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  • Wed
    30
    Nov
    2016
    4pm-5:30pm55 West 125 Street, 7th Floor auditorium

    Toward a unified methodology of study design and statistical analysis for causal inference in implementation  science

     

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    Donna Spiegelman MS, ScD

    Donna Spiegelman is a Professor of Epidemiologic Methods at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. She is one of the few people in the world with a joint doctorate in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and the first epidemiologist to receive a currently active NIH Director’s Pioneer Award. View her profile.

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  • Tue
    06
    Dec
    2016
    Wed
    07
    Dec
    2016
    Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany, New York
    Miss the Summit? Watch the webcasts here.

    The Summit will hold a kick-off event on the evening of Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. We welcome you to also join us starting at 2:30pm on December 6, 2016 for the World AIDS Day Commissioner’s Special Recognition Awards Ceremony, recognizing individuals for their commitment, contribution, and response to improve and promote the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. A subsequent full day of presentations and panel discussions will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 8:30am to 5:00pm. All events will take place at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany, New York.

    The outcomes of the ETE 2016 Summit include informing stakeholders and researchers of relevant data and evidence for improving or more precisely monitoring and evaluating the implementation and impact of ETE in NYS; developing and maintaining vital collaborative efforts across major stakeholders to ensure ETE goals are achieved; and providing an opportunity for ETE regional steering committees to meet face-to-face to share best practices and discuss key efforts identified for 2017.

    For updates: health.ny.gov/diseases/aids/general/awareness_days

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    For questions regarding the Summit, please email: eoabml@health.ny.gov.

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  • Thu
    15
    Dec
    2016

    Treatment Action Group and HIV PJA collaborated on a webinar discussing about the key HIV prevention indicators and what community advocates and other key stakeholders need to know about how we measure success in our national HIV prevention efforts.

    Moderator: Jeremiah Johnson, Treatment Action Group

    Presenters: Denis Nash, PhD, MPH, CUNY ISPH
    Keri N Althoff, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Stefan Baral, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    View the webinar and download slides here.

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  • Wed
    08
    Feb
    2017
  • Wed
    22
    Feb
    2017
    4:30pm-6pm55 W 125th Street, Room 717

    Speaker Francesco Beghini is a visiting scholar from University of Trento, Italy who is working with ISPH investigator Levi Waldron.

    Seminar hosted by the CUNY SPH Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

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  • Wed
    08
    Mar
    2017
    4pm-5:30pm55 W 125th Street, 7th Floor Auditorium

    Urban Health: The Global Challenge

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  • Mon
    13
    Mar
    2017
    3pm-6pm55 W 125th Street, Room 708

    Just started a research project? Struggling to make a research project work? This seminar provides tips and strategies to successfully create interdisciplinary research teams, plan your project from start to finish, stick to your timeline, and get (multiple!) manuscripts submitted. The presentation includes examples from a study of mental health services research, and is applicable to qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods studies in public health. Presented by Jennifer Wisdom, PhD MPH, Professor of of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Center for Innovation in Mental Health at CUNY GSPHHP.

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  • Wed
    05
    Apr
    2017
    4pm-5:30pm55 W 125th Street, 7th Floor Auditorium

    Dr. Stefan Peterson is currently Chief of Health Section for UNICEF globally, based in New York. He’s a Professor of Global Health at Uppsala University and, prior to that, at the Global Health Division of Karolinska Institute. He has also been visiting professor at Makerere University in Uganda. As a health systems researcher and medical doctor, he has done extensive field work in Tanzania and Uganda, and has worked with different ministries of health, organizations such as WHO, and implemented projects supported by Sida, the Gates Foundation, and the European Union. He was also a co-founder of Medecins Sans Frontieres Sweden and the CCM Task Force Operations Research Group. Details and RSVP.

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  • Fri
    07
    Apr
    2017
    The University of Texas at Austin

    Submissions are open for Improving Population Health: Now, Across People’s Lives and Across Generations to Come meeting October 2 - 4, 2017.

    Call for submissions and how to submit an abstract.

