Upcoming & Recent Seminars

From A(nopheles) to Z(ika): A Bench-to-Bedside View from the Mekong
- Seminar by Dr. Jessica Manning, M.D., M.S.
Monday, June 4, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Dr. Jessica Manning, M.D., M.S.

Diseases like malaria and dengue virus are transmitted by mosquito and are responsible for millions of cases and hundreds of thousands of deaths in the world in each year. In order to understand what treatments work and how to develop vaccines for these diseases, research must be translated from the laboratory bench and animal models to clinical trials in the US, and ultimately to endemic countries overseas. In today’s world where many mosquito-borne diseases are responsible for unexpected and explosive outbreaks, innovative approaches are required in order to curb these... read more

Questions that Matter - 2018 Elections - 45th Congressional District, California
- Seminar by Candidates for 45th Congressional District
Friday, June 1, 2018
Moss Cove B - UCI Student Center
Candidates for 45th Congressional District

Questions for Coffee with the Candidates: 1. If elected, what would you do to address climate change and its impact on human health? 2. How can health care in the United States be improved? 3. What would you to protect women’s reproductive rights? 4. President Trump has limited entry of refugees and immigrants from many predominantly Muslim nations. If elected, would you support continuation of this policy? If not, what would you do instead? 5. Some of our fellow UC Irvine students are undocumented. We know that for many of them, their legal... read more

Improving Access and Utilization of Maternal and Reproductive Health Services: Empowering Women and Optimizing Services
- Seminar by Dr. Ndola Prata, M.D., M.Sc.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Dr. Ndola Prata, M.D., M.Sc.

Dr. Ndola Prata is a physician and medical demographer. She began her career practicing medicine in Angola for 10 years and served as Head of the Social Statistics Department at the National Institute of Statistics of Angola. Dr Prata’s current research is based in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on family planning, abortion, and maternal and adolescent sexual and reproductive health and mortality. Her research focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of reproductive and maternal health interventions that maximize distribution and financing mechanisms to increase... read more

When Population Health Meets Personalized Medicine: Protecting Preventive Healthcare Services
- Seminar by Sheldon Greenfield, M.D.
Monday, May 21, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Sheldon Greenfield, M.D.

Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) have become an increasingly important adjunct to the provision of up-to-date and evidence-based patient care. The development of recommendations that address preventive healthcare services, and the movement toward “population health,” where those recommendations are used to evaluate the care of very large numbers of patients, raise concerns about the generation of trustworthy, evidence-based prevention CPGs (P-CPGs). For example, how should the existing literature or evidence be interpreted and applied to large and more-diverse patient... read more

Obamacare's secret weapon: The bridge between clinical medicine and public health
- Seminar by John Billimek, PhD
Monday, May 21, 2018
11:00am - 12:00pm
AIRB 2008
John Billimek, PhD

The Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) is best known for the ways it has expanded access to health insurance throughout the U.S., and for the firm opposition it has met from political opponents. But even as its funding and protections have come under attack, the ACA has brought important and lasting changes that have flown under the radar. These changes in how we pay for health are creating new opportunities for Public Health professionals and clinical practitioners to work side by side. Community health centers are adding wellness programs, hospitals are funding... read more

The Role of Integrative Health Care in Underserved Populations of Orange County
- Seminar by Dr. Maggie Quinn
Monday, May 14, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Dr. Maggie Quinn

Integrative health care is often thought to be geared towards the wealthy, involving expensive supplements and treatments that are not affordable for underserved populations. However, it is increasingly evident that integrative approaches offer effective treatments for managing chronic diseases, with long-term benefits and measurable improvements in health outcomes. Alongside the growing evidence in favor of integrative approaches to health, accessibility and affordability of such services has been highlighted as an obstacle to patients in underserved communities. Demand for... read more

Pattern recognition receptor, gut microbiome and risk of gastrointestinal cancers
- Seminar by Li Jiao, M.D., M.S., Ph.D.
Monday, May 7, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Li Jiao, M.D., M.S., Ph.D.

Chronic inflammation is believed to result from a sustained response to immune homeostasis disruption. Immune homeostasis in the intestines is maintained through epithelial, innate, and adaptive immune cell defense mechanisms that involve pattern recognition receptors (PRRs). Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and receptors for advanced glycation end products (RAGE, HUGO nomenclature AGER) are part of host PRRs that recognize endogenous (such as bacterial components) and exogenous (such as dietary nutrients) ligands. The ligation of TLRs and AGER with ligands can trigger NF-kB... read more

Toxic entities probed at the single molecule and nanoscale level
- Seminar by Joonil Seog, Sc.D.
Friday, May 4, 2018
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 158, 100 Theory Drive, University Research Park
Joonil Seog, Sc.D.

