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Anti-violence teams surge as $50 million in Allegheny County funding flows
September 12, 2023

Anti-violence teams surge as $50 million in Allegheny County funding flows

When a victim of gun violence is brought to UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, a nurse in the trauma center might rush to their station and pick up a business card from Richard Garland. 

Ilyas Kamboh
September 7, 2023

Pitt Public Health researchers uncovered new genetic traits influencing Alzheimer's risk

Led by Ilyas Kamboh, professor of human genetics and epidemiology, the group found that, in addition to known gene variants associated with disease risk, there are at least 15 more variations in the APOE. 

Pitt Public Health students take what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to practicums, internships, residencies and other experiential learning opportunities throughout the country and the world
August 30, 2023

Working in Community

Students take the lead with summer programs.

Short-term use of immunosuppressants not linked to cancer risk in a study conducted by scientists
August 22, 2023

Short-term use of immunosuppressants not linked to cancer risk

New findings discovered by scientists at Pitt Public Health and Mass Eye and Ear provide reassurance to hesitant patients and clinicians.

Tiffany Gary Webb
August 21, 2023

Black Equity Coalition (BEC) Receives Grant from The de Beaumont Foundation

$1.1 million awarded for three years to BEC’s Data Justice Workgroup.

A $1.1 million grant from the de Beaumont Foundation is enabling the Black Equity Coalition’s Data Justice Workgroup to pursue data-driven initiatives with the City of Pittsburgh that advance racial justice and health equity among   the city’s Black communities,

Policies favoring high-volume hospitals may disadvantage rural cancer patients
August 18, 2023

Policies favoring high-volume hospitals may disadvantage rural cancer patients

With a shortage of experienced surgeons in rural America and rural hospital closures, providing appropriate surgical care to rural patients can be challenging.

A Pennsylvania study suggests links between fracking and asthma, lymphoma in children
August 16, 2023

A Pennsylvania study suggests links between fracking and asthma, lymphoma in children

The taxpayer-funded research by the University of Pittsburgh adds to a body of evidence suggesting links between the gas industry and certain health problems.

Tackling disparities: 3 ways to encourage flu shots in Black Allegheny County communities
August 15, 2023

Tackling disparities: 3 ways to encourage flu shots in Black Allegheny County communities

Local data on these disparities is not easily accessible, said Department of Epidemiology professor Tiffany Gary-Webb.

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health faculty
August 15, 2023

Breathe Pennsylvania lung health research grants

To investigate and improve asthma severity in populations living in neighborhoods with environmental justice concerns, researchers in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health are conducting a study in Homewood.

wo Summer Public Health Programs Spark Passion in Younger Generations
August 14, 2023

Two Summer Public Health Programs Spark Passion in Younger Generations

Summer programs at Pitt Public Health introduce younger generations to the field of public health

Coleman Drake
August 14, 2023

More adults think marijuana safer than tobacco despite similar health dangers, study finds

A recent flood of cannabis advertising makes it harder for officials to explain the different risks of marijuana smoking, vaping and edibles, said Coleman Drake, assistant professor of health policy and management.

Homeless Pittsburgh seniors struggle to find accessible housing, with shelters filling gaps
August 10, 2023

Homeless Pittsburgh seniors struggle to find accessible housing, with shelters filling gaps

"It’s a slippery slope for aging residents," said Evan Cole, research associate professor in health policy and management.

Christa Lese Martin, PhD
August 7, 2023

Alumni Spotlight: Christa Lese Martin, PhD

For Christa Lese Martin (PhD, HUGEN ’96), you might say the future was in her genes.

Though she had a high school interest in the biological sciences, Martin’s career path gained focus as she prepared for college. “I learned about the field of human genetics and decided then and there that was it,” she says. “And I haven’t turned back.”

In her research, Rockette-Wagner and her collaborators look at social-cognitive theory-based approaches to why people are or aren’t more active.
August 7, 2023

How ‘fit’ is Pittsburgh? The American College of Sports Medicine has the answer.

In her research, Rockette-Wagner and her collaborators look at social-cognitive theory-based approaches to why people are or aren’t more active.

Pitt study points to new opportunities for HIV treatment
July 31, 2023

Pitt study points to new opportunities for HIV treatment

"It seems that animals with SIV who don't progress (to AIDS) have better inflammation control," said Cristian Apetrei.