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Two COPH Students Receive Best Poster Awards at the 2013 Student Research Day

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Kelli Gruber, an MPH student in the epidemiology concentration, received the best poster award for her poster titled “Minimally Invasive Surgery for Colon Cancer.” In her poster summary, Kelli noted the following: “Colorectal cancer (CRC) is ranked third for cancer incidence and mortality in the United States. In fact, mortality from CRC is higher in the Midwestern states than in other parts of the country, which could be attributed to the large number of rural communities in the Midwest…. Continue Reading

Ashish Joshi, PhD, MD, MPH

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Joshi’s research interests include global health; multifaceted technology-mediated interventions to support chronic care; and computer-mediated health education, geovisualization, and health outcomes. Dr. Joshi blends his clinical medicine training with biomedical research, public health research, and computer science and engineering research. He uses technology-mediated, multifaceted interventions to support care of patients with chronic diseases. For example, Dr. Joshi designs and evaluates interventions that support disease prevention, monitoring, and management through technologies that are multifaceted, cost-effective, and accessible. He creates… Continue Reading

Fang Yu PhD: Methods to Identify Differentially Expressed Genes/Proteins Associated with Disease Progression or Intervention

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Fang Yu’s primary research interest focuses on analysis and development of Bayesian statistical methods for high-throughput data. High-throughput technique has been widely used to study the association between gene/protein expression and disease progression or prevention, and has greatly impacted multiple fields, including medicine and public health. Although these high-throughput tools offer rich biological information, they are highly error-prone, because many genes or proteins are monitored simultaneously with a relatively small sample size. On the other hand, the parallel… Continue Reading

Amr Soliman, MD, PhD: Multidisciplinary Cancer Epidemiology Research

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Soliman has developed a multidisciplinary cancer epidemiology research program in underserved and minority populations. Over the past 20 years, he has been collaborating with faculty in Middle Eastern countries and Africa and working with U.S. minority populations to develop a program in international cancer epidemiology and migration studies. This has led to a strong research infrastructure with several centers in Cyprus, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and Malawi to investigate the epidemiology of colorectal, pancreatic, hematopoietic,… Continue Reading

Todd Wyatt, PhD: Research into the Effects of Agricultural Dust Exposures on Chronic Inflammatory Lung Disease

Spotlight on Research at COPH – A former popular tagline for the American Lung Association is “When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.” Unfortunately, this statement is true for too many Americans. Between 35-40 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In fact, these kinds of ongoing, progressive lung diseases are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. Treatment and management of chronic lung disease costs our nation in excess of… Continue Reading

Plaza Partnership: Supporting Collaborative Health Sciences Research

Spotlight on Research at COPH – The scene: Ten tables of four are spread throughout a meeting room, covered with large pieces of paper, markers and post-its. At each table sit individuals who, regardless of occupation or discipline, share mutual interest in and passion for the health of the South Omaha community. The room buzzes with conversation around a single question posed to the group: What will it look like and feel like when a truly trustworthy relationship is in place that fosters the research… Continue Reading

Fernando Wilson, PhD: Research on Public Health Policy and Health Services

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Wilson studies public health issues using econometrics. Econometrics brings together economics, mathematics, and statistics to analyze data. This type of analysis allows researchers to test theories, forecast outcomes, and evaluate policies. Currently, Dr. Wilson is principal investigator for a project examining the effectiveness of state distracted driving policies in decreasing motor vehicle injuries and fatalities. This work is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Law Research program. Driving while distracted has become a high profile… Continue Reading