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  • Thu
    20
    Apr
    2017
    1pm-2pm55 West 125th Street, Room 717

    Dr. Kayla de la Haye will be discussing how the complex web of family, friend, and peer relationships in which we are embedded—i.e., our social networks-- influence eating, physical activity, and obesity, and how the dynamics of our evolving behaviors and social networks shape population obesity rates. The talk will outline intervention and policy strategies that have the potential to activate, harness, or alter social networks and broader social-ecological systems, so that these social contexts play a more supportive role in the prevention and treatment of obesity.
    She has examined the spread of obesity in social networks, and produced innovative findings that peer network effects on obesity-related behaviors are important mechanisms underpinning this phenomenon. And she collaborates on several projects that explore how social-ecological systems influence health behaviors (diet, physical activity, substance use) in youth and families, and is working to develop interventions that activate and harness social networks to increase healthy behaviors and reduce disease risk among at-risk populations.
    Dr. Kayla de la Haye is an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California, and specializes in applying social network analysis and systems science to health promotion and disease prevention. She is also is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Network of Social Network Analysis (INSNA), and is a consulting editor for Connections (the official journal of INSNA). She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Adelaide in Australia.

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  • Mon
    24
    Apr
    2017
    4:30pm-6pm55 W 125th Street, Room 708

    The imbalance between the burden of mental disorders and the investments made to addressing it is indicated by the “10/90” gap: where 10% of global spending on research is directed towards the problems that affect the poorest 90% of the world’s population (Saxena et al., 2006). This research gap disproportionately affects low-and middle-income countries that high-income countries because prevent and treatment for mental disorders rely on cultural norms. The dearth of research is problematic for the design of policies and organization of practice globally. Addressing this gap, this talk starts with an overview of research methodologies in vogue within the global mental health epistemic community. I draw on my own publications, as well as those of my colleagues. I conclude by discussing promising avenues of research. Presented by Gordon Shen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at CUNY GSPHHP.

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  • Tue
    02
    May
    2017
    1pm-2:30pm55 W 125th Street, Room 628

    Dr. Alexis Descatha’s major field of work is in occupational health. He leads the occupational health unit at Poincaré Teaching hospital (Paris Hospital, Garches site, AP-HP) and is a Professor at the Versailles and St Quentin University (UVSQ). Dr. Descatha’s primary areas of interest involve the epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders. He also conducts research on emergencies in occupational settings and works in a pre-hospital intensive care unit (SAMU92). He is chairman of the scientific committee of Emergency Preparedness and Response for ICOH (the International Commission on Occupational Health).

    For more info: http://cvscience.aviesan.fr/cv/749/alexis-descatha

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  • Wed
    03
    May
    2017
    4pm-5:30pm55 W 125th Street, 7th Floor Auditorium

    Mario L. Small, Ph.D., is Grafstein Family Professor at Harvard University. Author of numerous award-winning books and articles on urban poverty, support networks, qualitative and mixed methods, and a host of other topics, Small is currently working to transform how social scientists use newly available forms of data to understand urban poverty and writing a book on how actors mobilize their networks when seeking social support.

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  • Mon
    15
    May
    2017
    3pm-6pm55 W 125th Street, Room 708

    Did you miss the fall 2016 seminar on writing grant proposals? Join the Center for Innovation in Mental Health and learn how to plan for external funding, prepare your grant proposal, and submit it. Understand the skills and support you need to find appropriate funding mechanisms, interpret funding announcements and complete proposal requirements, successfully package the proposal, and work with your SPH proposal team. Presented by Jennifer Wisdom, PhD MPH, Professor of of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Center for Innovation in Mental Health at CUNY GSPHHP.

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  • Mon
    19
    Jun
    2017
    2pm-5pm
    Robbins Auditorium
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    1300 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY
  • Wed
    27
    Sep
    2017
    4pm-5:30pmRoom 708

    Dr. Collins Airhihenbiwa, PhD, MPH
    Founder and CEO, U-Rise, LLC
    FMR. Dean and Professor, College for Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University, MO

    Dr. Collins Airhihenbuwa is a global expert on health behavior and a pioneer in centralizing culture in health behaviors. He has led research collaborations, institutional partnerships, and mentoring of faculty and professional staff at various institutions globally. He is the author of PEN-3 model used to locate health behaviors in cultures. He is a consultant to several UN agencies, including WHO, UNFPA, and UNAIDS. He has authored over 130 articles, book chapters, and books. Books include Health and Culture: Beyond the Western Paradigm (1995); Healing Our Differences: the Crisis of Global Health and the Politics of Identity (2007); He was the lead author of the UNAIDS Communications Framework for HIV/AIDS: A New Direction, 2000, sponsored by UNAIDS and involved 100+ researchers and practitioners from 5 continents with final report translated into French, Spanish and KiSwahili. He is co-author of Public Health Critical Race Praxis. He is a former President and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education and a fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Previously, he served as head of the department of Biobehavioral health at Penn State and more recently as Dean of the College for public health and social justice at Saint Louis University. Dr. Airhihenbuwa received a BS from Tennessee State University and an MPH and PhD from the University of Tennessee.

