Upcoming & Recent Seminars

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

Perfluorinated Chemicals and Acetaminophen: Neurodevelopmental Effects in the Danish National Birth Cohort
- Seminar by Zeyan Liew, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Monday, November 13, 2017
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Cal-IT2 Auditorium
Zeyan Liew, M.P.H., Ph.D.

The Danish National Birth Cohort (DNBC) was established to evaluate the fetal programming theory which the cohort recruited ~100,000 pregnancies during 1996-2002, and the offspring were closely followed since birth at multiple ages and currently in its 18th years of follow-up. In this seminar, I will present a series of DNBC studies that investigated in-utero exposures to some widespread endocrine disrupting chemicals such as perfluorinated compounds that are synthetic chemicals used in commercial and industrial applications, and acetaminophen (Tylenol) the most commonly used... read more

Filling the translational gap for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: brain-hormone relationships and vulnerability to mental health.
- Seminar by Kristina Uban, Ph.D.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
AIRB 2086
Kristina Uban, Ph.D.

Youth affected by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can present with a complex profile of adaptive, behavioral, cognitive and physical problems referred to as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). FASD is completely preventable, yet is in the top 3 known causes of intellectual disability. Up to 90% of individuals with FASD may experience mental health problems over the life course. Any amount of PAE can potentially result in FASD, with an average national (US) prevalence of 2.4-4.8%, and reaching 80% of school-aged children in the Chicago area from foster or adopted homes.... read more

Creating Healthy Places: The Jordan Downs Public Housing Complex in Watts, Los Angeles
- Seminar by Monika T. Shankar
Monday, November 6, 2017
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Cal-IT2 Auditorium
Monika T. Shankar

Jordan Downs is a public housing community located in Watts, Los Angeles, currently undergoing a $1 billion redevelopment and remediation. It is also an environmental justice community that faces multiple environmental and socio-economic burdens, ranging from contaminated soil and water, to unaffordable housing and the threat of displacement. Physicians for Social Responsibility-LA is part of the Jordan Downs Environmental Justice Coalition - a group comprised of Jordan Downs residents and community based advocates fighting to ensure that Jordan Downs and the broader Watts... read more

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to Reduce Cancer Disparities among Underserved Asian Americans
- Seminar by Sunmin Lee, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
AIRB 2086
Sunmin Lee, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Despite considerable progress made towards cancer control in the United States, some minority groups have not equitably benefited from such improvements. There is surprisingly little empirical research conducted to reduce cancer incidence and improve cancer survivorship among Asian Americans, the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States. Additionally, 75% of Asians Americans are foreign born, and close to 50% of Asian Americans have limited English proficiency, posing them with additional linguistic and cultural barriers to access health information and... read more

Refugee Reproductive Health in North America
- Seminar by Heike Thiel de Bocanegra, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Monday, October 30, 2017
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Cal-IT2 Auditorium
Heike Thiel de Bocanegra, Ph.D., M.P.H.

In 2016, Dr. Thiel de Bocanegra led an international workgroup to prepare recommendations for integration of policy and epidemiology to support refugee health in the United States and other high-income receiving countries. In this presentation she will summarize key lessons and describe Canadian and U.S. guidelines for the reproductive health assessment and integration of refugee women into the host country’s health care system. Dr. Thiel de Bocanegra is Associate Professor at the UCSF Bixby Center. From 2005 to 2016, she was director of the evaluation of California’s... read more

Reducing the Burden of Chronic Diseases in Orange County: Lessons from the OC-PICH Study
- Seminar by Mojgan Sami, Ph.D.
Monday, October 23, 2017
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Cal-IT2 Auditorium
Mojgan Sami, Ph.D.

The Orange County Partnerships to Improve Community Health (OC-PICH) was part of a selective nationwide effort by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build evidence-base for effective interventions that can reduce the burden of chronic diseases. OC-PICH was based on extensive health needs assessment data that revealed disparities in the county, and opportunities for interventions in Anaheim, Santa Ana and Garden Grove. The partnership sought to collect evidence on health policies, environmental infrastructures to support health-promoting functions, and urban... read more

Green Health Metrics: Transnational Gaps in Science and Policy
- Seminar by Dele Ogunseitan, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Monday, October 9, 2017
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Cal-IT2 Auditorium
Dele Ogunseitan, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Green health is the goal of individual and societal investments in sustainable products and processes that enhance human health. It is about making informed decisions concerning disease prevention strategies that transcend national boundaries; choices about safer and effective medications; about energy resources that minimize health-damaging pollution; and choices about international investments in green infrastructures that promote health—green transportation, green agriculture, green buildings, and green information technologies. Advancing the conceptual framework of green... read more

Fall Quarter 2017

You are invited to join us for a series of seminars that address contemporary issues in public health throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. A list of confirmed seminars is presented below. All seminars are typically scheduled from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM on Mondays. Other dates and times are included to accommodate special speaker schedules. Unless otherwise stated, seminars will be held in the Calit2 Auditorium. If necessary, alternative locations will be announced to accommodate specific audiences.

No RSVP is necessary, and the seminars are free and open to the public.

Date Speaker
Dele Ogunseitan, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Oct. 09, 2017

Dele Ogunseitan, Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention, UC Irvine

TOPIC: Green Health Metrics: Transnational Gaps in Science and Policy
VENUE: Calit2 Auditorium
Mojgan Sami, Ph.D.
Oct. 23, 2017

Mojgan Sami, Ph.D., Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention, UC Irvine

TOPIC: Reducing the Burden of Chronic Diseases in Orange County: Lessons from the OC-PICH Study
VENUE: Calit2 Auditorium
Heike de Bocanegra, Ph.D.
Oct. 30, 2017

Heike de Bocanegra, Ph.D., Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, UCSF

TOPIC: Refugee Reproductive Health in North America.
VENUE: Calit2 Auditorium
Monika Shankar, M.A.
Nov. 06, 2017

Monika Shankar, M.A., Land Use & Health Coordinator, Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles

TOPIC: Is Jordan Downs a Healthy Place to Live? Engaging Communities, Advocates and Health Professionals to Advance Community Health.
VENUE: Calit2 Auditorium
Zeyan Liew, Ph.D.
Nov. 13, 2017

Zeyan Liew, Ph.D., Department of Epidemiology, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Visiting Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

TOPIC: Early Life Exposures and Neuro-developmental Outcomes. (Tentative)
VENUE: Calit2 Auditorium
Harsimran Singh, Ph.D.
Nov. 20, 2017

Harsimran Singh, Ph.D., Health Psychologist & Clinical Research Scientist, Mary and Dick Allen Diabetes Clinic, Hoag Hospital

TOPIC: The importance of evaluating psycho-social factors while addressing the problem of diabetes.
VENUE: Calit2 Auditorium
Jay Lieberman, Ph.D.
Nov. 27, 2017

Jay Lieberman, Ph.D., Vaccines and Medical Affairs, Merck & Co.,

TOPIC: Communication strategies for Preventing Human Papillomavirus Infections and Cervical Cancer. (Tentative)
VENUE: Calit2 Auditorium

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