EpiHour Seminar Series

When Apr 12, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
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The Department of Epidemiology and Population Health is hosting EpiHour, a seminar series that will meet select Thursdays from 12 to 1 p.m. at the School of Public Health and Information Sciences (Room 103, 485 E. Gray St.) All faculty and staff are invited to attend. If you have questions about EpiHour, please contact Dr. Kathy Baumgartner.


Sept. 22, 2016
"Impact of Hospital Scheduling on Follow-Up Appointments After Failed Newborn Hearing Screening"
Liza M. Creel, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Management and Systems Sciences
Commonwealth Scholar, Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky
UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences

Oct. 13, 2016
“HPV Vaccination in Girls and Boys: Current Trends in the Decision to Vaccinate or Not"
Scott LaJoie, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences 
UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences

Nov. 10, 2016
"Tracking the HIV Epidemic in Louisville"
Joann Schulte, DO, MPH
Director, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness
Associate Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology & Population Health, UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences

Jan. 12, 2017
“HIV & Hepatitis C – A Public Health Emergency of Nationwide Concern: Kentucky & Indiana’s Local Response Webinar”
Doug Thoroughman, PhD, MS, CAPT, US Public Health Service, CDC Career Epidemiology Field Officer, Kentucky Department for Public Health
Joan Duwve, MD, MPH, Associate Dean of Public Health Practice, Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Jan. 19, 2017
“Developing Collaborative Health Literacy Interventions for West Louisville”
Ryan Combs, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences 
UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences

March 2, 2017
“Coal Ash and Children’s Neurobehavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky”
Kristina Zierold, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health
UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences

April 6, 2017
"Nutritional Risk Factors for Childhood Leukemia”
Frank Groves, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health
UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences 

April 12, 2017
“Investigation of a Cluster of Rapidly-Growing Mycobacteria Infections Associated with Joint Replacement Surgery in a Kentucky Hospital”
Matthew Groenewold, PhD, MSPH, NREMT
Epidemiologist, US Public Health Service 
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 


Jan. 14, 2016Dr. Anne Wallis, SPHIS, Departments of Epidemiology & Population Health and Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Jan. 28, 2016Dr. Therese Hughes, Epidemiologist, Baptist Health Lexington
"Burden of infectious diseases for hospitals: A global perspective"
March 10, 2016Dr. Qi Zheng, SPHIS, Department of Bioinformatics & Biostatistics
“Survival Impact Index and Ultrahigh-dimensional Model-free Screening with Survival Outcomes”
March 24, 2016

Dr. Neal Roberts, Professor of Medicine, Chief of Rheumatology, Division of Rheumatology
"Racial/Ethnic variation in morbidity and mortality rates in systemic lupus erythematosus: modifiable risk"

March 31, 2016

Dr. Frank Groves, Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health
“Contrasting Racial Patterns of Anemia & Leukemia in US Preschool Children – Are They Related?”

Oct. 29, 2015

Karen Kayser, MSW, PhD, and Barbara Head, RN, MSSW, PhD, will present "Flat Broke with Cancer: The Lived Experiences of Cancer Survivors and Financial Toxicity." The cost of cancer care is escalating at an alarming rate. Patients—insured and underinsured—are faced with overwhelming burdens that can affect their quality of life for years beyond diagnosis.  U of L professors Drs. Kayser and Head will present findings from an ongoing study on the financial consequences of cancer.

Oct. 22, 2015

On Oct. 22, the Epi Hour speaker will be Doug Thoroughman, PhD, MS, a Captain in the US Public Health Service and a CDC Career Epidemiology Field Officer working at the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Dr. Thoroughman will present, “Careers in Public Health: From the Battle Front to the Ivory Tower,” discussing the array of career options available to epidemiologists and other public health professionals, including local and state health department positions, federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control, and international organizations.  Based on his life and experiences, he will offer overarching career guidance, as well as give details about various possibilities such as the U.S. Peace Corps, the Epidemic Intelligence Service, the Career Epidemiology Field Officer Program, Service at the CDC, and the US Public Health Service.

Oct. 8, 2015

Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of the Diabetes and Obesity Center, will present, “Environmental Cardiology:  Air Pollution and Heart Disease.” Dr. Bhatnagar will review the evidence supporting the view that environmental factors play a predominant role in determining heart disease risk. He will discuss how components of the natural environment and the community environment affect cardiovascular health, in particular, how exposure to environmental pollutants induces cardiovascular injury and increases the cardiovascular disease risk.

Sept. 10, 2015

Bert Little, PhD, Health Management and Systems Sciences will present, "The Oaxaca Project - Type 2 Diabetes: Value of Human Isolates”. Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is an epidemic in many parts of the world, particularly developing countries. Amerindian (indigenous) populations have exceptionally high prevalence of T2D. Two genetic isolates in the Valley of Oaxaca, southern Mexico are compared. Zapotecs have a high T2D prevalence (~20%), and a comparable group with a different genetic history, Mixe, have a prevalence of 6%.

Sept. 24, 2015

Thomas Wilson, PhD, DrPH, will present “Broken Down by Age and Sex:  Sorted Tales from an Entrepreneurial Epidemiologist”. Dr. Wilson, a member of the current Louisville-based XlerateHealth cohort and a “recovering academic,” will discuss the trials and tribulations of the transition from a “public health” perspective, based mostly on governmental support, to a broader “population health” perspective, based on both private and public support.


April 9, 2015

Please join us for EpiHour on Thursday, April 9th, at 12 noon in Room 001. Dr. Muriel Harris, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor and Director of the PhD Program in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences will  present, “The Spread of Ebola and the Subsequent Public Health Emergency.”

Learning Objective: Explain the factors that influenced the spread and distribution of Ebola Virus Disease in a low income country.

March 12, 2015

Goetz Kloecker, MD, MBA, MSPH, FACP
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Medical Oncology Hematology Fellowship Program
Director, Multi-Disciplinary Thoracic Oncology Clinic

Dr. Kloecker will present “Disparities in Lung Cancer Mortality and Management”. The epidemic of lung cancer over the last century still requires a better analysis to explain the disparities in management and outcomes.  Kentucky has the   highest mortality rates of lung cancer in the country.  There are significant     geographic differences of management and mortality of lung cancer within our state.  The talk will describe the “Kentucky Lung Cancer Survivorship Grant” and early findings of this three-year project.

Feb. 12, 2015

Carol Hanchette, PhD
Associate Professor
Dept. of Geography and Geosciences, UofL

Title: Medical Geography:  Exploring Health, Disease and Environment through a Geographic Lens”

Jan. 29, 2015

Timothy Wiemken, PhD, MPH, CIC
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Director of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
University of Louisville School of Medicine; Division of Infectious Diseases

In this EpiHour, we will cover the current and past research areas in the UofL Division of Infectious Diseases.  We will discuss opportunities for translational research in an academic environment and the link between traditional public health and academic epidemiology.

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