Topic: faculty stories

Meredith Rosenthal, Paula Johnson elected to Institute of Medicine

Meredith Rosenthal, professor of health economics and policy at Harvard School of Public Health, was one of 70 new members elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the National Academies announced October 20, 2014. Election to the IOM is considered one of…

Financial well-being and health

October 6, 2014 -- A new study by HSPH’s Reginald Tucker-Seeley and colleagues found that the depletion of a family’s financial resources was a significant predictor of intensive end-of-life care. In particular, their study found that families facing financial hardship were three…

Digging for research gold in electronic medical records

September 25, 2014 — For scientists who study rare diseases, hospitals’ vast data banks hold tantalizing potential. Access to anonymized electronic medical records allows researchers to track the progress of a larger group of patients than would be possible in a traditional…

Big data's big visionary

[ Fall 2014 ] As cholera swept through London in the mid-19th century, a physician named John Snow painstakingly drew a paper map indicating clusters of homes where the deadly waterborne infection had struck. In an iconic feat in public health history,…

Q & A: When lab research threatens humanity

[ Fall 2014 ] Is bench research that creates a lethal, contagious bird flu virus worth the risk that the virus could escape the lab? Not according to Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health. With Alison P.…

Off the cuff: What can microbes teach us about cancer?

[ Fall 2014 ] Wendy Garrett, Associate Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases Wendy Garrett specializes in studying the human gut— the part of our anatomy that carries the greatest number of microbes—and the possible links between these hordes of bacteria and…

In memoriam: Prof. Marc Roberts, health systems expert

July 28, 2014 Dear Members of the HSPH Community: It is with great sadness that I write to report the sudden death this past weekend of Professor Marc Roberts of the Department of Health Policy and Management and the Department of Global…

Growth, size of babies worldwide remarkably similar

July 29, 2014 -- Ana Langer, director of the Women and Health Initiative and Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at Harvard School of Public Health, says that new findings from an international study on fetal growth and birth length debunk longstanding beliefs that…

Seventeen HSPH faculty among most cited in their fields

July 10, 2014 -- Seventeen Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) faculty members—more faculty than at any other school of public health—have been included on a new list of the most highly cited researchers in the sciences and the social sciences, compiled…