Upcoming & Recent Seminars

Use of non-invasive biomarkers of exposure and response to improve estimates of environmental infectious disease burden in community settings
- Seminar by Christopher D. Heaney, PhD, MS
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Room 1030 AIRB
Christopher D. Heaney, PhD, MS

There is a potential to lose participants​ and miss sentinel cases in at-risk populations with high exposure burden if measurements, biomarkers, and screening tests​ used in population-based studies are invasive and/or lack cultural acceptance. This can impede knowledge advancements about the natural history, disease ecology, and transmission routes for established and emerging infectious diseases. This seminar will highlight how non-invasive biomarkers of exposure and response were developed and applied to advance the evidence base about microbial exposure pressure and... read more

A Double-edged Sword: Gender-based Violence Against Women and HIV among Marginalized Populations
- Seminar by Jamila K. Stockman, Ph.D., MPH
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Room 2080 AIRB
Jamila K. Stockman, Ph.D., MPH

A Double-edged Sword: Gender-based Violence Against Women and HIV among Marginalized Populations Dr. Jamila K. Stockman Ph.D., MPH is an Associate Professor in the Division of Global Public Health, and Center on Gender Equity and Health, Department of Medicine, at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Stockman is also Director of the Disparities Core at UCSD’s Center for AIDS Research. She holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and an MPH degree from the George Washington University Milken Institute School of... read more

Risks and Benefits of Insecticide Use for Disease Vector Control
- Seminar by Jonathan Chevrier
Monday, May 16, 2016
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Calit2 Auditorium
Jonathan Chevrier

In the early 2000s, a massive malaria control campaign was undertaken following the establishment of malaria reduction targets by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Millenium Development Goals, and a WHO position shift in favor of the scale up of "Indoor Residual Spraying" (IRS) using all available insecticides including dichlorodiphenyl trichloroethane (DDT). As a consequence, the number of countries using IRS rose from 49 to 88 and the number of people exposed to insecticides in this context rose to almost 200 million. Although effective in curbing... read more

Partnered- and Engaged-approaches to Address Cancer-related Health Disparities
- Seminar by Heather M. Brandt, PhD, CHES
Monday, May 9, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
AIRB 1030
Heather M. Brandt, PhD, CHES

Complex and multi-faceted health and social problems are often ill-suited to “outside experts.” Partnered- and engaged-approaches to conducting research offer many benefits, including the opportunity to work within established infrastructure of partners, share resources across stakeholders, build on existing social networks, and expedite the process of translating what works into practice. In addition, partnered- and engaged-approaches are ideal for working with stakeholders to address health disparities. Such approaches also face challenges, including competing interests... read more

The role of Family in Non-communicable Disease Management in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Seminar by Rhonda Belue, Ph.D.
Monday, May 2, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Calit2 Auditorium
Rhonda Belue, Ph.D.

Non-communicable diseases (NCD), including cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors such as diabetes (DM) and hypertension (HTN), are becoming an increasing burden in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). By 2030, NCDs are expected to eclipse communicable disease as the leading cause of death in Sub-Saharan Africa. Diabetes and hypertension require ongoing, daily management in order to prevent poor cardiovascular outcomes such as stroke, myocardial infarction, and other related complications including kidney failure. In SSA, the concept of family is critically important to performing daily... read more

Variable selection for marginal analysis of longitudinal data with missing observations
- Seminar by Xianming Tan, Ph.D.
Monday, April 18, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Calit2 Auditorium
Xianming Tan, Ph.D.

Longitudinal studies are widely conducted in public health research. It is common that longitudinal studies collect a large number of covariates, some of which are unimportant in explaining the response. Moreover, longitudinal data analysis is challenged by the presence of measurement error and missing observations. In this talk, I will describe a variable selection procedure that handle high dimensional longitudinal data with "missingness" and measurement error, and assess its validity using simulation studies, and demonstrate its application using an aging study example. Dr.... read more

Improving Executive Decision-Making through Research-Based Science and Simulation
- Seminar by Donna Barbisch, MPH, DHA
Monday, April 11, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Calit2 Auditorium
Donna Barbisch, MPH, DHA

