Epi News Archive

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Summer 2015

  • Dr. Sonia Hernandez-Diaz and her team received one of the “Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement awards in the US for 2015″ for their pro-ject “Antidepressant use in pregnancy and the risk of cardiac defects”. N Engl J Med. 2014, 370(25):2397-407.
  • Dr. Karestan C. Koenen was awarded the 2015 Award for
    Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology.

Spring 2015

Winter 2014

Fall 2014

Spring and Summer 2014

      • The Importance of “Big Data”; Nathan Eagle, adjunct assistant professor in Epi, works on engineering computational tools to explore how data can be used for positive social impact.  Read the full article from Harvard News here.
      • “Sugar, Salt, and Supplements: Sorting the Science” – Epi faculty members discuss the public health implications of food-product label changes recently announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at a HSPH Forum panel discussion.
      • Several members of the department co-authored one of the American Journal of Epidemiology 2013 Articles of the Year, “Incidence of Adult-onset Asthma After Hypothetical Interventions on Body Mass Index and Physical Activity: An Application of the Parametric G-Formula”.  The paper’s first author is Judith Garcia-Aymerich, who was a visiting scientist in the department when this paper was written.  Co-authors include Raphaëlle VarrasoGoodarz DanaeiCarlos A. Camargo, Jr. and Miguel A. Hernan.
      • Epi in Space– An exciting new study led by NASA’s Human Research Program and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute will fund several investigations into the molecular, physiological and psychological effects of spaceflight in an effort to better understand the health impacts of human space exploration.  Identical twins Scott and Mark Kelly, both veteran astronauts, will be the focus of this study.  Scott Kelly will live aboard the International Space Station for one year while his twin brother, Mark Kelly, remains on Earth as a control.   PI Immaculata De Vivo and lab manager Pati Soule are collaborating with researchers at Colorado State University to analyze the effect of spaceflight on telomeres.  Telomeres are stretches of DNA found at the end of chromosomes; they shorten over time as cells divide and are associated with aging, cancer, and a higher risk of death.  The project, “Differential effects on telomeres and telomerase in twin astronauts associated with spaceflight” will study astronaut Scott Kelly’s telomeres during his year in space and compare them to his twin.  The researchers are excited to be a part of this first-of-its-kind investigation.
      • Anger can break your heart” – People who have angry outbursts appear to be at increased risk of heart attack or stroke, especially within the first two hours of an outburst, according to a study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital researchers including lead author Elizabeth Mostofsky as well as Epi professor, Murray Mittleman . Those with cardiovascular disease (CVD) are at particular risk.
      • New school meal standards significantly improve fruit and vegetable consumption- New federal standards launched in 2012 that require schools to offer healthier meals have led to increased fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. The study, the first to examine school food consumption both before and after the standards went into effect, contradicts criticisms that the new standards have increased food waste.  HSPH authors included Eric Rimm, senior author and associate professor in the departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition, and Paul Catalano, senior lecturer on biostatistics.
      • Nathan Eagle, adjunct assistant professor in Epi, works on engineering computational tools to explore how data can be used for positive social impact.  Read the article “Why Big Data is a Big Deal” for the full news story.
      • Battling drug-resistant “superbugs”: Watch the FORUM at HSPH from Wednesday, February 5th .  The fascinating discussion included Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the CCDD, Marc Lipsitch.

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