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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This Fall, “innovations and collaborations” is our theme. We have been fortunate to welcome two new faculty members whose expertise and fresh perspectives are already generating exciting developments in our field. I encourage you to explore their profiles and check out their research websites (links in profiles).

Our featured grants and publications showcase faculty and student collaborations and interdisciplinary teamwork leading to innovative solutions and insights. Topics range from a new low-cost test for rapidly identifying gut bugs, to studies on youth and maternal mental health, work on prevention of injuries and disabilities, and research about the interplay between the environment and microbiome. Alumni achievements and ongoing collaboration with our faculty and students serve as a testament to the enduring bonds formed here.

The department continues our weekly (hybrid) research and practice seminar series. Send me a note if you would like to be added to the distribution list or are interested in speaking!

Betsy Chrischilles

Portrait of Assistant Professor Jonathan Platt of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

New UI research examines evidence of rising youth mental health concerns

Jonathan Platt, assistant professor of epidemiology, finds that adolescent mental health conditions are increasing in many countries worldwide, most markedly among girls. Click below to read more and make sure to check out the IPRC's blog post on disparities in youth suicide, featuring a Q&A discussion with Dr. Platt.

Prof. Shoshannah Eggers of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Portrait of Nichole Nidey, Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Department of Epidemiology welcomes two new faculty members

The Department of Epidemiology was pleased to begin the new academic year in August with two new faculty members. Assistant professors Dr. Shoshannah Eggers and Dr. Nichole Nidey began in their roles over the summer.

Portrait of University of Iowa Prof. Michael Pentella, professor of epidemiology in the College of Public Health and director of the State Hygienic Laboratory.

Iowa research partnership developing a rapid, low-cost test for diarrheal diseases

University of Iowa researchers, including Michael Pentella, clinical professor of epidemiolgy and director of the State Hygenic Lab, are partnering with GoDx, Inc. based in Madison, Wisconsin, to develop a low-cost test for rapidly identifying gut bugs that cause diarrheal disease and whether they are resistant to certain antibiotics. Knowing quickly which bug is causing a patient’s disease can help with prompt and appropriate treatment.

A portrait of James Torner of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Over 20 Years In, James Torner's Osteoarthritis Research Forges On with Renewed Funding

University of Iowa researchers lead by James Torner, professor of epidemiology, have received a $2.7 million funding renewal from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue a multi-year study of the risk factors for knee osteoarthritis and factors related to progression.

Student Stories

A portrait of Victor Soupene of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

PhD student Victor Soupene focuses on worker health and safety

Victor Soupene, a PhD candidate in epidemiology who received a 2023 Rising Star Award from the Safe States Alliance, recently discussed his research on why certain occupations are at higher risk for suicide, his summer internship with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC, and other opportunities he's had as a student.

Ragan Martin

Q&A: Student Ragan Martin’s internship resulted in infectious disease resource for childcare centers

Ragan Martin, a CPH undergrad to grad student in epidemiology, discusses how she completed an internship with Johnson County Public Health and developed a new infectious diseases guide for childcare centers.

Alumni Stories

Photo of Carla Britton.

2023 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients

Carla Britton (10PhD) was honored as one of the recipients of the University of Iowa College of Public Health's 2023 Outstanding Alumni Award.

Emma Herbach

Alumna Emma Herbach recognized by Society for Epidemiologic Research

Emma Herbach (22PhD) recently received the prestigious Tyroler Student Prize Paper Award from the Society for Epidemiologic Research.

Azeez Alade, of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Alumnus Azeez Alade starts NIH position, offers advice for international students

Recent epidemiology graduate Azeez Alade (23PhD) will soon start a clinical fellowship position at the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. He reflects back on the importance of mentors and offers advice for students.

Portrait of Kaitlin Emrich, 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient.

Alumna Kaitlin Emrich named director of Black Hawk County Public Health

The Black Hawk County Board of Health unanimously named Kaitlin Emrich (09MPH) as the new public health director. Emrich is currently serving as the interim director and will begin her new role on Oct. 9, 2023.

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