Faculty Notes

Ndidi Amutah-Onukagha, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine (PHCM) spoke in November on a panel at the inaugural Black Health Matters Conference being sponsored by Harvard University and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The focus of the talk will be on sexual health activism for underserved communities.

Paul Beninger, MD, MBA, Director of the MD/MBA and MBS/MBA Programs and Assistant Professor of PHCM co-authored a paper entitled “Theranos Experience Exposes FDA Regulatory Loopholes” in Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development (2017) with Marcia Boumil, Professor of PHCM, Rohan Jotwani, MD/MBA ’17, and third year MD/MPH student Madeline Wetterhahn. He also published two papers and an editorial in Clinical Therapeutics (2017). Beninger presented a paper at the World Drug Safety Congress in May. He chaired a meeting at the Marcus Evans Evolution Summit that presented papers on issues facing Research and Development in the pharmaceutical industry, and moderated a roundtable, “Pharmacovigilance Operations & Strategies,” at Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development for more than 20 pharmaceutical companies.

Doug Brugge, PhD, MS, Professor of PHCM is the PI on a new grant from the Kresge Foundation to continue the work of a coalition of community and government partners to address traffic-related air pollution in Boston’s Chinatown.

Daniel B. Carr, MD, MA, Program Director, Pain, Research Education and Policy and Professor of PHCM co-chaired the 2017 Global Year Against Pain After Surgery, of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Its multiple activities included congresses, fact sheets in multiple languages, a new edition of a previous IASP book on this topic, and publication of a symposium proceedings, “Are Perioperative Opioids Obsolete?”, in IASP’s open access journal, PAIN Reports. Dr. Carr also was appointed to NIH’s Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, which publicly released the Federal Pain Research Strategy on October 23, 2017.

Mei Chung, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of PHCM gave a one-day workshop in Washington, DC on April 17, entitled “Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses in the Development of Food Policy: It’s Time to Set a Standardized Approach.” This workshop led to a sponsored online course offering that designed to teach end users of systematic reviews (with or without meta-analysis) the principles, utility, and methodologies of qualitative and quantitative evidence synthesis.

Olaf Dammann, MD, MSc has been named Vice Chair of the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. He is also thrilled to report that MD/MPH alumnus (’17) Ryan Flanagan’s manuscript, “The Epistemological Weight of Randomized-Controlled Trials Depends on Their Results” is forthcoming in the journal, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine.  This paper was the product of Ryan’s Applied Learning Experience for his MPH.

Sue Gallagher, MPH, Assistant Professor of PHCM served as a guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of AgroMedicine dedicated to socio-ecological approaches for improving agricultural safety and health. She also co-authored a commentary in the same issue titled “Using the Socio-ecological Model to Frame Agricultural Safety and Health Interventions.”

Jeffrey Griffiths, MD, MPH, Professor of PHCM spoke in Indonesia in September on antibiotic resistance and drinking water in Jakarta and Surabaya. In October, he helped teach an introductory biostatistics course to One Health MPH students from Africa and Asia at Hanoi Medical University in Vietnam. These activities were part of an Emerging Pandemic Threats USAID program that has been active at Tufts since 2010.

Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM, Director of the Digital Health Communication Certificate Program and Assistant Professor of PHCM had the non-profit she founded and runs at Tufts, RecycleHealth, featured in an ABC News article titled “Man loses 100 pounds in a year, assisted by donated fitness trackers.”

David Gute, MPH, PhD, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering co-led a plenary session on “Re-Integrating Engineering into Public Health Practice” at the University of North Carolina “Water and Health: Where Science Meets Policy” conference. This session featured a panel composed of practitioners and students from CARE, WHO, CDC, and UNC and Tufts.

Paul Hattis, MD, JD, MPH, Associate Professor of PHCM presented at Northeastern Law School on the Evolution of the MA Attorney General’s Guidelines for Hospitals and HMOs. He also testified before the MA Special Senate Committee on Health Care Cost Containment and Reform on how best to mitigate the harms of provider price variation in commercial health insurance payment.

Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, MEd, Assistant Professor of PHCM offered a pre-course on Teaching Health Literacy and Cultural Humility to Achieve Health Equity, at the ICCH & HARC Conference in Baltimore, MD. This professional development session explored the evolving constructs of cultural competency and cultural humility, strategies for teaching, and methods of evaluation. Professionals from seven different countries attended the session. The session was co-sponsored by the International Health Literacy Association (IHLA) and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) Global Workgroup on Health Literacy.

Barry S. Levy, MD, MPH, Adjunct Professor of PHCM presented a paper on climate change and its impacts on collective violence and forced migration, and on the impact of war on children at the APHA Annual Meeting. He also recently completed work as senior editor of the seventh edition of the textbook Occupational and Environmental Health, which will be published in November.

Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, Professor (secondary) of PHCM gave speeches at Columbia University and Tufts Medical Center titled “Dietary Pattern Shifts and/or Supplements to Fill Gaps Created by Chronic Disease and Drugs” and “Glycemic Index Helpful or A Red Herring?” respectively.

Dominique Michaud, ScD, Professor of PHCM published papers in Epidemiologic Reviews and Neuro-Oncology titled “Periodontal Disease, Tooth Loss, and Cancer Risk” and “Genotype-based gene signature of glioma risk” respectively. She also received a supplement for her NIH R01 grant on “Prospective immune profiling using methylation markers and pancreatic cancer risk.”

Beth Rosenberg, ScD, MPH, Assistant Professor of PHCM had a grant renewed to evaluate the United Steelworkers’ Health and Safety Training Program, which will allow her to interview refinery, chemical, and paper workers about what is working and what needs improvement in their training program.

Carolyn Rubin, EdD, Assistant Professor of PHCM, is looking at the role of arts and culture in Chinatown with Virginia Chomitz, PhD, MS, Associate Professor of PHCM and Susan Koch-Weser, ScM, ScD, Assistant Professor of PHCM in collaboration with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, which just opened the first Asian American arts center in the region. Rubin is also teaching a new field course that examines place-based public health in Chinatown. She is the Board President of the Friends of the Chinatown Library, a group that has been advocating since 2001 to bring a branch library back to Chinatown.

Alice Tang, PhD, ScM, Associate Professor of PHCM has been leading a global consortium over the last three years to determine a standardized cutoff for mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) to screen adolescent and adults for undernutrition globally. She has received a third round of funding from USAID’s Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA) project to disseminate the findings from this body of work.

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