Research News

Research forums a rite of passage for many students

Mikafui Dzotsi and Christopher Weghorst, PhD

In March, three of the college’s doctoral students placed in the top three in their respective categories at the Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum.

Brittany Keller-Hamilton (epidemiology) placed second for her research on the effects of outdoor tobacco advertising on young males; Seungjen Lee (environmental health sciences) placed second with his research on microcystin...

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Researchers seek to identify specific carcinogens affecting firefighters

Susan Olivo-Marston and Olorunfemi Adetona

CPH researchers Susan Olivo-Marston, PhD, MPH, Olorunfemi Adetona, PhD, and Darryl Hood, PhD, are building off of this study to find ways to improve firefighters’ occupational safety.

The team will use biological markers in firefighters to identify which specific contaminants emitted in structural fire smoke are associated with cancer.

Olivo-Marston, assistant professor of...

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“Smart Foodsheds” project aims to improve food security in Columbus, Sacramento

Ayaz Hyder, PhD

Although food is mass produced to feed the world’s population, health and nutritional disparities like food insecurity still affect millions of lives. Working to address these disparities is Ayaz Hyder, PhD, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the College of Public Health. Hyder is co-principal investigator on a new National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project aimed at...

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Two CPH Faculty Members Receive NIH-K Grants to Support Research and Career Development

Julianna Nemeth, PhD (left), and Steve Oghumu, PhD (right), each received Career Development (K) Awards from the National Institutes of Health.

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...

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Epi PhD candidate wins national award for dissertation on pediatric traumatic brain injury

Jin Peng, MD, MS

Jin Peng, MD, MS, PhD candidate of epidemiology at The Ohio State University College of Public Health, received the Joseph J. Tepas Award at the 2017 Pediatric Trauma Society Annual Meeting in November. The competitive award is issued annually to recognize non-physician researchers who demonstrate excellence in pediatric trauma research.

Peng was honored for her dissertation research, “...

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Team Science = Research Success: A Q&A with Dr. Chris Weghorst

CPH Associate Dean for Research Chris Weghorst, PhD

For the fall/winter 2017 issue of our magazine, Ohio State Public Health, we sat down with Associate Dean for Research Christopher Weghorst, PhD, to talk about research at the college and the role his office plays to advance discoveries.


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Ohio’s opioid crisis: ‘We're all in this together’

A mural in the plaza of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

When Ohio Governor John Kasich passed through the sunlit atrium of the Ohio Statehouse one morning in early April, he noticed a meeting taking place with an all too familiar theme.

It was two days after Kasich gave his State of the State address in Sandusky, Ohio, where he discussed, among other needs, the opioid epidemic that has been ravaging his state. So when he stumbled...

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MPH student spends rewarding summer conducting research in Nicaragua

It was an unforgettable and rewarding summer for College of Public Health (CPH) student Pallavi Oruganti, who spent her precious summer months in Los Robles, Jinotega, Nicaragua, conducting fieldwork and collecting data for her Master of Public Health (MPH) culminating project.

Oruganti was part of an interdisciplinary research team made up of Ohio State students from public health,...

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Grant to help Gallo debunk contraceptive myths in Kingston, Jamaica

Maria Gallo, PhD, associate professor in The Ohio State University College of Public Health’s Division of Epidemiology, received a $120,000 grant from the Society of Family Planning to help educate adult women about contraceptive options in Kingston, Jamaica.

Gallo and the research team hope to debunk myths and confusion surrounding contraceptive safety. Contraceptive methods often go...

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CPH faculty members receive $1.5 million CDC grant to study dramatic rise of syphilis

With syphilis rates rising across the country, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has awarded a $1.589 million grant to The Ohio State University faculty members William Miller, MD, MPH, chair of the College of Public Health’s Division of Epidemiology, and Abigail Norris Turner, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the College of Medicine and CPH associate...

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Five years before brain cancer diagnosis, changes detectable in blood

Judith Schwartzbaum, PhD

Immune-system activity weakens before symptoms arise

Changes in immune activity appear to signal a growing brain tumor five years before symptoms arise, new research has found.

Interactions among proteins that relay information from one immune cell to another are weakened in the blood of brain cancer patients within five years before the cancer is diagnosed,...

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Song, Berman among co-authors of research demonstrating dangers of ventilated cigarettes

Min-Ae Song, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the CPH Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science, and Micah Berman, JD, CPH assistant professor, were among the co-authors on new research which shows that so-called “light” cigarettes have no health benefits to...

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Public health students excel at annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

Seven undergraduate students from the College of Public Health presented their thesis research on March 29 at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum held at OSU, with two students receiving awards for their research.

Montgomry Burgoon, Katherine Friedman, Lea Ghastine, Sarah Jossart, Rana Khalil, Allison Porter and Mariah Wood presented their...

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CPH Faculty and Postdocs Share Their Work at 2nd Annual Research Day

Abby Shoben presents at Research Day 2017

Twenty-eight faculty and postdoctoral researchers from all areas of the college shared their research with each other through presentations and posters at the 2nd Annual Research Day, held on Feb. 17 at Thompson Library.

The event was organized by the associate dean for research, Chris Weghorst, Ph.D., and a committee of faculty and staff with the purpose of promoting inter-...

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Ohio State Public Health Researcher Receives 4-Year NIH Grant to Better Assess Donor Quality and Predict Post-Transplantation Outcomes for Kidney Transplant Patients

Over 16,000 end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergo kidney transplantation in the United States every year. For most ESRD patients, successful kidney transplantation provides longer survival and a better quality of life than dialysis.

Yet, waiting lists and waiting times for kidney transplants continue to grow in the United States. This is due, in part, to potentially viable...

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Gates Foundation Awards Ohio State Public Health Researcher Grand Challenges Grant For Groundbreaking Research in Global Health and Development

The College of Public Health has been awarded a Grand Challenges Explorations grant, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Alison Norris, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the OSU College...

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College of Public Health Surpasses Goal in But for Ohio State Campaign, Increasing Support for Students and Improving Lives

The College of Public Health recently raised $9,802,439 during the But for Ohio State capital campaign, surpassing our goal by more than $500,000. The funds raised support education, research and community engagement, allowing faculty and students to make an impact in public health both locally and internationally. 


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