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EpiHour Seminar Series
|When|| Dec 11, 2014 01:50 PM
Jun 28, 2015 01:50 PM
|Contact Name||Kira Taylor|
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The Department of Epidemiology and Population Health is hosting EpiHour, a seminar series that will meet most Thursdays from 12 to 1 p.m. at the School of Public Health and Information Sciences (485 E. Gray St.) All faculty and staff are invited to attend. If you have questions about EpiHour, please contact Dr. Kira Taylor.
Jelani Kerr, PhD, MSPH
Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
Title: HIV Among African American Youth: The Role of Stigma and Strategies to Address It
HIV/AIDS among African Americans is a priority health concern in the US, but HIV-related stigma undermines large-scale risk-reduction approaches. Understanding factors related to stigma is critical for addressing racial/ethnic disparities. Dr. Kerr will discuss this stigma among African American youth and intervention considerations to reduce it.
Monica Wendel, DrPH, MPH
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice
Associate Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
Presentation Title: Promoting Social & Health Equity: The Role of Community Context
Public health and a variety of related disciplines have recently developed a strong emphasis on health equity and the alleviation of health disparities. This attention recognizes the myriad social and structural factors that influence how disparities emerge and are reinforced in a population; however, many intervention strategies fail to address those social and structural factors, which may limit their effectiveness. Dr. Wendel will discuss the role of community context in addressing health disparities.
LaQuandra Nesbitt, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences
Director, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness
Title: The Intersection of Public Health Practice, Policy, and Epidemiology
Craig Blakely, PhD, MPH, Dean
Title: Social Epi Meets Policy Change: The Case for Universal Access to Prenatal Care in Michigan
The discussion will focus on a convergence of political actions that created a population health crisis in the state and the resultant maneuverings that led to a solution.
Riten Mitra, PhD, Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
Title: Bayesian Hierarchical Algorithms for Clustering: Applications to Genomic and Sociological Data
In this talk, I will focus on the application of Bayesian hierarchical models in clustering high dimensional data. Such data are now very common in many areas like genomics and drug design, where the clusters correspond to genomic regions or groups of chemicals. I shall illustrate the advantages of Bayesian solutions over other competing models through some specific real data examples. I will then talk a bit on how we can use such clusters for prediction, drawing some parallels to regression based techniques. Next, I will introduce a rich dataset from a nationwide family health survey conducted in India in 2004-05. I will discuss the use of similar strategies in finding meaningful predictors of domestic violence and generating interesting sociological hypotheses.
Gary Hoyle, PhD, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Title: Health Effects of Irritant Gas Exposure and Search for Treatments
Humans can be exposed to irritant gases via the accidental release of industrial chemicals or the intentional deployment of chemical weapons. Inhalation of irritant gases such as chlorine can produce acute lung injury as well as chronic respiratory disease. Detailed characterization of these diseases has been challenging because of the sporadic nature of exposure events. Epidemiological studies involving follow-up of victims of inhalation exposures are crucial for advancing our understanding in this area and for developing effective treatments. The talk will discuss the effects of irritant gases on the lungs, the development of laboratory models for studying lung injury, strategies for assessing efficacy of treatments, and the importance of combining epidemiological and basic laboratory approaches for developing novel therapies for lung disease resulting from irritant gas exposure.
Jeremy Gaskins,PhD, Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
Title: Dealing with Missing Data in Public Health ResearchMissing data is a constant difficulty facing researchers in the public health arena. In this talk, I will discuss the importance of appropriately considering the reasons for the missing values, as well as the pitfalls encountered in analysis when we fail to do this. Missing data is categorized into three types based on the assumed relationship between the responses and whether or not we observe them. Each of these types will be discussed along with an overview of the appropriate statistical methods for each. Data from a smoking cessation trial that experienced a high rate of dropout will provide motivation.
Rachel Neal, PhD
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Title: Influence of Developmental CSE on Tissue Specific Glucose Metabolism
Kira Taylor, PhD, Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Population Health
Title: Variation in Human Fertility
During this EpiHour, known and possible causes of variation in human fertility will be discussed. What factors have been associated with reduced fertility and infertility? What are methodological challenges with epidemiological studies of fertility? Dr. Taylor will discuss some of her own (past and future) research in this area, using data from a prospective cohort study of fecundability among women office workers.
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