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Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics


2017 Seminar Series

Current Issues in Epidemiologic Research

June 13 - June 28, 2017
12:30pm to 1:30 pm
Room W5030
Bloomberg School of Public Health


Tuesday, June 13

Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins: A Century of DiscoveryCelentano

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

David Celentano, ScD '77, MHS '75, is Professor and Charles Armstrong Chair of the Department of Epidemiology, with joint appointments in International Health, Health, Society and Behavior and Medicine (School of Medicine). His research integrates behavioral science theory and research with epidemiology methods in the study of behavioral and social epidemiology.


Wednesday, June 14Cooper

Hypertension in Blacks: The Enduring Challenge of the Nature-Nurture Dialectic

Richard Cooper, M.D.
Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, Loyola University Medical School

Dr. Cooper's major research focus has been a description of the evolution of cardiovascular disease across the course of the African diaspora. This work has demonstrated the determining role of changing environmental conditions on the evolution of cardiovascular risk status among populations of African descent.


Thursday, June 15 Allen Wilcox

The Role of Intuition in Research: What They Don’t Teach You in Graduate School

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



Friday, June 16 Kuller

Breast Cancer in Older Women. Is Screening and Treatment for Localized Disease Very Good or Too Much?

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.


Monday, June 19 Allan Hildesheim, Ph.D.

HPV Vaccination: Research to Implementation and Back

Allan Hildsheim, PhD
Senior Investigator NCI, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch

Dr. Hildesheim was Chief of the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch from 2008-2017. He conducts large-scale population studies to investigate exogenous and host factors involved in the pathogenesis of DNA virus-related tumors. His research investigates  two groups of tumors—female gynecological cancers linked to HPV and nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) linked to EBV.


Tuesday, June 20 DPhelan

An Insider's Perspective on Applied Epidemiology

Darcy F. Phelan-Emrick, DrPH
Chief Epidemiologist, Baltimore City Health Department; Assistant Scientist, Department of Epidemiology, JHSPH

Dr. Phelan-Emmrick's research interests center on cancer prevention services, particularly in the context of cervical cancer.


Wednesday, June 21 Allan Hildesheim, Ph.D.

Public Health Observatories and the New Epidemiological Intelligence

Carlos Castillo-Salgado, MD, JD, MPH, DrPH
Professor, Department of Epidemiology, JHSPH

Dr. Castillo is the Director of the  DrPH in Epidemiology Program, the Global Public Health Observatory of the Bloomberg School of Public Health and Director of the Certificate Training Program in Epidemiology for Public Health Managers.

Thursday, June 22JG

A smoking cessation trial among people living with HIV in South Africa

Jonathan E. Golub, PhD 
Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; JHSPH Department of Epidemiology and International Health

Dr. Golub's research focuses on the epidemiology of tuberculosis in South Africa, Brazil, India and the US, with specific focus on the drivers of TB in these settings.


Friday, June 23 JSamet

Electronic Cigarettes: Evidence, Uncertainty, and Policy

Jonathan Samet, MD, MS
Distinguished Professor and Flora L. Thornton Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine Of USC

Dr. Samet's research has focused on the health risks of inhaled pollutants—particles and ozone in outdoor air and indoor pollutants including secondhand smoke and radon. He has also investigated the occurrence and causes of cancer and respiratory diseases, emphasizing the risks of active and passive smoking.


Monday, June 26  - ROOM W5008M Shiels

Diverging Trends in Premature Mortality in the United States

Meredith Shiels, PhD
Investigator NCI, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch

In addition to evaluating trends in cancer incidence and mortality data, Dr. Shiels works to integrate novel information about risk factors and tumor characteristics into descriptive studies.


Tuesday, June 27CB

HIV/AIDS in the Asia Pacific:  Where is the Epidemic Heading?

Chris Beyrer MD, MPH
Desmond M. Tutu Professor , Department of Epidemiology, JHSPH

Dr. Beyrer serves as director of the University’s Center for Public Health and Human Rights and as associate director of the Centers for AIDS Research and of Global Health.


Wednesday, June 28KV

Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention: Past, Present, and Future

Kala Visvanathan, MD, Professor, Department of Epidemiology, JHPH

Dr Visvanathan is a cancer epidemiologist and a medical oncologist who conducts epidemiological research focused on reducing breast and ovarian cancer incidence and mortality.