Alzheimer's disease is the leading cause of dementia and places a considerable economic burden on society. The disease is characterized by a progressive decline in memory and cognitive function and one of the neuropathological hallmarks of this disease is a deposition of amyloid plagues. Amyloid is known to be toxic to brain cells. However, the exact mechanism of its cellular toxicity is still under investigation. We observed that silk-elastin-like peptide polymer (SELP) self-assembles into amyloid nanofibers on a mica substrate when nanomechanical force was applied as an... read more

Health Disparities in a Racially Ambiguous Population: Challenging the Narrative on Diversity, Race and Health
- Seminar by David Hayes-Bautista, Ph.D.
Monday, April 30, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
David Hayes-Bautista, Ph.D.

NIH requires that research results be reported by the five official race/ethnic categories: white, black, Asian/pacific islander, american Indian and Hispanic. However, in California, babies of 2013, 53% were racially ambiguous: the mothers and fathers were of different race/ethnic origins. This presentation will offer current research on race/ethnic categories and racially ambiguous babies. David E. Hayes-Bautista, Ph.D. is currently Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the David Geffen School of Medicine... read more

Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Mental Health
- Seminar by K.P. (Suba) Subbalakshmi, Ph.D.
Monday, April 23, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
K.P. (Suba) Subbalakshmi, Ph.D.

Human cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Aphasia and dementia are hard to detect and yet a fast growing concern. Studies show average delays of 1.8 to 3 years in diagnosing AD. Even experts diagnose AD only with 77% accuracy. Mayo Clinic suggests that there are no specific tests today to confirm AD. Only 5% (about 200,000 people) of younger people (in their 40s and 50s) in the U.S. are affected by AD (called “early-onset). Therefore, doctors untrained in AD typically do not suspect these early signs or attribute it wrongly to stress and other factors. In a... read more

Health Behavior Theory
- Seminar by Nasim Bahadorani
Thursday, April 19, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
AIRB 2086
Nasim Bahadorani

Stressful stimuli may elicit a physiological reaction of the sympathetic nervous system which is intended to help one survive perceived threat. Public health professionals hypothesized it might be possible to harness the power of this response to change health risk behaviors such that, if people fear certain disease outcomes, they may change behavior to avoid them. Thus, models based on perceived threat and fear appeals developed. However, people perceive threat differently. Some may not perceive themselves vulnerable, while others lack coping skills and resiliency to process... read more

Dynamics of Drug Resistance Evolution in South East Asian Malaria Parasites
- Seminar by Timothy Anderson, Ph.D.
Monday, April 16, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
CalIT 2
Timothy Anderson, Ph.D.

Control of microbial pathogens follows a repetitive and depressing cycle: a new drug is introduced and works well for a while, until drug resistant pathogens arise and spread. This is bad news for the people infected, but provides an excellent opportunity to study recent selective events or those that are still ongoing. How many times does drug resistance arise in microbial populations? What determines whether particular drug resistance alleles spread? How many genes are involved? Answering these questions is critical if we are to develop sensible “evolution proof”... read more

Syndemics and Public Health
- Seminar by Theodore K. Gideonse
Friday, April 13, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
AIRB 2086
Theodore K. Gideonse

Syndemics are synergistic epidemics typically defined as two or more epidemics or disease clusters interacting biologically and exacerbated by social, economic, and environmental conditions. They have complex etiologies and require innovative, multi-pronged interventions. In this lecture, I will examine the syndemics framework through two classic syndemics -- HIV and Tuberculosis in Africa and Obesity and Diabetes in the United States. This will lead into a discussion of the syndemic of HIV and methamphetamine abuse among men who have sex with men, which I have been studying for... read more

How Veterans Grieve: Understanding grief responses to suicide and battle death in U.S. combat veterans
- Seminar by Pauline Lubens
Thursday, April 12, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
AIRB 2086
Pauline Lubens

At any moment, adversaries are fighting numerous wars across the world. Although many scholars concentrate on the emotional toll or geopolitical repercussions of these conflicts, a growing body of research has delineated the public health consequences of war. Specifically, war has a profound effect on communicable disease, as well as consequences for mental, environmental, and behavioral health both domestically and globally. This presentation will focus on foundational concepts in understanding war’s impact on public health. First, I will address how the public health effects... read more

Breastfeeding and Population Health: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices
- Seminar by Kinga Szucs, MD, FAAP, FABM
Monday, April 9, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
CalIT 2
Kinga Szucs, MD, FAAP, FABM

Dr. Szucs will discuss evidence-based benefits of breastfeeding to children, mothers and society. She will describe barriers to successful breastfeeding, and identify policies, sociocultural determinants and practices that promote or stigmatize breastfeeding. Dr. Kinga A. Szucs, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC was Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine, where she worked for fifteen years. She was the medical director of the newborn nursery at Eskenazi Health for over a decade. In this role she saw breastfeeding dyads and taught residents and... read more

Community-Level Prejudice and Mortality among Immigrant Groups
- Seminar by Brittany Morey, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Monday, April 2, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Brittany Morey, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Building on theories of structural stigma and health, this study examines whether anti-immigrant prejudice at the community level is prospectively associated with mortality. I analyzed 10 waves of data from the General Social Survey (GSS) that were linked to mortality data via the National Death Index (NDI) for the period between 1993 and 2014 (n=13,242). The 2014 GSS-NDI dataset is a nationally representative sample reporting social characteristics and attitudes in the United States that was prospectively linked to mortality data. The findings provide insights into how... read more

