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Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics


2016 Seminar Series

Current Issues in Epidemiologic Research

June 13 - June 29, 2016
12:30pm to 1:30 pm
Bloomberg School of Public Health

Monday, June 1

MorabiaDo We Still Need Departments of Epidemiology in Schools of Public Health

Alfredo Morabia MD, PhD
Professor of Clinical Public Health (Epidemiology), Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Dr. Morabia is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Public Health, and editor of "Epidemiology in History" in the American Journal of Epidemiology .


Tuesday, June 14

Allen WilcoxBeyond Public Health: Epidemiology as a Basic Science

Allen Wilcox, MD, PhD
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Dr. Wilcox heads the Reproductive Epidemiology Group at NIEHS, and has a secondary appointment in the NIEHS Reproductive & Developmental Biology Laboratory. His research falls into three areas: fertility, conception and early pregnancy; birth weight and preterm delivery; fetal development and childhood health


Wednesday, June 15 Thomas

A History of the Future of Epidemiology: Past Prediction, Right and Wrong, From Leading Epidemiologists

Karen Kruse, PhD
Communications Associate and School Historian,

Dr. Kruse's  Health and Humanity: A History of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1935-1985,  explores the development of public health at Johns Hopkins, set in the context of mid-twentieth century public health education, research and policy. The book is slated for publication by Johns Hopkins University Press in June.



Thursday, June 16 Celentano

The Epidemiology and Treament of HIV Infection Among MSM in Urban India

David Celentano, ScD, MHS
Charles Armstrong Chair and Professor, Department of Epidemiology, JHSPH

Dr.Celentano’s research integrates behavioral science theory and research with epidemiology methods in the study of behavioral and social epidemiology. He has worked on some of the major cohort studies (ALIVE, MACS) in HIV epidemiology, as well as conducted intervention research in the USA for heterosexual men and women, injection drug users, and young men who have sex with men.


Friday, June 17 Platz

Reducing Your Risk of Cancer

Elizabeth Platz, ScD, MPH
Professor and Martin D. Abeloff MD Scholar in Cancer Prevention, Department of Epidemiology, JHSPH

Dr. Platz is a cancer epidemiologist, whose research on prostate and colon cancers sits at the interface between epidemiology and basic science. She studies the association of genetic and epigenetic factors as well as circulating markers of androgenicity, inflammation, and oxidation with prostate cancer incidence and recurrence.


Monday, June 20 Kirk

HIV and Aging: Biology vs. Behavior?

Gregory Kirk, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Epidemiology, JHSPH

Dr. Kirk's research examines the natural history of viral infections, particularly HIV and the hepatitis viruses, in both domestic and international settings.


Tuesday, June 21 spira

Sleeping, Aging, And Dementia

Adam Spira, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Mental Health, JHSPH

Dr. Spira's research is focused on understanding the association of sleep disturbances and psychopathology with cognitive and functional outcomes in later life.


Thursday, June 23Deal

Have You Heard? Hearing Loss and Dementia: Public Health Implications for Older Adults

Jennifer Deal, PhD, MS
Assistant Scientist, Department of Epidemiology

Trained in the epidemiology of aging, Dr. Deal studies how hearing impairment and physiologic factors that are related to vascular disease (e.g., anemia, heart rate variability) influence cognitive function in order to inform strategies for the primary prevention of cognitive decline and dementia in older adults.


Wednesday, June 22 selvin

Falling Incidence of Diabetes in the U.S.: Should We Believe the Data?

Elizabeth Selvin, PhD
Professor, Department of Epidemiology, JHSPH

Dr. Selvin's research focuses on the study of biomarkers and diagnostics relavant to diabetes and its complications. Her work on the association of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) with complications and its role in the diagnosis of diabetes has directly influenced clinical practice guidelines


Friday, June 24 Ribeiro

Geo-Processing and Public Health

Helena Ribeiro, PhD
Professor, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil

Dr. Helena Ribeiro is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the University of São Paulo. Her research in Geosciences is on Geographical Climatology applied to the following areas: environmental health, urban health, medical geography, air pollution, climate changes and environmental education


Monday, June 27 Bandeen-Roche

Frailty in the Older Population: The Basic Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Beyond

Karen Bandeen-Roche, PhD
Hurley-Dorrier Professor and Chair,
Department of Biostatistics, JHSPH

Dr. Bandeen-Roche's primary area of research is the development, implementation, and application of models for underlying or unobservable processes, including problems like mixture models, measurement error models, and random effects models.


Tuesday, June 28Kuller

The Epidemic of Increased Mortality Among Middle-Aged Whites in the United States

Lewis Kuller, MD, DrPh
Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health

Dr. Kuller is nationally recognized for his contributions in the study of cardiovascular disease and the use of non-invasive techniques such as ultrasound, to detect early heart disease in people without symptoms.

Wednesday, June 29 sharrett

Aging. What it is.  What it is not. How can we find out?

Richey Sharrett, PhD
Professor, Department of Epidemiology, JHSPH

Dr. Sharrett's research interests include the the role of microvascular changes in ischemia and vascular risk factors contribution to dementia.