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  • Mon
    02
    Oct
    2017
    AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, The University of Texas at Austin

    The 3rd annual interdisciplinary population health research conference will bring scholars and practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds together to share and discuss the science, practice and policy of population health. This meeting is also the first membership meeting of The Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS).

    The conference is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is organized by the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science, the Population Research Institute at Penn State University,The Population Research Center at the University of Texas, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University and the Institute for Policy and Social Research at the University of Kansas.

    The submission deadline is April 7, 2017.

    • Who should submit? Population health scientists from any academic discipline, career stage, and sector committed to improving population health in the U.S.
    • The meeting is free and open to the public. Registration is required and will be open in late May!

    Please click here to read our Call for Submissions and How to Submit an Abstract for the Conference.

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  • Tue
    03
    Oct
    2017
    3pm-4:30pm55 W 125th Street, Room 708

    Kelli O’Laughlin, MD, MPH, attended the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine (2003) and completed her emergency medicine residency at the University of California, Los Angeles / Olive-View UCLA Emergency Medicine Residency Program (2007). She earned her MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health (2008). She is an emergency medicine physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is a Research Fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital Medical Practice Evaluation Center. Dr. O’Laughlin is faculty at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and the Partners Center of Expertise in Global and Humanitarian Health.

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  • Wed
    15
    Nov
    2017
    4pm-5:30pmRoom 708

    Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University

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  • Wed
    22
    Nov
    2017
    4:00 pm55 W 125th Street, Room 717

    Shotgun Metagenomics studies the microbial diversity of specific environments, including the human body. It allows obtaining snapshots of the taxonomic composition and functional potential of a microbial community (microbiome). These microbiome characteristics are niche-specific and are shaped by biochemical factors, such as oxygen and nutrients availability, pH, and temperature. The thousands of bacteria, archaea, viruses, and micro eukaryotes in a microbiome are cross-interacting through ecological relations of mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism. However, despite their relevance, the network of interactions between microbes in microbiomes are not yet well understood, and methods that can scale up to thousands of samples are not available. Here we propose a new method to build microbe-microbe interaction networks, and apply it to thousands of microbiomes from the curatedMetagenomicData resource, a collaboration between CUNY and the University of Trento providing the largest collection of consistently processed shotgun metagenomics datasets available. We considered as features the relative abundances of each species in >4400 human gut microbiome samples from healthy individuals. Preliminary experiments show that our method can easily scale to the number of samples present in the curatedMetagenomicData. Other methods we tested, i.e. CCREPE and SPIEC-EASI, fail to scale to the same number of input samples. The results we obtained provided preliminary insights about the interactions between microbes in the healthy human gut microbiome. In particular, several Bacteroides genera belonging to the Bacteroidetes phylum showed a positive correlation among each other, suggesting that specific host and environment have a similar impact on these phylogenetically related organisms. Interestingly, we found nodes with a high number of connections to involve genera that are usually of low abundance and understudied, thus confirming that some interactions would need to be further explored. We foresee the possibility to use the reconstructed networks to characterize microbiome types.

    About the Speaker

    Francesco Asnicar is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Trento, Italy, supervised by Prof. Enrico Blanzieri at the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) and Prof. Nicola Segata at the Laboratory Computational Metagenomics at the Centre for Integrative Biology (CIBIO). Francesco’s main work is studying the microbiome through shotgun metagenomics, by developing new computational analysis tools, with a particular interest on microbial ecology and phylogenomics analysis.

