New Insights on Genetic Risks for Cigarette Smoking
Scientists have long understood that genes play an important role in a person’s smoking behavior, and a new genome-wide association study by Yale and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers is helping to explain why some people start to smoke, while others are able to quit.
Transportation and Access to COVID-19 Testing
Adequate COVID-19 testing services are essential for combating the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. In the United States, the number of testing sites has grown dramatically in the effort to provide a universal and uniform availability of tests to all regions of the country. However, different communities still experience disparate levels of access to testing.Source: Story Map on ArcGIS
Racial misrepresentation in clinical trials: a call for health equity
Much of the contemporary discussions on racial representation and minority empowerment have been focused on increased participation in politics, higher education, and the workforce. A facet that warrants increased public scrutiny is the lack of minority representation in randomized clinical trials, which plays a critical role in perpetuating health inequities. Today’s clinical trials fail to represent the rich diversity of this country, which effectively tailor promising treatment options to non-Hispanic whites due to study over-representation.Source: CT Mirror
Science in the Time of Coronavirus
How do we trace the origins of viral outbreaks? How do viruses change hosts? What can evolution tell us how long a recovered person will be immune before reinfection? And how do a marine biologist and a fungal geneticist end up working together on virus evolution?Source: Virtual Science Cafe
Is Covid-19 growing less lethal? The infection fatality rate says ‘no’
Recent reports have suggested that Covid-19 has become markedly less lethal in the United States. Our analysis of death rates and infection fatality rates from Arizona, the U.S. as a whole, and New York City shows it isn’t, indicating that public health measures to reduce infections should not be relaxed.Source: Stat News
YSPH Researchers Find that Vitamin D Supplementation Does Not Lower Children’s Risk of TB Infection
Yale faculty members Drs. Xin Zhou and Donna Spiegelman at the Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science and Department of Biostatistics at the Yale School of Public Health, along with colleagues from several other universities, including lead author Dr. Davaasambuu Ganmaa of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, published findings last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrating that vitamin D supplementation does not lower children’s risk of TB infection.
CIRA Welcomes Raul U. Hernandez-Ramirez as Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core
Effective June 1, 2020, CIRA welcomed Raul U. Hernandez-Ramirez as Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core within CIRA.Source: Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA)
Bilateral Forum on International Public Health Policy Research Directions between Yale and Shanghai Jiao Tong University
A Bilateral Forum on International Public Health Policy Research Directions was held on May 23, 2020. The forum took place at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and included Yale participants by videoconference. Paul D. Cleary, the Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Health Policy at the Yale School of Public Health and Director of SJTU-Yale Joint Center for Health Policy delivered closing remarks. He drew attention to the importance of increasing information exchanges between countries to jointly fight the COVID-19 pandemic as well as prepare for future global public health challenges. He noted that “sharing information openly about how infectious diseases spread as well as the strengths and limitations of different containment and mitigation strategies will be essential for more effectively addressing future outbreaks, as well as for continuing to address the current pandemic.”Source: Yale and the World
Yale Investigators Examine COVID-19 Fatality Rates
A team of student and faculty investigators at Yale University has devised a new method for calculating COVID-19 fatality rates in the United States that it says will better guide the country through its reopening, and more accurately drive health care policy decisions regarding the pandemic. Fatality rates have been difficult to calculate in regions without extensive testing due to many infected individuals not being detected.
‘One’ Episode 3: Public Health scholars blend arts and tech to boost energy
In episode #3 of the Schwarzman Center web series, One, Taiga Christie interviews Tanya Yajnik and Yuwen Qiu about their recent collaboration, Agora Good Life, an energy-focused wellness app that is set to launch this summer. Yajnik and Qiu explain how their intersecting interests in arts and public health research inspired the app’s development. Yajnik, a skilled musician, concludes the segment with an aria from her spring recital that was postponed due to physical distancing.Source: Yale News
Dr. Donna Spiegelman is the Director of the New MS and PhD Biostatistics specialization in "Implementation and Prevention Science Methods" at the Yale School of Public Health
We have recently developed a specialization in ”Implementation and Prevention Science Methods” that all MS and PhD Biostatistics students matriculating this fall will be able to choose. If you plan to attend Yale you will be able to choose this specialization or the regular Biostatistics curriculum. You will have until the beginning of the spring term to decide which specialization you wish to follow. To help you make this decision there will be information sessions on the MS and PhD programs during the fall term with the Director of this specialization, Dr. Donna Spiegelman.
International Travel Controls Slowed, But Failed to Stop, Coronavirus
Travel bans, screenings and lockdown procedures were effective in slowing early global spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but these measures alone were inadequate to contain the epidemic, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health finds.
Yale Scientists Awarded $8.4M Grant to Develop Treatments for Women With Problem Drinking
Yale Department of Psychiatry scientists have been awarded a five-year, $8.4 million federal grant to establish a new research center at Yale that will develop treatments to help women with problem drinking.