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One Health Graduate Seminar

March 3rd, 2015 by Mary Wood

Sessions : Monday and Wednesday 6:00pm‐8:00pm

Global health problems are complex and require culturally-sensitive, socially-acceptable, and action-oriented approaches to create practical and cost-effective solutions using a case-based format. This course will examine major health problems created by the convergence of human, animal, and environmental influences.

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REGISTRATION & CLASS DETAILS:

SPRING 2015:
Sessions for this one unit course take place every Monday and Wednesday 6:00pm‐8:00pm from March 30th to April 29th
One hundred percent attendance is required.

Participants can attend in Davis (Genome, Room 6202) or Sacramento (Education Building, Room 3228B). The class size for this course is limited; thus, a selection process is often implemented in order to maintain appropriate numbers and representation across disciplines.

2015 One Health Graduate Seminar Flyer

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Public Health: Behavioral & Social Sciences Research and Program Evaluation

January 22nd, 2013 by Amy Studer
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Blaisdell Medical Library, UCDMC

Here are two new online resources for public health:

1.    e-Source:  Behavioral & Social Sciences Research

Developed by the  Office of Behavioral & Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the NIH, “inside you will find 20 interactive chapters with authoritative answers to methodological questions on behavioral and social science research. With contributions from a team of international experts, this anthology provides the latest information on addressing emerging challenges in public health.”  Among other topics, chapters cover theory development and social and behavioral theories.

2.   A Guide to Evaluation in Health Research

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) offers this online module designed to to build knowledge and skill in the area of evaluation of health and health research initiatives.

Please let us know what you think about these resources.

Symp: Cumulative Impacts & Children’s Environmental Health

January 8th, 2013 by Mary Wood

Jan 16–17 California Environmental Protection Agency in Sacramento and online

Symposium:  Cumulative Impacts and Children’s Environmental Health

January 16-17, 2013
Coastal Hearing Room
Cal EPA
1001 I St.
Sacramento

Select sponsoring and contributing organizations:

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment of the California Environmental Protection Agency

Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit of the University of California San Francisco

MIND Institute at the University of California Davis
Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Investigator
…..presentation 1/16: Current State of the Evidence on Environmental Exposures and Autism — Irva Hertz-Picciotto, PhD. MIND Institute, University of California Davis

WEBCAST — This symposium will be webcast by the California Environmental Protection Agency. View information about the webcast here.

Endocrine disruptors and household products: a study

March 9th, 2012 by Mary Wood

MedlinePlus Health News Thursday, March 8, 2012

Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Found in Many Household Products: Study

Tests of more than 200 common household products found that the products contain chemicals that research suggests may be linked to asthma and hormone disruption, researchers report.

Products tested included a wide range of household products, such as soaps, lotions, detergents, cleaners, sunscreens, air fresheners, kitty litter, shaving cream, vinyl shower curtains, pillow protectors, cosmetics and perfumes.

Researchers identified 55 chemicals that studies have shown may have health consequences. Among the chemicals detected were various types of phthalates, which have been linked to reproductive abnormalities and asthma; bisphenol A (BPA), which is being phased out of many baby bottles and children’s toys because of concerns about the effect on fetuses and young children; and parabens, which some research suggests may mimic estrogen in the body and have been associated with breast cancer…

This news is based on the recently published paper:

Endocrine Disruptors and Asthma-Associated Chemicals in Consumer Products
Dodson, Nishioka, Standley, Perovich, Brody, and Rudel

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Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)

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EHP: monthly peer-reviewed journal
NIH, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
All EHP content is free online; the journal’s impact factor is 6.09

The National Academies Press

February 24th, 2012 by Mary Wood

Evidently I have an RSS feed for NAP books on Public Health, because following is a list of new titles I received.

Beyond just public health, the National Academies Press publish broadly in the sciences, engineering, and health.

All NAP publications are available free online

The UC Davis libraries include indexing and access information for NAP titles in the Harvest catalog, and often purchase hard copies, as well.

The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academies to publish the reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health, capturing the most authoritative views on important issues in science and health policy. The institutions represented by the NAP are unique in that they attract the nation’s leading experts in every field to serve on their award-wining panels and committees. The nation turns to the work of NAP for definitive information on everything from space science to animal nutrition.

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New Public Health titles:

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….Informing the Future: Critical Issues in Health

….Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research

….Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies

….Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality

….Prepositioning Antibiotics for Anthrax

….Essential Health Benefits: Balancing Coverage and Cost

….The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding

….Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care

….Breast Cancer and the Environment: A Life Course Approach

….Advancing Oral Health in America

….For the Public’s Health: Revitalizing Law and Policy to Meet New Challenges

….Climate Change, the Indoor Environment, and Health

….Learning What Works: Infrastructure Required for Comparative Effectiveness Research

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Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO)

February 13th, 2012 by Mary Wood

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GHLO™ is an AAMC application service designed for final year international and domestic medical students applying for clinical and research electives at institutions who are participating in the pilot phase.

