Dr. Robin Vanderpool, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior, and Dr. Bin Huang, Assistant Professor in the Division of Cancer Biostatistics in the Department of Biostatistics, have been awarded special interest project grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for their work in the area of cancer research. Dr. Vanderpool has received a 5-year, $1.37 million grant to fund the Appalachian Center for Cancer Education, Screening, and Support (ACCESS), and Dr. Huang was awarded a 2-year, $250,000 award to improve Kentucky Cancer Registry (KCR) data through ancillary data linkage.
Dr. Anna Goodman Hoover, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy, is featured on the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences' (NIEHS) website. Her Grantee Profile, which appears on the Partnerships for Environmental Public Health page, highlights her background, training, and current work in the field of research translation. Read the full profile here.
Dr. F. Douglas Scutchfield, Peter P. Bosomworth Professor of Health Services Research and Policy, has edited a publication titled "The Letters of Thomas Merton and Victor and Carolyn Hammer: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam." The publication of Dr. Scutchfield's book, which was co-edited by Paul Evans Holbrook, Jr., will be celebrated during a public event at the Art Museum at UK on Friday, December 12th at 6:00 p.m.
Graham Rowles, PhD, Professor and Chair in the Department of Gerontology in the College of Public Health, has been awarded the 2015 Distinguished Faculty honor by the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education. The award recognizes individuals who exhibit exemplary, innovative, or impactful teaching in the field of gerontology.
Faculty members from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, Dr. Robin Vanderpool, Dr. Kate Eddens, and Dr. Jennifer Redmond Knight, are on a team that recently received $7 Million in grant funding from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation as part of its Bridging Cancer Care initiative. The project, named the Kentucky LEADS (Lung Cancer. Education. Awareness. Detection. Survivorship.) Collaborative, will work to reduce the burden of lung cancer in the state through an interdisciplinary approach involving community partners and cancer prevention and control experts.
The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC), a bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health, and housed within the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to develop data-driven multidisciplinary approaches to reduce prescription drug abuse and overdoses in Kentucky. The award is a collaborative effort between criminal justice and public health agencies to address the devastating problem of drug abuse and overdose in Kentucky.
UK College of Public Health Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior, Dr. Robin Vanderpool, has been named Co-Chair of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) Steering Committee for the current five-year funding cycle, running 2014-2019. In her role, she will lead the Committee's development of collaborations that facilitate the translation of research into practice and will help develop short term and long range plans for the achievement of the Network's goals.
The College of Public Health will hold a Grand Rounds on Thursday, November 20th at 11:00 in Nursing 511. The event will feature a panel discussion, "The Post-Election Forecast for Public Health and Healthcare Reform," with UK Public Health faculty, Dr. Julia Costich and Dr. Glen Mays participating, as well as Department of Behavioral Science faculty member, Dr. Hannah Knudsen. RSVPs for the event are requested by Tuesday, November 18th and can be sent to Nicole Howard. Lunch will be provided.
College of Public Health Scutchfield Endowed Professor in Health Services and Systems Research, Glen Mays, PhD, MPH, was a featured presenter on November 12, 2014, in Columbia University's Grand Rounds on the Future of Public Health. Dr. Mays delivered a discussion titled "Optimizing the Public Health System for Population Health Improvement: Structures, Economics and Metrics." He joins a roster of speakers across a wide range of disciplines, who will give presentations concerning the future of public health and the global challenges we face, during the school's series of Grand Rounds lectures this academic year. Watch a recording of Dr. Mays' presentation here: http://www.mailman.columbia.edu/events/livestream.
According to a research study conducted by UK College of Public Health Associate Professor, David Fardo, PhD, alumnus Brian Downer, PhD and others, light to moderate alcohol consumption by those over the age of 60 can support better memory function. The study, "Effects of Alcohol Consumption on Cognition and Regional Brain Volumes Among Older Adults" was recently published in the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias.