SPHHS February 2017 eNews

The SPHHS E-Newsletter • February 2017


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Current incentives for new drugs to treat rare diseases are inadequate

Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management Rosa Rodriguez-Monguio and doctoral student Tai Spargo led an analysis of the effectiveness of the 1983 Orphan Drug Act that found that current incentives “are not sufficiently stimulating orphan drug development” by pharmaceutical companies. Learn more

Kinesiology, Engineering collaborate to invent MRI-compatible ergometer

The research team headed by Jane Kent, Professor of Kinesiology, and Frank Sup of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, will use the new ergometer to investigate the energetic mechanisms for changes in muscle function in old age and chronic disease. Learn more

Financial and health problems, stress are most common negative gambling impacts

In a new report, the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) research team found that financial problems were the most commonly reported negative impact of gambling, experienced by 3.8 percent of gamblers and roughly 51.1 percent of problem gamblers. Learn more

Sturgeon teams up on pilot study examining chemicals, breast density

Associate Professor of Epidemiology Susan Sturgeon will team up on a one-year pilot study of bisphenol A (BPA), phthalate and related compound levels and effects on breast density around the time when a woman is breast-feeding her first child. Learn more

Suvorov leads international team bringing new toxicology techniques to Russia

Alexander Suvorov, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, is leading an international team that aims to increase awareness of new toxicology techniques in Russia and to allow scientists to eliminate the use of lab animals. Learn more

Featured Video

Communication Disorders students connect with Parkinson’s community

Pioneer Valley residents with Parkinson’s disease learn vocal training techniques from UMass Amherst Communication Disorders graduate students, instructed by clinical assistant professor Lisa Sommers. Watch the video.

In the Spotlight

MPH student publishes review of school-based positive youth development interventions

MPH student Tess Curran wrote the paper for her honors thesis project while an undergraduate public health student at UMass Amherst. Faculty advisor Lisa Wexler is co-author of the publication. Learn more

Nutrition major awarded scholarship by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Melanie Wilk received the $3,000 award, which is sponsored by Mead Johnson Nutrition, a company that is focused on children’s nutrition. Wilk hopes to work with mothers and children in the future as part of her career as a dietitian. Learn more

Featured Events

March 23, 2017: SPHHS Career Networking & Development Conference

The SPHHS Career Networking and Development Conference will include networking roundtables, a career fair, and department-specific panel sessions. The event is free to all undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more

March 25, 2017: Shine a Light: Raising Aphasia and Stroke Awareness

Communication disorders graduate students will host a dance and music showcase to raise community awareness for stroke and aphasia on March 25, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Student Union's Cape Cod Lounge. Learn more

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