Background

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recognizes that with ever-increasing globalization in medicine there is growing interest on the part of medical students and medical schools to incorporate international electives into medical education. Cross border medical exchanges enable students to work with different patient populations, develop cross-cultural understanding, and learn about health systems and approaches to medical care in other nations.

Increasingly, students are seeking international opportunities from their medical schools, but not all institutions have the capacity to develop and manage such programs.

To meet this demand, the AAMC is launching a new application service called Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO).  Now in a pilot phase, GHLO will facilitate clinical and research elective rotations globally for final year medical students. GHLO has been created to foster collaboration between American and international medical schools for student mobility through a robust web-based application service.

Today in PLoS Medicine: position data from cell phone SIM cards used to improve response following disaster

August 31st, 2011 by

Researchers use position data from SIM (subscriber identity module) cards following earthquake disaster to estimate trends and track population movement in Haiti.

PLoS Medicine: a peer-reviewed open-access journal

a peer-reviewed open-access journal

Bengtsson L, Lu X, Thorson A, Garfield R, von Schreeb J, 2011 Improved Response to Disasters and Outbreaks by Tracking Population Movements with Mobile Phone Network Data: A Post-Earthquake Geospatial Study in Haiti. PLoS Med 8(8): e1001083. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001083

Wildland Fire: Air Quality and Health

June 28th, 2011 by Mary Wood

Environmental health research is inherently multidisciplinary and collaborative.  Some of the research being done here at UC Davis in the area of air quality, air pollution and pulmonary health is being done by scientists in groups and centers identified in the following links.

Firefighters working in the Monument Fire smoke; credit Northern Rockies IMT

Excellence in Pulmonary Research

…..For the past 40 years, UC Davis has been recognized for excellence in research in basic pulmonary toxicology and comparative lung biology. UC Davis investigators have a strong record of developing collaborative research initiatives through the School of Veterinary Medicine, the California National Primate Research Center, the School of Medicine, and the College of Engineering.


Air Quality Research Center

…..Facilitates research on the scientific, engineering, health, social and economic aspects of gaseous and particulate atmospheric pollutants.
…..Air pollution research and education at UC Davis focus on urban and regional smog, indoor air quality, global climate change, health and environmental effects, and intermedia transfers. Investigations span both gaseous and particulate forms of air pollution, and employ theoretical, numerical, experimental, and policy approaches. Many departments, laboratories, faculty, staff, and students are employed solving these air pollution problems in the service of industry, state and federal governments, and non-profit organizations.

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Crocker Nuclear Laboratory, Air Quality Group

…..The Air Quality Group is a research group composed of professors, professional research scientists, staff research associates, and graduate and undergraduate students from the combined disciplines of Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Atmospheric Science and Ecology. The group is supported by extramural funding and grants and/or contracts from many sources, the largest being the National Park Service (NPS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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PubMed searches: wildland firefighters ; firefighters and respiratory
Toxline search: firefighters
Biosis:  wildland fire and air quality
Pollution Abstracts: wildland fire and air quality 

EcoHealth

May 17th, 2011 by Mary Wood

ONE HEALTH INSTITUTE
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

Frontiers in One Health Seminar
May 16th, noon, 1020 Valley

Disease Resurgence from Climatic and Ecological Change

Jonathan Patz, MD, PhD
University of Wisconsin (SAGE)
Health and Climate Change Expert

Nicholas Preston, PhD, post-doctoral scientist
UW Madison (SAGE)
Project Director of HealthScapes

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EcoHealth is an international, peer-reviewed journal focused on the integration of knowledge at the interface between ecological and health sciences.

full-text available via UCD online subscription with SpringerLink

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A suite of web tools for finding, analyzing, and sharing global environmental health information

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Articles by JA Patz indexed in PubMed.

World Malaria Day

April 25th, 2011 by Mary Wood


World Malaria Day on the UC Davis campus

The annual World Malaria Day observance on the University of California, Davis, campus will be a daylong retreat showcasing UC Davis scientists’ current research in vector biology and genetics.

Monday, April 25
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gourley Clinical Teaching Center, Room 1102
School of Veterinary Medicine

Schedule of events

Published research of participating faculty, as indexed in PubMed:
Anton Cornel, Department of  Entomology
Shirley Luckhart, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, UC Davis School of Medicine
Gregory Lanzaro, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine
Janet Foley, Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine

UC Davis Center for Vectorborne Diseases

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