An Integrated Approach to Identifying Early Life Causes of Childhood Asthma
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison
Speaker Bio: Dr. James (Jim) Gern’s research group is conducting several NIH-funded translational research studies to define the role of viral infections and other environmental factors in the initiation and disease activity of asthma, and to identify interactions between host, viral and environmental factors (e.g. bacteria) that determine the severity of respiratory illnesses.
Identifying Opportunities for Implementation Science Approaches in the ECHO Program
Nigel Paneth, MD, MPH
Michigan State University
Kelly Hirko, PhD, MPH
Michigan State University
About the Speakers:
Nigel Paneth is a pediatrician and perinatal and child health epidemiologist with a particular interest in the causes and prevention of childhood neurodevelopmental handicap, especially cerebral palsy. After training in pediatrics and epidemiology, Dr. Paneth began his academic career at Columbia University in 1978 in the newly established Sergievsky Center, a research unit created to examine the etiology of epilepsy and other brain disorders. There he conducted studies of the relationship of perinatal medical care to patterns of fetal and infant mortality, particularly in premature infants. Dr. Paneth’s NIH-supported case-control study of cerebral palsy (CP) from 2009-2012 showed that considerable amounts of mRNA are reliably preserved on newborn blood spots, and hat gene expression in the newborn period differs in children who will later develop CP. His continued interest in CP is reflected in serving on the international task force on the definition and classification of CP.
Kelly Hirko is an epidemiologist and community-based researcher focusing on the role of lifestyle and behavioral factors on health disparities. Kelly recently completed the NCI’s Training Institute for Dissemination & Implementation Research in Cancer facilitated course and is interested in investigating the implementation of evidence-based interventions in tobacco cessation and interested in physical activity to address rural cancer disparities. Kelly earned her Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health, and her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Nutritional Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Michigan State University.
Outcome Areas: Airways
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 1 to 2pm
Drs. Paneth and Hirko will use their cumulative epidemiology expertise to discuss opportunities with ECHO for implementation of methods to promote the systematic uptake of research findings and other evidence-based practives into routine practice, and to improve the quality and effectiveness of healthcare.
Advancing Discovery in ECHO: Creating a Transdisciplinary Learning Culture Through Use of Life Course Models
Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Department of Pediatrics
About the Speaker: Rosalind J Wright MD, MPH, is the Horace W. Goldsmith Professor of Life Course Health Research in the Departments of Pediatrics and Environmental Medicine & Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) in New York. She is also Dean of Translational Biomedical Sciences for the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS), a clinician scientist and Program Director and Principal Investigator of Conduits, the Institute for Translational Sciences for the Mount Sinai Health System (the NCATs-funded CTSA).
She is an internationally recognized clinician scientist and life course epidemiologist with transdisciplinary training in molecular biology, environmental health, social determinants, and stress mechanisms. Her background includes transdisciplinary training and expertise in environmental exposure assessment as well as genetics, epigenetics, and psychosocial stress measurement applied to environmental health studies across the life course.
Outcome Areas: Neurodevelopment; Pre-, peri, and postnatal; Airways
Date: Wednesday, April 10, 1 to 2pm
Lessons learned from developing a transdisciplinary team science and making discoveries at the intersections of various research disciplines outside of any one individual field.