The National Institutes of Health (NIH) presented CPH faculty members Julianna Nemeth, PhD, and Steve Oghumu, PhD, with Career Development (K) Awards, providing them with additional funding for their research projects and developmental support in the early stages of their careers.
Nemeth, an assistant professor (practice) of health behavior and health promotion at CPH, focuses on reducing health disparities for people impacted by high levels of violence; examining the correlation between exposure to violence and use of substances. She will use her grant to develop smoking cessation interventions for homeless youth.
“Mary Ellen Wewers worked extensively with me as I was developing the grant itself and the application,” Nemeth said. “Pam Salsberry, who is a professor here, also was instrumental in looking at some of my formative drafts of my proposal and giving me ideas and suggestions. The Institute for Population Research grant group was wonderful in supporting me, too.”
Oghumu is a research scientist and adjunct assistant professor of environmental health sciences at CPH. His studies primarily focus on oral cancer and ways to control the disease’s development using compounds that modify the immune response. Oghumu will use his NIH-K grant to determine how black raspberries, a food that CPH researcher have found may prevent cancer development, affect immune cells. The knowledge gained from this research could be used to improve oral cancer prevention and treatment.
“Many professors within the college have been very helpful,” Oghumu said. “A number of professors here are my mentors, like Dr. [Chris] Weghorst, who is my primary mentor. The dean of the college (William Martin II, MD] and the interim chair of environmental health sciences [Mike Bisesi, PhD] have also been very supportive. I wouldn’t have gotten this without them.”