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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…

Dr. Chichetto’s and Dr. Canidate’s abstract was accepted for the 25th international workshop on HIV and Hepatitis Observational Databases

Natalie Chichetto’s, PhD., Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, and co-author, Shantrel Canidate’s, Ph.D., Professor in Epidemiology, abstract was accepted in the 25th international workshop on HIV and Hepatitis Observational Databases (IWHOD). Titled, “Syndemic Trajectories of Heavy Drinking, Cigarette Smoking, and Depressive Symptoms are Associated with Mortality in Sexual Minority Men in…

PHHP Research Day 2023

The University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions held its 36th Annual Research Day on February 9. The college’s undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral trainees submitted a record 108 abstracts. The event took place in the HPNP Complex after being held virtually in 2021 and 2022.

Dr. Jinying Zhao and Guanhong Miao publish in Molecular Psychiatry

Jinying Zhao, MD, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, and post-doctoral student, Guanhong Miao, published their study, “Plasma Lipidomic Profile of Depressive Symptoms: A Longitudinal Study in a Large Sample of Community-dwelling American Indians in the Strong Heart Study,” in the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry. Using a new technology called lipidomics, this…

UF receives NIH grant to improve strategies for inpatient fall prevention

University of Florida investigators have received a $2 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to address a common and costly problem in hospitals and other health care facilities: patient falls. Led by Ron Shorr, M.D., M.S., a research professor in the department of epidemiology at the UF College of…

Dr. Robert Cook and Dr. Yan Wang (MPIs) receive NIH/NIAAA R01 grant

Robert Cook, Ph.D., Professor, and Dr. Yan Wang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, in Epidemiology, were recently awarded a new $3.13 million new R01 grant from NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for their study entitled “Technology-based assessments and intervention to reduce alcohol consumption and improve HIV viral suppression…