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Kristen Upson, PhD, joined the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics as assistant professor, coming to MSU from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina. Dr. Upson is an epidemiologist with a particular interest in the role of environmental factors early in life and during the reproductive years in the development of benign gynecologic conditions, including endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and menstrual disorders. She is currently supported by a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research to investigate modifiable factors that may affect the body’s absorption of toxic metals and the role of metals on uterine fibroid risk in young African-American women.


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Diana Haggerty, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics PhD candidate has been awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship for Spring Semester 2019.

Congratulations to Diana on her  successful application for this fellowship and best wishes on the completion of her dissertation!

Dr. Christopher Thompson, M.D., M.H.I., received a travel award from the National Institutes on Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA) to present findings from his research on the diagnosis of cannabis problems among adolescents in the United States. He launched this research when he was Postdoctoral Fellow in the NIDA T32 Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Program of the CHM Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics. In his work, he identified several problems with current standardized diagnostic approaches that are used to evaluate levels of cannabis use disorders in adolescents, and he proposed solutions to eliminate these diagnostic problems. This work was completed in collaboration with Karl C. Alcover, Ph.D., and James C. Anthony, Ph.D., and with technical consultation from Hui G. Cheng, Ph.D. 

Carol A Janney received recognition as a top reviewer for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine for 2017 that was based on quality rankings of all peer reviews performed for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine over the past year. Her name will be printed alongside other outstanding reviewers in their April print and online issue. This is the third year Dr. Janney has received this recognition.

Clinical trial to combine breastfeeding support, weight management

Michigan State University is sponsoring a clinical trial to test an intervention that combines home visiting by experienced peer counselors with a smart phone-based weight control program. The aim is to help African-American mothers in Detroit to breastfeed their babies longer, and also help them get back to the weight they were before they became pregnant. The trial will help guide policies in the state and has the potential to improve the health of both mothers and babies. Jean M. Kerver, PhD, serves as the principal investigator. The researchers plan to enroll 60 women and complete the study in November 2018.

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Another Year, Another GREAT PICNIC

Thanks to all for a great department picnic

Graduate Orientation was held on Tuesday, August 29th. Looking forward to a great year.

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Chair, Dr. Claudia Holzman is the winner of the 2017 SPER (Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research) Mentoring Award. The award, which includes a $500 prize, will be presented on June 20, during the annual SPER meeting in Seattle, WA.

Danielle Nicklas, undergraduate student working with Dr. Lixin Zhang, presented her research on “Antibiotic resistance among poultry farming communities in rural Ecuador” at the 19th annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) on April 9th. Her poster presentation won first place in the Epidemiology and Public Health section

James C. Anthony, National Hispanic Science Network's National Award for Excellence in Research by a Senior Investigator:  See page 5

James C. Anthony, American Public Health Association's Rema LaPouse Award. Rema Lapouse Award is granted to an outstanding scientist in the area of psychiatric epidemiology in recognition of "significant contributions to the scientific understanding of the epidemiology and control of mental disorders. It is sponsored by the Mental Health, Epidemiology, and Applied Statistics Sections of the American Public Health Association in Washington D.C. Received at APHA annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, November 2016