Category Archives: News

Economic growth no cure for child undernutrition

As reported in this HSPH release, an article in the Harvard Gazette and this NPR blog, a large study published in The Lancet Global Health, co-authored by Pop Center faculty member S V Subramanian and former PGDA Fellow Sebastian Vollmer, finds that, contrary to widely held beliefs, economic growth has little to no effect on the nutritional status of the world’s poorest children. “They [the findings] emphasize,” said Subramanian, “that focusing on improving economic growth does not necessarily translate to child health gains.” Pop Center research scientist and director of  research core Jocelyn Finlay also contributed to the study.

Pande quoted in The Times of India article on high level of air pollution in Ludhiana

Rohini Pande, Ph.D., Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and a Pop Center faculty member, was quoted in this article in The Times of India on the health worries associated with the air pollution being twice as high in the city of Ludhiana as recommended by the World Health Organization.

Papachristos’ Study on Key Role of Networks in Gun Violence featured in Yale Daily News

A recent article in the Yale Daily News highlights the findings of a study co-authored by Andrew Papachristos, PhD, a scholar in the RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program at the Pop Center from 2010-2012, which reveals that networks play a key role in gun violence and how this insight could lead to improved gun violence prevention programs.

Block comments on Latin America’s lead in fight against junk foods

Jason Block, M.D. Assistant Professor, Obesity Prevention Program, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Pop Center faculty member, is quoted in this Guardian article titled “Latin America leads the fight against junk food with the US on the sidelines.”

Welcome to our Incoming Spiegelman Postdoctoral Fellow

We’re pleased to welcome in fall 2014 Germana Henry Leyna, MD, PhD, as our next Mortimer Spiegelman Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Leyna is a lecturer in Epidemiology at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania. As a fellow, she will investigate the influence of migration on risk factors to non-communicable diseases.