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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…

Qualitative Research Colloquium, Spring 2024

Spring 2024: Starting January 17, 2024, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Biweekly Wednesday Dr. Deepthi S. Varma, PhD, MPhil, MSW, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, leads the online Qualitative Research Colloquium, alternate Wednesdays, 4-5 pm ET during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Dr. Varma is a qualitative research expert with…

Confronting AIDS in Florida with artificial intelligence

A University of Florida research team is playing its part to stop the global HIV epidemic, applying the power of artificial intelligence to medical records to uncover patterns of risk and bias that have left some patients in Florida with poor access to today’s effective treatments — so effective that HIV…

Researcher spotlight: Shantrel Canidate

“If you believe it, you can achieve it,” reflects Shantrel Canidate, M.P.H., Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of epidemiology in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions and associate director for outreach and community partnerships at the Emerging Pathogens Institute. This past spring, Canidate was…

Three Epidemiology Ph.D. students awarded in the UF PHHP Research Day

Three Epidemiology doctoral students, Nicole Fitzgerald, Xiaoxiao Wen, and Wenjie Zeng, were awarded at this year’s PHHP’s 36th Annual Research Day on February 9, 2023. They were three of six students who had the top-scoring abstracts in the two categories of Basic, Foundational, and Pre-Clinical Research and Applied, Clinical, and Community Research. Each…

Dr. Benos and team published in Respiratory Research

Takis Benos, Ph.D., William Bushnell Presidential Professor of Epidemiology, and team, published their study, “Distinct COPD subtypes in former smokers revealed by gene network perturbation analysis,” in the journal Respiratory Research. Using blood-derived gene expression data, they identified four subtypes, which differ in symptoms, pulmonary functions, and mortality. The subtypes…