Viviana Horigian Receives Grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to Launch an Opioid Treatment Program

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, only 15.3 percent of people with opioid-use disorder sought medication-assisted treatment in 2018. While the treatment has been the most effective for treating the disorder, primary care clinics, for instance, did not offer it – health system leaders and clinicians were hesitant about treating OUDs in primary care settings. Now, thanks to an implementation grant supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there are six health systems throughout the United States that do, including the University of Miami Health System (UHealth).

July 2, 2019
Miller School Public Health Researchers to Participate in the HEALing Communities Study

Kathryn McCollister, Ph.D., director of the Division of Health Service and Policy, and Daniel Feaster, Ph.D., associate professor of public health sciences, will participate in the HEALing Communities Study, one of the four areas within the Helping End Addiction Long-term (HEAL), an initiative taking place to halt the national opioid public health crisis.

July 1, 2019
Public Health Researchers Begin a Collaboration between the University of Miami and Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil

John Beier, Sc.D., professor of public health, and Andre B. B. Wilke, Ph.D., a post-doctorate associate, both from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, traveled to Guayaquil, Ecuador to begin a collaboration between the University of Miami and the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil (UCSG), a private, Catholic, higher education center.

June 28, 2019
Dr. Mariano Kanamori Selected as a Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar 

The HDRI, hosted by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), will take place on August 12 to 16, 2019 in Bethesda, Md. The goal of the HDRI is to support the career development of promising minority health and health disparities research scientists, as well as to stimulate research in the disciplines supported by health disparities science.

 June 27, 2019
Dr. Guillermo “Willy” Prado Named President of the Society for Prevention Research

Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., dean of the University of Miami graduate school and professor of public health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was announced president of the Society of Preventative Research (SPR) – an organization that he has been a member of for 17 years.

 June 12, 2019
Public Health Experts Working with MedGlobal, Inc.

Hermes Florez, MD, Ph.D., MPH,  professor of public health sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Denisse Pareja, Ph.D., research assistant for Dr. Florez and a graduate from the University of Miami Department of Public Health Sciences, are working on a partnership with MedGlobal, Inc., a medical nonprofit based in Chicago that works to provide health care for vulnerable populations.

June 12, 2019
Department of Public Health Sciences Host the Third Climate and Health Symposium

The Miller School's Department of Public Health Sciences, in collaboration with the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS), hosted the Third Climate and Health Symposium on Saturday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Scientists, researchers, managers, and policymakers came together to discuss the direct and indirect effects of climate on health.

May 29, 2019
Study Shows Association Between Neighborhood Greenness and Heart Disease

Public Health researchers find that neighborhood greenness may be associated with reducing four specific types of heart disease.

March 5, 2019
Public health researchers find an association between fluctuating incomes and heart disease

According to a study published in Circulation, income volatility, a sudden and unpredictable change in income, has a strong association with cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality, proposing new clinical implications for individuals experiencing the disease.

January 10, 2019