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PHHP announces newest Research Innovation Fund awards

The University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions announces a new round of awards for the college’s Research Innovation Fund, which is designed to fund pilot testing or feasibility studies that will place faculty members in an optimal position to obtain research funding from outside agencies. The…

UF EPI expert on hepatitis: a surprisingly widespread silent killer 

Millions of Americans have chronic viral hepatitis and do not even realize it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This disease affects the liver and can cause severe or even fatal complications if left untreated. The CDC recommends all adults get screened at least…

Linda Cottler named 2023 AAAS Fellow

Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACE, a dean’s professor of epidemiology at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions and the UF College of Medicine, has been elected a 2023 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Cottler is being recognized for distinguished contributions to…

New study uses AI technology to understand cell dysfunction in ALS

In patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, nerve cells called motor neurons degenerate, causing muscle atrophy and eventually death. Other cells in the central nervous system are known to play a role in ALS, but scientists don’t yet have a clear picture of how they contribute to the disease.

UF Health project seeks to help mothers in need

University of Florida Health has launched an ambitious project to minimize the health risk of pregnancy by identifying, addressing and tracking social determinants of health that can threaten a mother and baby’s health. The project will create a patient electronic dashboard that could flag social needs early in pregnancy to…

Path to Discovery

CRISPR-CAS9 gene editing, precision medicine, RNA-based therapeutics. Some of the biggest breakthroughs in health and medicine over the past decade were supported by major grants from large funding agencies. Yet, the journey from graduate student, to new faculty member, and eventually, lead or principal investigator on a large-scale study that will…

When the lightbulb comes on!

The College of Public Health and Health Professions’ most valuable resource for educating its students is our faculty, says George Hack, Ph.D., the college’s associate dean for educational affairs. “We have some of the best minds in the country,” Hack said. “These faculty are conducting cutting-edge research and practicing in…