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  • Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017
    4pm-5:30pmRoom 708

    President, Mount Sinai Downtown
    Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Mount Sinai Health System

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  • Wed
    13
    Dec
    2017
    12pm-1:30pm55 W 125th Street, Room 800

    Sheri Weiser, MD, MPH, MA, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and internist at UC San Francisco’s Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Her research focuses on the impact of food insecurity and other social and structural factors on treatment outcomes for HIV and other chronic diseases. Dr. Weiser also evaluates food insecurity interventions as a way to improve health outcomes in domestic and international settings. She is currently leading several NIH-funded longitudinal studies to understand impacts of food insecurity on HIV treatment outcomes, cardiovascular risk, and aging outcomes among HIV-infected women. Dr. Weiser is also leading several domestic and international clinical trials evaluating food insecurity and livelihood interventions as a way to improve HIV treatment outcomes. She has published over 100 manuscripts on food insecurity and related topics, including HIV stigma, mental health, and women’s empowerment, and has been the principal investigator on over 20 research grants in the area. Dr. Weiser actively mentors students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty, and currently has an active NIH K24 mentoring award where she is focusing on mentorship in the area of health disparities, HIV and aging. She completed her medical degree at Harvard Medical School and then completed residency training in internal medicine at UCSF. Dr. Weiser also earned an MA in Medical Anthropology from Harvard University and an MPH in Epidemiology from UC Berkeley.

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  • Wed
    07
    Feb
    2018
    4pm-5:30pm55 W 125th Street, 7th Floor Auditorium

    Dr. S. V. Subramanian

    Professor of Population Health and Geography

    S (“Subu”) V Subramanian is a Professor of Population Health and Geography at Harvard University, and Director of a University-wide Initiative on Applied Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences. He was also the Founding Director of Graduate Studies for the interdisciplinary PhD program in Population Health Sciences. He received his under- and post-graduate training at the University of Delhi, and completed his PhD in geography from the University of Portsmouth, UK.

    Working in collaborations with scholars across the world, he has published over 500 articles, book chapters, and books in the field of social and contextual determinants of health, health inequalities in India, and applied multilevel statistical models. He has been named among Highly Cited Researchers (top 1% of cited publications in Web of Science) in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

    His current research interests include exploring the role of individual heterogeneity in population health narratives, the reciprocal association between neighborhoods and health; and understanding the causes and consequences of undernutrition and development among children in disadvantaged settings.

    As an educator, Subu was the first to develop a course on the concept and application of multilevel statistical methods at Harvard, which he has been successfully teaching at Harvard since 2001, as well as around the world. He has advised over 100 masters, doctoral and postdoctoral students as mentor, academic advisor and dissertation committee member. Subu is the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the international journal Social Science & Medicine (SSM), in addition to be being a Co-Senior Editor for the social epidemiology office of SSM. He is also the founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of a new journal SSM – Population Health. He is an editorial consultant to The Lancet, and an international advisory board member for the Lancet Global Health.

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  • Wed
    14
    Mar
    2018
    4pm-5:30pm55 W 125th Street, Room 708

    Implementation Research and Global Health: The experience of IDRC in reproductive, maternal, child, adolescent health and in health information systems

    Montasser’s 30 years of work experience started in Egypt as a graduate of Cairo University’s medical school. He is a holder of an MSc in Medical Anthropology from Brunel University, UK; and a Ph.D in Medical Anthropology from McGill University. Montasser is the Program Leader for the Maternal and Child Health team at Canada's International Development Research Centre. Before joining IDRC Montasser was the Deputy Director for Global Health Policy and Research at Global Affairs Canada. He also worked at the former Canadian International Development Agency CIDA as the Team Leader of the Health Specialists, and brings experience as a Reproductive Health Policy Advisor and as Manager of Multilateral Health Institutions and Partnerships. Between 2007-2014 he work at the Regional Office of the Ford Foundation in Cairo where he was a Senior Program Officer for Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS in part supporting implementation research. Montasser's areas of interest and expertise include implementation research, sexual and reproductive health and rights, health systems strengthening, promoting greater government accountability, and knowledge generation and dissemination.

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  • Tue
    20
    Mar
    2018
    1pm-2pm55 W 125th Street, Room 717

    Promoting Health Equity in the Americas: One Community at a Time

    The ISPH along with the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy will host on March 20th, 2018 in room 717 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm Associate Professor of Global Public Health and Project Director for the UMASS Center for Digital Health, at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Dr. Maria Julia Brunette will deliver a talk on “Promoting Health Equity in the Americas: One Community at a Time.”

