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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

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

Janney CA, K Fant Brzoznowski, CR Richardson, R Dopp, D Ganoczy, L. Emerson, AJ Mooney, M Segar, M Valenstein. Physical Activity Perspectives and Preferences of Outpatients Seeking Mental Health Services: Moving Towards Wellness Study: Quantitative Report. General Hospital Psychiatry (Accepted for publication).

H Li, J Cai, R Chen, Z Zhao, Z Ying, L Wang, J Chen, K Hao, P Kinney, H Chen, H Kan. Particulate Matter Exposure and Stress Hormone Levels: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Crossover Trial of Air Purification. Circulation 2017.

Rossi A, Berger K, Chen H, Leslie D, Mailman RB, Huang X. Projection of the prevalence of Parkinson's disease in the coming decades: Revisited. Mov Disord.2017 Jun 7. doi: 10.1002/mds.27063. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28590580.

Dong J, Pinto JM, Guo X, Alonso A, Tranah G, Cauley JA, Garcia M, Satterfield S, Huang X, Harris T, Mosley TH Jr, Chen H. The Prevalence of Anosmia and Associated Factors Among U.S. Black and White Older Adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2017 May 11. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glx081. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28498937.

Rinsky JL, Richardson DB, Wing S, Beard JD, Alavanja M, Beane Freeman LE, Chen H, Henneberger PK, Kamel F, Sandler DP, Hoppin JA. Assessing the potential for bias from non-response to a study follow-up interview: An example from the Agricultural Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2017 May 9. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwx098. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28486574.

GBD 2015 Tobacco Collaborators. Smoking prevalence and attributable disease burden in 195 countries and territories, 1990-2015: a systematic analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. Lancet. 2017 May 13;389(10082):1885-1906. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30819-X. Epub 2017 Apr 5. PubMed PMID: 28390697; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5439023.

Vagotomy and Parkinson disease: A Swedish register-based matched-cohort study.Liu B, Fang F, Pedersen NL, Tillander A, Ludvigsson JF, Ekbom A, Svenningsson P, Chen H, Wirdefeldt K. Neurology. 2017 Apr 26. pii: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000003961. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000003961. [Epub ahead of print]

Mental health and behavioral weight loss: 24-month outcomes in Veterans. Janney CA, Masheb RM, Lutes LD, Holleman RG, Kim HM, Gillon LR, Damschroder LJ, Richardson CR. J Affect Disord. 2017 Mar 11;215:197-204. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.03.003. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 28340446 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Centering Predictor Variables in Three-Level Contextual Models.
Brincks AM Enders CK, Llabre MM, Bulotsky-Shearer RJ, Prado G, Feaster DJ.
Multivariate Behav Res. 2016 Dec 7:0. [Epub ahead of print]
PubMed ID: 27925836

Parra-Cardona JR, Yeh HH, Anthony JC. Epidemiological research on parent-child conflict in the United States: subgroup variations by place of birth and ethnicity, 2002-2013. PeerJ. 2017 Jan 24;5:e2905. doi: 10.7717/peerj.2905. PubMed PMID: 28149684; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5267568.

Cheng HG, Anthony JC. A new era for drinking? Epidemiological evidence on adolescent male-female differences in drinking incidence in the United States and Europe. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2017 Jan;52(1):117-126. doi: 10.1007/s00127-016-1318-0. PubMed PMID: 27915406; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5233577.

Rossi A, Berger K, Chen H, Leslie D, Mailman RB, Huang X. Projection of the prevalence of Parkinson's disease in the coming decades: Revisited. Mov Disord.2017 Jun 7. doi: 10.1002/mds.27063. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28590580.

Lewis MM, Sterling NW, Du G, Lee EY, Shyu G, Goldenberg M, Allen T, Stetter C,Kong L, Snipes SA, Jones BC, Chen H, Mailman RB, Huang X. Lateralized basal ganglia vulnerability to pesticide exposure in asymptomatic agricultural workers.Toxicol Sci. 2017 Jun 19. doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfx126. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28633499.

Shrestha S, Kamel F, Umbach DM, Beane Freeman LE, Koutros S, Alavanja M, Sandler DP, Chen H. Nonmotor symptoms and Parkinson disease in United States farmers and spouses. PLoS One. 2017 Sep 27;12(9):e0185510. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185510. eCollection 2017. PubMed PMID: 28953962.

Montgomery MP, Postel E, Umbach DM, Richards M, Watson M, Blair A, Chen H, Sandler DP, Schmidt S, Kamel F. Pesticide Use and Age-Related Macular Degeneration in the Agricultural Health Study. Environ Health Perspect. 2017 Jul 19;125(7):077013. doi: 10.1289/EHP793. PubMed PMID: 28886597.

Hwasoon Kim, Alexander Grueneberg, Ana I. Vazquez, Stephen Hsu and Gustavo de los Campos. Will Big Data Close the Missing Heritability Gap? Genetics Early online September 11, 2017;

2016 Publications