EpiHour Seminar Series

When Apr 09, 2015 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 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.




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.


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.


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

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


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.

Fall 2014



Jelani Kerr, PhD, MSPH
Assistant Professor
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
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.

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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