    In this presentation Dr. Brunette will discuss her experience implementing and sustaining community-based mechanisms to address global health disparities. Her recent research endeavors will be illustrated by three case studies related to the occupational health issues among migrant workers in the United States; the quality of working life of low-income industrial workers in Peru; and the strengthening of healthcare systems in a high-Tuberculosis burden area in the South.

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  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018
    4pm-5:30pmRoom 708

    Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Laboratory in Primary Heatlh Care (LIPAPS)
    Adjunct Professor, Medical Psychology (PSIMED)
    Coordinator for the Center of Mental Health, Polyclinic Piquet Carneiro (PPC)
    Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ)

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  • Wed
    18
    Apr
    2018
    4pm-5:30pmRoom 708

    Inheritance & Health: What Really Matters for Health Equity? – Considering History, Jim Crow, and Racialized Economic Segregation

    Nancy Krieger, PhD

    Professor of Social Epidemiology
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    What type of inheritance truly matters for the people’s health? This question gains new urgency as genomics and precision medicine take center stage in US biomedicine, taxes for corporations and the wealthy are slashed, regulations and programs to protect the environment and public health are undermined, and racism and coddling of white supremacy are evident at the highest levels of the US government. Guidance is perhaps surprisingly offered by the work of Wilhelm Johannsen, who in 1909 coined the terms “gene,” “genotype,” and “phenotype.” He was worried that biologists’ uncritical use of the term “inheritance” would become conflated with what he termed its “every day” meaning, i.e., “the `transmission’ of money or things, rights or duties – or even ideas and knowledge – from one person to another or to some others: the `heirs’ or `inheritors.’” Johannsen was right to worry. For public health, the decidedly non-biological type of inheritance is key – and is getting short shrift. As history shows, societal regulation and restriction of massive concentrations of private inheritance, along with promotion of public inheritance and support for shared and inclusive knowledge, is what best enables societies to improve population health and promote health equity. To underscore this point, empirical examples will be provided regarding: (1) the health impacts of spatial social and economic polarization on health, as quantified using the Index of Concentration at the Extremes, and (2) the beneficial impact of the abolition of Jim Crow, its embodied legacy in contemporary health inequities, and new initiatives tackling structural racism to promote equity, including health equity.

    Nancy Krieger is Professor of Social Epidemiology and American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and Director of the HSPH Interdisciplinary Concentration on Women, Gender, and Health. She is an internationally recognized social epidemiologist (PhD, Epidemiology, UC Berkeley, 1989), with a background in biochemistry, philosophy of science, and history of public health, plus 30+ years of activism involving social justice, science, and health. She is an ISI highly cited scientist (since 2004; reaffirmed: 2015), a group comprising “less than one-half of one percent of all publishing researchers.” Dr. Krieger’s work addresses: (1) conceptual frameworks to understand, analyze, and improve the people’s health, including the ecosocial theory of disease distribution she first proposed in 1994, concerned with embodiment and equity; (2) etiologic research on societal determinants of population health and health inequities; and (3) methodologic research on improving monitoring of health inequities.

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    24
    Apr
    2018
  • Wed
    02
    May
    2018
    4pm-5:30pmRoom 708

    Sandro Galea, a physician and an epidemiologist, is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. Galea’s scholarship has been at the intersection of social and psychiatric epidemiology, with a focus on the behavioral health consequences of trauma, including firearms. He has published more than 700 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters, and 13 books, and his research has been featured extensively in current periodicals and newspapers. His latest book, "Healthier: Fifty Thoughts on the Foundations of Population Health," was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. Galea holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto and graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow. Galea was named one of "Time" magazine’s epidemiology innovators, and has been listed by Thomson Reuters as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.” He is past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Epidemiological Society. Galea has received several lifetime achievement awards for his research, including the Rema Lapouse Award from the American Public Health Association and the Robert S. Laufer, PhD, Memorial Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He is a regular contributor to "Fortune" magazine and has published widely in the lay press, including the "Wall Street Journal," "Harvard Business Review," the "Boston Globe," and "The New York Times." His research has been cited by these publications as well as BBC, Slate, WBUR, and NPR, among others.

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