Additional News

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.

Should exercise be what the doctor order for depression?

Thanks to all for a great department picnic

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

The annual department picnic for students, faculty and staff is Friday, September 15th.  More information will be available in the coming weeks.

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

Recently Funded Grants

Jean Kerver, PhD, MSc, RD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. $500,000. Food as Medicine for Older Adults with Chronic Health Conditions. 7/1/18–6/30/20. Awarded by Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

Qing Lu, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. $2,205,238. Computational Efficient Statistical Tools for Analyzing Substance Dependence Sequencing. 09/01/2017 – 08/31/2022. Awarded by NIH.

 Honglei Chen, PhD, MD, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. $1,500,000. Airborne Pollutants as Triggers of Parkinson’ Disease via the Olfactory System. 9/1/2017-8/31/2021. Awarded by DOD.

Claire Margerison-Zilko, PhD Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
$25,000 Impacts of the 2014 ACA Medicaid Expansion on Pre-Conception and Pregnancy Health in Michigan and Across the United States 2017-2018 Awarded by MSU/MAPPR/IPPSR

Claire Margerison-Zilko, PhD Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
$9904 Grant  Community-level Determinants of Suicidal Behavior: Preliminary Evidence from California. 7/1/17-6/30/18 Awarded by NIH Pilot Proposal R24 AG045061

Zhehui Luo, Ph.D., M.S., B.S. - Associate Professor Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
$240,138 Grant "Why is use of Medicare Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity Benefit so Low? Finding what works to promote Wider Dissemination"  09/30/2016-09/29/2019 University of Colorado/NIH 

Qing Lu, Ph.D., Associate Professor Epidemiology & Biostatistics$50,000 Grant Conputationall Efficient Statistical Tool for Analyzing Substance Dependence Sequencing Data 5/30/17-11/30/18 MSU-DFI Match of $25,000 EPI and CHM Matched

Recent Publications

Carol A Janney, Jared M. Greenberg, Tannaz Moin, Hyungjin Myra Kim, Robert G. Holleman, Maria Hughes,Laura J. Damschroder, Caroline R. Richardson, Alex S. Young, Nanette Steinle. Does mental health influence weight loss in adults with prediabetes? Findings from the VA Diabetes Prevention Program. General Hospital Psychiatry. (accepted)

Palta P, Chen H, Deal JA, Sharrett AR, Gross A, Knopman D, Griswold M, Heiss
G, Mosley TH. Olfactory function and neurocognitive outcomes in old age: The
Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Neurocognitive Study. Alzheimers Dement. 2018 Mar 29. pii: S1552-5260(18)30073-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2018.02.019. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29605223.

2017 Publications

2016 Publications