EpiHour Seminar Series

When Oct 23, 2014 01:50 PM to
Jun 28, 2015 01:50 PM
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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.

Fall 2014

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.

10/14/14 -- Room 103
Jeremy Gaskins,PhD, Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
Title: Dealing with Missing Data in Public Health Research

Missing 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.

9/11/14 -- Room 103Kira Taylor, PhD, Assistant Professor, in the 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.


Spring 2014

Date Speaker Topic Room
1/9/2014Kira TaylorTBD103
1/23/2014Diane Harper, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of Family and Geriatric MedicineLessons We Have Learned in Cervical Cancer Prevention and Early Detection103
1/30/2014Susan MuldoonLead Exposure in the Military: A Cause of Neuropsychological Dysfunction?103
2/13/2014Lisa CrabtreeKIP Survey - Background and Field Procedures103
3/6/2014Manuel CasanovaAutism and Neuropsychiatry103

Fall 2013

Date Speaker Topic Room
8/29/2013Dave HopkinsKY All Schedule Electronic Reporting (KASPER)001
9/05/2013James WittliffHormone Receptor Lab and Cancer001
9/12/2013Brad RoduTobacco Harm Reduction001
9/26/2013Steve WintersSHBG and the Metabolic Syndrome001
10/03/2013Richard BaumgartnerFifteen Years of the Health, Eating, Activity and Lifestyle Study: Summary of Findings001
10/10/2013David HeinEpidemiology of NAT2 polymorphisms001
10/24/2013Saeed JortaniTBD001
10/31/2013Avonne ConnerCancer Epidemiology103
11/07/2013Jaclyn NeeKentucky Cancer Registry103
11/14/2013Liz O'BrienTBD103
12/05/2013Kathy BaumgartnerTBD103

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