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NIH View of Data Science and BD2K

On September 12, 2016, Dr. Michelle Dunn from the NIH will be the distinguished speaker at the first lecture of the 2016-2017 PHDL Seminar Series. The NIH launched the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative in 2012 to address the challenges of maximizing the use of biomedical research data. Dr. Dunn will give a retrospective of the development of data science at the NIH over the last few years, describing how it has evolved along with and in response to the development of data science in the broader scientific community. She will describe a major trans-NIH program, the Big Data to Knowledge Initiative, led by the NIH Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS), as well as the additional efforts of the ADDS office towards enabling the efficient management of biomedical Big Data. 

Michelle Dunn, PhDDr. Dunn is senior advisor for Data Science Training, Diversity and Outreach at the Office of the Associate Director for Data Science at the NIH. She leads the data science training efforts, advising on training, education and workforce development in biomedical data science. Prior to joining the NIH/OD, she was a program director at the National Cancer Institute. She received her Ph.D. in statistics from Carnegie Mellon University and her A.B. in applied mathematics from Harvard College. 

The seminar is open to the public and Grand Rounds approved.

HAZEL Minimizes Post-Disaster Deficits in Access to NY Primary Care Services

hazel map imageThe HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has funded creation of a tool to help New York City public health professionals find the most effective ways to restore primary care access after disasters. Disasters can disrupt primary care services, resulting in a gap between the ability of healthcare providers to deliver care, and the increased healthcare needs of the population. This gap is called the access deficit. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh developed the HAZEL (hazard-area primary care locator) modeling tool to allow users to test the impact of interventions such as back-up systems, alternative service plans, and policy modifications on the access deficit. Read more.

APHA 2015: Special Session on social determinants of inequalities in infectious disease outbreaks

2015 AM logoA special session at APHA this year will feature talks that draw attention to and showcase studies documenting and analyzing the causes behind the phenomenon of unequal levels of illness and death during infectious disease outbreaks. Dr. Supriya Kumar will be presenting results from a systematic review of the social determinants of acute respiratory infection. Other speakers include Allison Aiello, James Hadler, and Sandra Quinn. Corinna Dan of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy will moderate the session. View the entire session here.

PublicSource visualizes health data as a public service to raise awareness of consequences of health choices.

back-to-school-vaccinePublicSource presents data from the PA Department of Health to illustrate vaccination rates in Pennsylvania. Readers are also referred to FRED Measles to see herd immunity in action. Quoted in the article is Dr. Wilbert van Panhuis, MIDAS researcher. Read the full article.

NEW course offered fall 2015: Global Epidemiology of Vaccines and Vaccinations

medicine dropThe PHDL’s Dr. Wilbert Van Panhuis introduces a new 2-credit course, Global Epidemiology of Vaccines and Vaccinations, this fall.   This course will prepare students for entry-level positions in vaccine research or operations for academic, government, or private sector institutions, and provide a broad introduction to a wide range of vaccine-related topics ranging from biological mechanisms of vaccines to vaccine financing.

The course will be taught twice a week on the University of Pittsburgh campus. See more (PDF).

Dr. Zan Dodson joins the PHDL

Zan Dodson, PhDThe PHDL is pleased to announce the newest member of the lab, Zan Dodson, PhD. Zan recently completed his PhD in Geographical Sciences from the University of Maryland, applying mixed methods to examine the impact of health status on economic well-being at the human-environment interface. Dr. Dodson will be working on several projects related to the geospatial nature of the data used in FRED, and he has expertise in geospatial analysis and the display of geographic information.

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