EpiHour Seminar Series

When Oct 29, 2015 12:00 PM to
May 16, 2016 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.


EpiHour is scheduled for the following dates. Please mark your calendar!

Sept. 10, 2015
Sept. 24, 2015
Oct. 8, 2015
Oct. 22, 2015
Oct. 29, 2015
Nov. 12, 2015
Dec. 10, 2015
Jan. 14, 2016
Jan. 28, 2016
Feb. 25, 2016
March 10, 2016
March 24, 2016
March 31, 2016
April 14, 2016
April 28, 2016
May 12, 2016

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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