Lecture Series

The 30th Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture: "Medical Cannabis: Are You Ready for the New Frontier of Healthcare?"

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm

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Student Union Ballroom
Nutrition

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The Department of Nutrition will host the 30th Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, beginning at 6:00 pm in the Student Union Ballroom. This year, the department welcomes speaker Laura Lagano for a talk titled "Medical Cannabis: Are You Ready for the New Frontier of Healthcare?" 

With the expanding legalization of medical cannabis, consumers are seeking advice and guidance about its use for a myriad of health issues. Yet, few healthcare professionals learned about medical marijuana and the endocannabinoid system in their training. This session will illuminate the advances in medical cannabis care.

About Laura Lagano:

Co-founder of the Holistic Cannabis Academy (HCA), Laura Lagano is a registered dietitian nutritionist and health educator. Prior to co-founding the Academy, Lagano worked as a nutritionist in the New York City school system, and as consultant for Fortune 100 food companies. Lagano’s combined professional experiences provided her with the foundation to help establish and launch the Holistic Cannabis Academy in 2016.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Global Health Challenges: A Panel Discussion for Collaborative Solutions

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Friday, November 3, 2017 -
9:30am to 12:30pm

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Integrative Learning Center Room S240
Public Health
Biostatistics
Community Health Education
Environmental Health Sciences
Epidemiology
Health Policy and Management

Description: 

The UMass Amherst Institute for Global Health and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) will host “Global Health Challenges: A Panel Discussion for Collaborative Solutions” in the Integrative Learning Center Room S240 on Friday, November 3 from 9:30 to 11:15 am. The event will feature panelists Rita Colwell, former director of the National Science Foundation (NSF); Jennie Ward-Robinson, president and CEO of the PAHO Foundation; and Michael Depledge, former head of science at the UK Environment Agency.

The event will feature a student poster session following the panel discussion. It is free and open to the public.

About the Panelists:

Dr. Rita Colwell is a Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, senior advisor and chairman emeritus at Canon US Life Sciences, Inc., and president and CEO of CosmosID, Inc. She served as the eleventh director of the National Science Foundation from 1998 to 2004. In her capacity as NSF director, she served as co-chair of the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council. She has held many advisory positions in the U.S. government, nonprofit science policy organizations, and private foundations, as well as in the international scientific research community. Colwell is a nationally-respected scientist and educator, and has authored or co-authored 17 books and more than 750 scientific publications. Her research interests are focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health. Colwell is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world.

Dr. Jennie Ward Robinson, President and CEO of the PAHO Foundation, has over fifteen years of public service within nonprofit and for profit communities. She has served as Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs of the Alzheimer’s Association, was the founding CEO and Executive Director of the Institute for Public Health and Water Research, and an Associate Professor at The School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Texas A&M University. In addition, she has served on various Boards, including the EPA’s National Drinking Water Council, as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine, the Alliance for Water Efficiencies, and the Illinois Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Ward-Robinson holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has completed numerous executive and leadership training programs from leading institutions that include the Center for Creative Leadership and the Kellogg School of Nonprofit Management.

Dr. Michael Depledge is Chair of Advisory Board at the University of Exeter Medical School. From 2002-2006, he served as the Chief Scientific Advisor of the UK Government’s Environment Agency. After a 4 year term in which he produced the Agency’s first ever Science Strategy and created a Europe-wide partnership among the science departments of EU member state environment agencies, he returned to academia to take up his current Chair. Depledge also currently serves as chairman of the Science Advisory Group for Environment and Climate Change, in DG-Research, European Commission in Brussels. He is also the Royal Society’s environment representative on the European Academies Science Advisory Council. Since 1990 he has been an expert advisor on marine pollution to the United Nations, working in Brazil, Costa Rica, India, China, Vietnam and several other countries to develop the RAMP (Rapid Assessment of Marine Pollution) program for UNEP’s Global Oceans Observing System (GOOS). He also serves as an expert advisor to the World Health Organization (2001- ongoing). Depledge is interested in all aspects of biology, but especially the ways in which anthropogenic activities affect the environment and human health. The ecotoxicological research he conducted has focused on the effects of environmental pollutants on the physiology and behavior of marine invertebrates and subsequent ecological and evolutionary consequences. He has a particular interest in biomarkers that allow changes in the health and physiological status of organisms to be monitored over time, and how environmental change impacts the health and wellbeing of humans.

Exploring the Opioid Syndemic in Massachusetts Using Mixed Methods and Spatial Epidemiological Approaches

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 2:00pm

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Campus Center Room 911-15
Public Health
Community Health Education
Health Policy and Management

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The Health Policy and Management program hosts Thomas Stopka, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine for a talk titled "Exploring the Opioid Syndemic in Massachusetts: Using Mixed Methods and Spatial Epidemiological Approaches."

Refreshments at 1:45 pm
Contact: David Chin (dchin@umass.edu), Assistant Professor
Department of Health Promotion and Policy

Reducing Chemical Risks to Families: Linking the External Chemical Exposure to Biological Effect and Reduction in Adverse Health Outcomes

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Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 4:00pm

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Life Sciences Lab, Room S340
Public Health
Environmental Health Sciences

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Damian Shea, PhD 
Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology 
North Carolina State University 
Thursday, April 26th | 4:00pm p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Life Sciences Lab, Room S340             
                                          
We are exposed to thousands of chemicals every day through the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat and our contact with other contaminated substances. In his talk, Dr. Shea will explore the power and limitations of high-resolution chemical analysis to measure the chemical exposome--the totality of one’s exposure from conception onwards--and link this to potential biological effects with high-throughput cell-based toxicity assays. Examples will be drawn largely from his work in China, where he is studying how differential chemical exposure and risk relates to different family members and their roles and activities within the family and the cultural and financial barriers to reducing chemical exposure and potential adverse health outcomes.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

For more information visit: http://bit.ly/2iqQRAK

Contact: Olivia Hammond crf@psych.umass.edu

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Skinner Hall, Room 101
Public Health
Community Health Education
Health Policy and Management

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Assistant Professor of Community Health Education Elizabeth Evans will provide a talk titled "Public health approaches to address the opioid epdemic" as part of the College of Nursing's 2018 spring seminar series.

Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Enduring or are Antidepressant Medications Iatrogenic

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Monday, December 11, 2017 - 12:00pm

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Room 160W, Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst
Public Health
Community Health Education

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Does the addition of antidepressant medications to cognitive therapy (CT) have an iatrogenic effect that interferes with CT’s known enduring effect on depression? Might the combination possibly prolong the length of the underlying episode? In his talk, Dr. Hollon will present his research findings, which raise concerns that CT provided in combination with medication does little to prevent recurrence of depression.

Stephen Hollan, PhD is a Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Professor of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Hollan’s primary interest lies in the etiology and treatment of depression in adults. His work extends from basic psychopathology to prevention and treatment. He is particularly interested in the relative contribution of cognitive and biological processes to depression, and how the relative efficacies of psychosocial versus pharmacological interventions compare. A current interest is the prevention of depression, both with respect to its initial onset and subsequent recurrence following successful treatment.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED.