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Summer Epidemiology Research in a Mediterranean Island

UNMC College of Public Health Faculty, Dr. Evi Farazi, and two Master of Public Health (MPH)-Epidemiology students, Ellana Haakenstad and Emma Schultz, spent part of this past summer setting up research projects at the Bank of Cyprus Oncology Center, the largest oncology treatment center in Cyprus, a small island in the Eastern Mediterranean. The students received an award from the Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations program at UNMC, headed by Dr. Amr Soliman, for their summer work which was executed. Both projects were based… Continue Reading

Faculty and Student Research Awards

Each year the College of Public Health awards the Chancellor Robert D. Sparks, M.D., Award in Public Health and Preventive Medicine to a person who has shown outstanding innovation and impact on preventing disease and promoting health through public health education, research, and practice, with particular attention to the needs of Nebraska and its citizens.  The selection is based on the degree to which an individual demonstrates excellence, creativity, and/or distinguished collaboration in advancing effective approaches to preventing disease and promotion of health through public… Continue Reading

COPH Aims to Make an Impact with Innovative Research in Four Strategic Areas

Spotlight on Research at COPH –  In 2014, the COPH launched a collaborative strategic planning process with participation and input from faculty, professional staff, students, alumni, and community partners. Through this process four priority areas were identified, for which the College will be recognized as world leaders and which support the College’s overarching goal to make Nebraska the healthiest and most equitable state by 2020. To help achieve goals in each of the priority areas, Dean Ali Khan provided Innovation Funds for competitive research projects… Continue Reading

Novel Intervention Models to Advance Public Health

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Paul Estabrooks, Ph.D. is a professor and the Harold M. Maurer Distinguished Chair of Public Health for the Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health. Over the previous 20 years, Dr. Estabrooks has engaged in integrated research-practice partnerships to develop and test effective, practical, and sustainable physical activity, nutrition, and weight control interventions. Dr. Estabrooks’ work has focused on the integration of research and practice at the systems level, as this results in interventions that benefit from traditional research… Continue Reading

Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health Recommended for 5 More Years of Funding

Spotlight on Research at COPH – The Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH), a NIOSH agricultural forestry and fishing Center, has received recommendation for a second 5 year cycle of funding beginning September 2016. The aims of CS-CASH are to conduct high quality research and translate scientific discoveries into practical applications to reduce the burden of injury and illness among farmers, ranchers, their families, and workers. The Center has high scientific and technical competency, is forward looking, and has a strong network… Continue Reading

Annual UNMC College of Public Health Student Research Day

Student Research Day

Spotlight on Research at COPH –The Annual Student Research Day held April 6, 2016, at UNMC’s College of Public Health continues to grow, and showcase some of the outstanding work being done by COPH students. This year’s event was held during National Public Health Week, on April 6th, and featured poster presentations from a mix of MPH and Ph.D. students. Dr. Tricia D. LeVan, Chair of the COPH Research Committee, which helps organize the event commented, “We had 20 poster presentations this year, and I… Continue Reading

Todd Wyatt, PhD examines dust exposure and lung disease

Todd Wyatt, PhD is a professor with a primary appointment in the College of Public Health, Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health. He also has appointments as professor in the College of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep & Allergy and serves as a Research Career Scientist at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Healthcare System. Dr. Wyatt’s research into the effects of organic dust exposure on lung function, like that experienced by agricultural workers in confined animal feeding operations, is funded in part by… Continue Reading