Topic: epidemiology

Carrying on the quest for an HIV vaccine

Donald Francis, SD ’79, has been in the front lines of the battle against AIDS since 1981 and was one of the first scientists to suggest that the then-mysterious disease was caused by an infectious agent. In the early 1980s, Francis directed…

Plastics: Danger where we least expect it

[Winter 2010] They hold your water, line your canned goods, and even help save sick babies. But are the potential health risks of certain plastics so great they outweigh the benefits? In the United States, local and state governments are banning the…

Poverty, disasters & health against all odds

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] The most powerful influences on population health are not the medical interventions that diagnose and treat disease. Rather, they are the broad social forces—war or peace, poverty or financial security, political oppression or fundamental human rights—that shape all…

Cancer is on the rise in developing countries

[Fall 2009] by Julio Frenk, MD, MPH, PhD Dean, Harvard School of Public Health While it's well known that cancer is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide, what is less recognized and understood is the significant growth of cancer in the developing…

Dean's message: HIV/AIDS at 30: Turning the corner

[ Spring/Summer 2011 ] Anniversaries compel us to reflect, to take stock, to inquire about how we can better carry out our missions. On the 30th anniversary of the first official report on what would be known as the HIV/AIDS epidemic—published by…

Tracking the long-term effects of lifesaving drugs

For more than 20 years, George Seage, associate professor of epidemiology, has explored the behavioral and biological aspects of HIV transmission. In September 2010, he received an $82.2 million, five-year grant—the second-largest award to the School, after the federal PEPFAR grant—to study two…

HSPH investigators help lead H1N1 research and response

[Fall 2009] Catching the flu before it catches the world As a new influenza pandemic this spring set off alarms in the global health community, Harvard School of Public Health scholars helped illuminate the crisis and lead a practical response. In a…

Millennium gift will redefine ranks of pharmacoepidemiologists

[ Spring 2013 ] |Phar • ma • co •|epi • demi • ologist: 1: A public health specialist who determines the effectiveness and safety of drugs, vaccines or medical devices by studying their effects in populations. 2: A practitioner in this fast-growing public health field for which…

Kay Professorship attracts leader in maternal and infant health

[ Winter 2012 ] Stephen Kay decided to establish a new professorship in epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health with a straightforward goal: to alleviate sickness and reduce deaths. Kay, who has also supported student financial aid at HSPH, called the School “extraordinary.”…