Access and delivery of mental healthcare in Santa Barbara - A Clinical Perspective
- Seminar by Dr. Anish Dube, MD, MPH
Monday, March 12, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Dr. Anish Dube, MD, MPH

In this presentation I will review some of the demographic characteristics of Santa Barbara before discussing my own clinical experiences working with children and their families at the local County Mental Health clinic and some of the structural challenges I faced in the delivery of mental healthcare. Dr. Anish R. Dube is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at UCI where he also serves as the Program Director for the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship. He completed his general psychiatric residency training at the University of... read more

Housing Experiment to Inform How Housing and Neighborhood Factors Influence Health and Health Equity
- Seminar by Dr. Theresa L. Osypuk, SD
Monday, February 26, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Dr. Theresa L. Osypuk, SD

Persistently high racial residential segregation predicts poor health, and the vast racial inequalities in neighborhood environment may play an important role in creating and maintaining racial disparities in health. However there is a dearth of translational social epidemiology evidence to inform policies that may promote health equity. This talk will focus on a social experiment of neighborhood relocation that occurred in the housing sector with the Moving to Opportunity ("MTO") for Fair Housing Demonstration Program. This experiment randomly assigned low-income families... read more

Healthy Campus Initiative: Making the healthy choice the easy choice
- Seminar by Wendelin Slusser, MD, MS
Monday, February 5, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Wendelin Slusser, MD, MS

In January 2013, Chancellor Gene Block launched the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI). The UCLA HCI, envisioned and supported by Jane and Terry Semel, prioritizes the health and wellness of students, staff, and faculty. It is a campus-wide effort to draw upon UCLA’s world renowned research and teaching, to find new and innovative ways to promote living well on the UCLA campus, and to share that education and research with other communities, locally and beyond. Since its inception, the HCI has acted as a sparkplug and home for health-related campus-wide work, helping to... read more

Epigenetics in Epidemiology: Lessons from the First Studies of DNA Methylation and Disease.
- Seminar by Stella Aslibekyan, Ph.D.
Monday, January 22, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Stella Aslibekyan, Ph.D.

With the advent of commercially available epigenetic arrays, studies of DNA methylation have emerged as the new frontier in genomics, promising deeper understanding of disease etiology at the molecular level. The first wave of studies identified numerous genomic regions that are differentially methylated in the context of human disease. However, several questions remain, among them: 1) are the identified DNA methylation variants a cause or a consequence of disease phenotypes? 2) is whole blood, commonly available in epidemiologic studies, an appropriate tissue for studying... read more

Personal Health Navigators
- Seminar by Professor Ramesh Jain
Monday, January 8, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
Professor Ramesh Jain

Health is a continuous state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. A person’s health is the result of genetics, lifestyle, environment, and socio-economic situation. Though health is a continuous state, resource limitations resulted in considering health as reactive and episodic aspect of life. Availability of technology and resources suggests that our perspective on health should be adjusted to reflect reality. Advances in smart phones, sensors, and wearable technology are now making it possible to analyze and understand an individual’s life style from... read more

Health in Context: From Genotypes to Geocodes
- Seminar by Jennifer Robinette, Ph.D.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
12:00pm - 1:00pm
AIRB 2086
Jennifer Robinette, Ph.D.

People living in low income neighborhoods often have poor health because these neighborhoods typically expose residents to more hazards and fewer resources. This talk will review biological, affective, and behavioral processes that serve as pathways linking adverse neighborhood features with health. Evidence from twin models provides more defensible causal inferences about neighborhood effects. Further, investigations of gene x environment interactions suggest that some subgroups of the population may be more vulnerable than others to neighborhood adversity. Jennifer Robinette... read more

A Vaccine to Prevent Cancer: Why aren't more people vaccinated?
- Seminar by Jay M. Lieberman, M.D
Monday, November 27, 2017
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Donald Bren Hall - 6011
Jay M. Lieberman, M.D

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common virus transmitted by sexual contact. Most people will be infected by one or more HPV types over the course of their lifetime. Nearly 80 million people—about one in four—are currently infected in the United States. In most cases, HPV infections resolve on their own, but in some cases, infection persists, and when it does it can lead to the development of cancer. HPV can result in cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, or anus, as well as oropharynx (back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils.) Every year... read more

The importance of evaluating psycho-social factors while addressing the problem of diabetes
- Seminar by Harsimran “Sim” Singh, Ph.D.
Monday, November 20, 2017
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Cal-IT2 Auditorium
Harsimran “Sim” Singh, Ph.D.

Based on recent statistics, 415 million (or 1 in 11) adults globally have diabetes. In US alone, 30 million people have diabetes and these numbers are only expected to rise. Additionally, almost 84 million people have prediabetes and are at a high risk of converting to type 2 diabetes. Without a doubt, diabetes has grown rapidly from being considered an individual’s disease to becoming a major public health concern. There is an urgent need to develop culturally competent and patient centered interventions that can tackle this condition on a wider scale. Optimal diabetes... read more


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