Senior leaders make decisions during disaster with limited knowledge of the impact on morbidity and mortality of populations. Public health emergencies and disasters are considered wicked problems, that is, problems with ambiguous and confounding challenges that often have no clear-cut right or wrong but only better or worse answers. While executive leaders generally desire to lead effectively and improve outcomes, their understanding of best outcomes, public health and disaster decision-making, is lacking. A different approach is required to transfer the knowledge gained in... read more

Epidemiology of HPV Related Cancers, the Unfolding Story
- Seminar by Margaret Madeleine, MPH, PhD
Friday, April 8, 2016
11:00AM - 12:00PM
AIRB Room 2086
Margaret Madeleine, MPH, PhD

HPV has become a well-developed model for understanding viral carcinogenesis, and the interdisciplinary work that ensued allowed for the development of the HPV vaccine. The vaccine is nearly universally effective, and leads to an overwhelming and seemingly durable antibody response. Still, there has been a relatively slow rate of HPV vaccine in the U.S. and globally. This translates to continuing susceptibility to the six HPV-related cancers that could be averted. In my research, I seek to fill in the blanks in the HPV story, with a focus on immune response, including a newly... read more

- Seminar by Mariangela Bonizzoni, Ph.D.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
AIRB 2086
Mariangela Bonizzoni, Ph.D.

A well-known idiom dictates “prevention is better than cure”. There are neither vaccines nor therapeutic treatments available for many arthropod-borne diseases. Currently, the only method of preventing pathogen transmission is to act on the vectors by suppressing their contact to humans, for instance by use of insecticides, or by altering their vector competence. My presentation will focus on vector competence in the dengue vectors Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. First, I will discuss my work on transcriptional changes occurring in mosquitoes following dengue infection.... read more

Long-term effects of early-life exposures on immunity and disease risk
- Seminar by Fenna C.M. Sillé, Ph.D.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
AIRB 2086
Fenna C.M. Sillé, Ph.D.

In a unique study area in Chile, our research group found that relative risks of adult mortality from cancer, bronchiectasis and tuberculosis (TB) are much greater when arsenic exposure occurred only in utero / early-life, rather than later in life. This provides rare human evidence in support of the “Developmental Origins of Health and Disease” (DOHaD) hypothesis. The focus here is on the effects of arsenic on macrophages, innate immune cells known to influence tumor progression and TB pathogenesis. Based on a combined metabolomics and multiplex cytokine/chemokine profiling... read more

Genomic Approaches to Neglected Tropical Diseases
- Seminar by David Serre, Ph.D.
Monday, March 21, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
AIRB Room 2086
David Serre, Ph.D.

I will present the results of recent studies conducted in my laboratory to illustrate how genomic approaches can provide novel insights on the biology of neglected human parasites and, hopefully, support the development of better control and elimination programs. I will focus on our work on Plasmodium vivax but also briefly describe preliminary studies in filarial worms and novel assays for characterizing vector ecology. Dr. David Serre is currently Associate Professor at the Case Western Reserve University. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2004 from the Max Planck Institute for... read more

Advanced Computational and Molecular Pipelines to Combat Neglected Parasites
- Seminar by Mostafa Zamanian, Ph.D.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
AIRB 2086
Mostafa Zamanian, Ph.D.

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) significantly challenge global health and perpetuate poverty in economically deprived areas of the world. Parasitic worms (helminths) infect over 1.5 billion humans, accounting for the greatest share of the overall NTD burden. My central ambition is to combine computational and molecular approaches to make discoveries that improve our understanding of the biology of these and our ability to treat the infections they cause. My graduate and postdoctoral work was focused on topics that include parasite genomics, drug target discovery, gene network... read more

Building Networks for Improving Research on Health Services for Undocumented Latino Immigrants
- Seminar by Luz Garcini
Monday, March 7, 2016
3:30pm - 5:00pm
SSPA 2112
Luz Garcini

Socioeconomic disadvantage, marginalization, harsh living environments, limited English proficiency, inadequate access to healthcare, and lack of documented status are some of many factors that increase vulnerability for undocumented Latino immigrants and their families, which over time, may compromise health and decrease wellbeing. Although a growing area of research interest, studies to inform the health of undocumented Latino immigrants continue to be limited, and existing studies often lack methodological rigor. Improving the quality of health research among this vulnerable... read more

