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NIDA T32 Celebrates 3 Epidemiology PhD Graduates

The NIDA T32 wishes to congratulate three former predoctoral fellows on receiving their doctoral degrees in Epidemiology officially conferred on Thursday, May 2nd at the University of Florida Graduation Ceremony. Carolin Hoeflich, PhD whose dissertation title is “Leveraging Electronic Health Records to Elucidate Changes in Prescribing Practices of Opioid Agonist…

HealthStreet & Cottler Lab Gathers for Retreat

On Wednesday, April 17th faculty, staff, and students from the HealthStreet team and Cottler Lab gathered at UF HealthStreet to discuss topics of importance to the All of Us, NDEWS, PANDEMIC, and PSU grants. Topics included current and future papers, increasing visibility of our programs across the University, important protocol…

Heather Stark, MD, completed the Fall 2023 International Virtual Exchange (VE) Training

Could you share some insights into the process of collaborating with professors from partner institutions abroad, particularly Dr. Etienne Nsereko and Dr. Tara Wilfong? Global public health is very collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature. Over the past ten years, I have developed relationships with colleagues that I work with on…

Welcome our Fall 2023 PhD Student

Shaira Kee Shaira Kee Mentor: Dr. Takis Benos What do you look forward to most as a future epidemiologist and your career in epidemiology? My academic interest is anchored in the evolving landscape of epidemiological tools that are pivotal for an enhanced comprehension of health dynamics. My enthusiasm lies in…

HealthStreet: Center of $4.21M for FY 22-23

The HealthStreet team has received $4.209M in funding in FY 22-23 for its community engagement work from the NIH and CDC. The CTSA/PACER All of Us Community Network ($1.863M for FY 22-23) is a network that engages researchers from diverse backgrounds in the AoU Research Program. This and the 8…

Summer 2023 NIDA Interns

The Department of Epidemiology congratulates two NIDA Scholars for completing their internships at the University of Florida. Dr. Cottler’s lab has hosted NIDA’s Summer Research Internship Program for 18 years, while Dr. Catalina Lopez-Quintero’s lab has hosted it for the second time. Out of 300 applications, Reuben Saunders and Azadi…

See you later our fellow gator: Dr. Cindy Prins

Can you share the most meaningful award or achievement you received during your time, and why it was so important to you? I think that the achievement that meant the most to me was the work I was able to do during the Covid-19 pandemic. I served as the campus…

Mark Britton received the 2023 E UF Graduate Student Council Travel Award

Mark Britton, a Ph.D. student mentored by Dr. Robert Cook, was selected to receive a UF Graduate Student Council travel award for his attendance at the Research Society on Alcohol Annual Meeting. He presented a poster for his study entitled “Pre-Intervention Drinks/Month and HIV Serostatus Interactively Predict Memory Change After…

Welcome our Summer 2023 PhD Student

Christian Conger Christian Conger Mentors: Dr. Linda Cottler What do you look forward to most as a future epidemiologist and your career in epidemiology?  As a future epidemiologist, I most look forward to contributing to interventions that bring lasting positive change on the world. Ever since I was young, I…

Rebecca Jane Austin-Datta receives UF Graduate School teaching award

Rebecca Jane Austin-Datta, a third-year doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, has received a Graduate Student Teaching Award presented by the UF Graduate School. The award recognizes the best, brightest and most industrious of UF’s graduate teaching assistants for their…