Dr. Wen Qi Gan, Assistant Professor in the departments of Preventive Medicine & Environmental Health and Epidemiology, is the lead author on a new study linking the risk of heart disease to exposure to loud noise. “Compared with people with normal high-frequency hearing, people with bilateral high-frequency hearing loss were approximately two times more likely to have coronary heart disease,” said Dr. Gan.
Dr. David Mannino, Professor and Chair of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, collaborated with a national team of public health experts to develop a new tool designed to speed up the process of detecting and diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in moderately to severely impaired patients.
Dr. Ty Borders, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy and Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Endowed Chair in Rural Health Policy, is attending the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services meeting September 8-11, at the White Earth Indian Nation. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and develop policy recommendations focused on rural child poverty.
The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC), housed in the UK College of Public Health, has been awarded a grant totaling close to $4 Million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to combat prescription drug abuse and heroin use in the state. The Center will receive $940,000 per year for four years to fight opioid use across Kentucky.
The UK College of Public Health is offering a new graduate certificate in biostatistics, beginning this academic year. The certificate requires 15 credit hours of course work and provides students in academic programs outside of the Department of Biostatistics with the opportunity to gain a background in the design and analysis of biomedical studies.
Dr. Linda Alexander, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, has been elected to serve a three-year term as a Section Councilor for the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) section. ATOD Section Councilors provide leadership by shaping policies and procedures, as well as advocating for sound research in the area of prevention and treatment of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
CPH Researchers Margaret McGladrey and Dr. Rick Crosby recently served as guest editors for a new themed issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The issue focuses on academic and community research partnerships and the importance of these collaborations to effectively disseminate and implement practice-based methods to prevent cervical cancer. The issue also features the work of several other UK researchers, including CPH's Dr. Angela Carman, Dr. Anna Goodman Hoover, Dr. Robin Vanderpool, Tom Collins, and Lindsay Stradtman.
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Dr. Donna Arnett has been selected by University of Kentucky Provost Tim Tracy to serve as the next dean of the UK College of Public Health. Dr. Arnett is currently the associate dean and chair of the epidemiology department at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and formerly served as the president of the American Heart Association. "Dr. Arnett is a transformative leader whose core values of excellence, professionalism and innovation complement the university's mission," Provost Tracy said.
College of Public Health researchers Dr. Kate Eddens, Dr. Tom Tucker, Dr. Rick Crosby, and Tom Collins lend their insight to an article in this week's Newsweek, concerning the cancer epidemic in Appalachian Kentucky. Read the complete article here.