Effects of Perceived Discrimination and Medical Mistrust on Access to Care Among Young-Adult Latinos
- Seminar by Daniel López-Cevallos, PhD, MPH
Friday, March 4, 2016
3:30PM - 5:00PM
AIRB 1030
Daniel López-Cevallos, PhD, MPH

Latinos are not only the largest racial/ethnic minority in the United States, but also the youngest (with a median age of 27). The complex U.S. health care system can be particularly challenging for racial/ethnic minorities and immigrant populations. Racial/ethnic healthcare disparities arise in the context of social and economic inequalities, including racial and ethnic discrimination and mistrust. However, little research has analyzed the effects on mistrust and discrimination on health care outcomes among Latinos. In this presentation, I will present findings from two related... read more

Public Conceptions of Child Vaccination: A Randomized Experiment on Evaluations, Stigma, & Policies
- Seminar by Richard M. Carpiano, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Friday, March 4, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
AIRB 2088
Richard M. Carpiano, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Child undervaccination is a complex public health problem and a contentious social issue. Efforts to increase vaccination coverage require understanding how the public evaluates different reasons for undervaccination, which may influence stigmatizing attitudes and behavior as well as support for various vaccination policies. My presentation will focus on an ongoing project that investigates these issues by examining how different reasons for why a child is undervaccinated (e.g., parental refusal, delay, time constraints) may generate different cognitive and emotional evaluations... read more

Is Eating Organic Food Healthier: A New Research Platform Could End This Endless Debate
- Seminar by Alex Lu, Ph.D.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
AIRB 2086
Alex Lu, Ph.D.

In this presentation, I intend to demonstrate results from an explorative study that is designed to elucidate the health benefits of consuming organic foods in children. Much research efforts have been devoted to better understand and characterize children’s dietary exposure to pesticides; however, these studies did not provide insight into how children’s health might benefit from the reduction in dietary pesticide intakes. This has prompted recent debates on the underlying health benefits of consuming foods containing no or reduced pesticide residues, antibiotics, and other... read more

Spring Speakers

You are invited to join us for a series of seminars that address contemporary issues in public health throughout Spring Quarter 2016. 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. Videotapes of Public Health seminars are archived through the UC Irvine OpenCourseWare program.

For updates, please visit: publichealth.uci.edu or contact Ms. Anna Rager at (949) 824-0566 or ARager@uci.edu.

Date Speaker
Dele Ogunseitan, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Mar. 28, 2016

Dele Ogunseitan, Ph.D., M.P.H., Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention, Program in Public Health, UC Irvine

TOPIC: Urban Mining and Disease Burden: http://ocw.uci.edu/lectures/urban_mining_and_disease_burden.html
VENUE: Online Seminar
Donna Barbisch
Apr. 11, 2016

Donna Barbisch, Major General, (rtd.), U.S. Army, Senior Scientist and Strategic Project Lead, Institute for Training and Simulation, University of Central Florida

TOPIC: Improving Executive Decision-Making through Research Based Science and Simulation
VENUE: Calit2 Auditorium
Xianming Tan, Ph.D.
Apr. 18, 2016

Xianming Tan, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

TOPIC: Variable selection for marginal analysis of longitudinal data with missing observations and covariate measurement error
VENUE: Calit2 Auditorium
Rhonda Belue, Ph.D
May. 02, 2016

Rhonda Belue, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Health Policy and Administration, College of Health and Human Development, Pennsylvania State University

TOPIC: The role of Family in Non-communicable disease management in Sub-Saharan Africa
VENUE: Calit2 Auditorium
Heather Brandt, Ph.D.
May. 09, 2016

Heather Brandt, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

TOPIC: Partnered- and Engaged-approaches to Address Cancer-related Health Disparities
VENUE: Calit2 Auditorium
Jonathan Chevrier, Ph.D.
May. 16, 2016

Jonathan Chevrier, Ph.D., Canada Research Chair in Environmental Health Sciences, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University

TOPIC: Indoor Residual Spraying for Malaria Control and Child Development in South African Children Participating in the VHEMBE Study: A Case Study on the Risks and Benefits of Insecticide Use for Disease Vector Control
VENUE: Calit2 Auditorium

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