College of Public Health faculty are engaged in a wide array of public health research that directly impacts our local, state, national and international community. Whether it is working on vaccine development, creating toolkits for public health professionals in local health departments or working with underserved communities in Panama, our interdisciplinary faculty touch the lives of people every day. Here is just a sampling of some of the research in which our faculty are involved.
TAMPA, Fla. (September 4, 2009) — Researchers from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the College of Public Health were recently awarded a three-year, $800,000 grant from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to establish a Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at USF.|
Led by Yiliang Zhu, PhD, professor in the College of Public Health, the USF team draws upon a wide array of expertise from researchers at Colleges of Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, Moffitt Cancer Center, Jaeb Center for Health Research, and Tampa VA hospital.
The summer institute, which will open in the summer of 2010, is a part of a national effort to train the next generation of biostatistical scientists. Its aim is to address a persistent shortage in biostatistics training and to support medical and health research.
USF Health's Amina Alio, PhD, was lead author of the new study in Lancet, finding a strong link between spousal violence and fetal loss.|
Women victimized by spousal abuse are at significantly increased risk of losing at least one pregnancy.
A study of more than 2,500 women in Africa by the University of South Florida College of Public Health’s Amina Alio, PhD, and colleagues found that women who experience domestic violence of any kind were 50 percent more likely to have a least one episode of fetal loss (stillbirth or spontaneous abortion) than women reporting no partner violence. The findings were reported in the January 24, 2009 issue of the journal Lancet.
It is estimated that half of African women suffer abuse by their partners.
Perinatal epidemiologists Wendy Nembhard, PhD, (left) and Kathleen O’Rourke, PhD, supported by faculty across the USF College of Public Health, worked behind the scenes for four years to ensure USF had a major role in the NIH’s historic Children’s Health Study.|
Tampa, FL (Oct. 3, 2008) – The University of South Florida has been awarded $28.8 million to participate in the National Institute of Health’s comprehensive study on the interaction of genes and the environment on children’s health.
NIH officials today named 36 new and existing National Children’s Health study centers that will recruit study volunteers from a total of 72 locations across the United States. The University of Miami, Miller School Medicine was awarded $54 million as the Study Center hub for the National Children's Study in Florida, a consortium of universities and their community partners across the state.