Epidemiology News

Alexander Sundermann
July 10, 2024

Dr. Alexander Sundermann joins Next Gen Diagnostics as its Director of Infection Prevention Services

Next Gen Diagnostics announces that Alexander Sundermann, assistant professor of epidemiology, has joined NGD as its Director of Infection Prevention Services.
Julie Bonnett, Photo Credit: Ashley Hoffman
July 8, 2024

When it comes to menopause, 'it's not all in your head,' and Pittsburgh-based research is proving it

Samar El Khoudary, a professor of epidemiology, researches cardiovascular disease in midlife women, and how menopause may contribute.
Plastic water bottles. Photo Credit: Getty Images
July 3, 2024

Plastics are everywhere and pose a real threat to our health

Jennifer Adibi, assistant professor of epidemiology said, “So, these chemicals are not bound within the product to something that would make it inert or unable to move out of the product.”
Seyoung Kim and Alexander J. Sundermann
July 2, 2024

Department of Epidemiology welcomes two new faculty

The Department of Epidemiology  is pleased to announce the faculty appointments of Seyoung Kim, PhD, as visiting associate professor and Alexander J. Sundermann, DrPH, MPH, as visiting assistant professor.
Mary Tranchine and Kim Beringer (second row, first and second from the left, respectively.)
July 1, 2024

After 40 years, these Pitt employees have seen plenty of change

Congratulations to Department of Epidemiology's Kim Beringer and Mary Tranchine for 40 years at the University of Pittsburgh!
Older women walking. Photo credit: Getty Images
June 28, 2024

Older women's health is woefully understudied

Jane Cauley, a distinguished professor of epidemiology , wants more data about the condition among older Black, Asian and Hispanic women, who are undertreated. She also wants better drugs with fewer side effects.
Photo credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
June 24, 2024

Record-breaking rise in deadly infections in Japan renews focus on the mysteries of strep

“When a patient comes in with group A strep in the blood, unless they have a wound, you often don’t know how it got into the body,” said Lee Harrison, professor of epidemiology and infectious diseases and microbiology.
June 21, 2024

Advocates listen and learn, celebrate and plan at first Environmental Justice Summit

May 9-11 was Pittsburgh’s first Environmental Justice Summit with the theme Reflections, Connections, and Collaborative Action.
Epi alum Kruthika Doreswamy
June 4, 2024

Alum Kruthika Doreswamy (EPI '22) receives Fulbright

Kruthika Doreswamy (EPI '22) is one of 13 Pitt students and alumni to be named award recipients by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
Amy Hartman and Dara Méndez
May 13, 2024

Dara Méndez and Amy Hartman selected as Health Sciences Ascending Star Awardees

Congratulations to Dara Méndez, associate director of the center for health equity and associate professor of epidemiology and Amy Hartman, associate professor of infectious diseases and microbiology, on receiving 2024 Ascending Star Awards.
Nicole Leckenby
May 7, 2024

Staff Spotlight: The Many Faces of Nicole Leckenby

There is more than one Nicole Leckenby.

One of them is on staff in the School of Public Health, where she is a post-award grants administrator for the Department of Epidemiology. Another is vice president of the Pleasant Hills Borough Council. Another is “soccer mom” to sons Liam and Colin, and wife to husband Brian, an information technology professional. Then there’s the one who writes children’s books.

Andrea Kozai and Benjamin Warner and poster award winners
May 6, 2024

2024 Postdoctoral Research Symposium award winners

Congratulations to Department of Epidemiology PhD students Andrea Kozai and Benjamin Warner on winning the Best Poster Presentation Award at the 17th annual University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Research Symposium!
Anne Newman
May 3, 2024

Grant funds study of inflammation’s effect on heart, brain health

Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH, former professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology, is coprincipal investigator on a $1.2 million, four-year study being funded by the American Heart Association.
April 22, 2024

Africa intensifies battle against mpox as ‘alarming’ outbreaks continue

The global outbreak helped bring new attention to mpox and led to a boom in research, Jean Nachega associate professor of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and Epidemiology says, but almost all of it came in Europe and North America.
Iva Miljkovic
April 16, 2024

Biomarkers may explain Caribbean women’s greater risk for Alzheimer’s disease

A study by led Iva Miljkovic, MD, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, was published in the April 12 issue of Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions, a journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.