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SPH Professor Akiko Hosler Appointed to Health Advisory Board

February 19, 2010

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UAlbany's Akiko Hosler

SPH assistant professor Akiko Hosler has been appointed to the American Diabetes Association Initiative Advisory Board.

UAlbany School of Public Health assistant professor Akiko Hosler has been appointed by the Japanese Research Institute (JRI) to advise on a Japanese Government-sponsored initiative to study chronic disease across an international database of health profiles.

The seven-member advisory board is comprised of epidemiologists and health service researchers from universities and national research institutes in Japan and the United States.  The advisory board has identified 18 major cohort studies in the European Union, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Iceland, the U.S., Singapore and Japan, including EPIC, UK Biobank, Nurses’ Health Study, and the Framingham Study.  Dr. Hosler will participate in interviews with key study personnel of some of the U.S.-based studies.

The Initiative Advisory Board will conduct an inventory of the existing cohort profile studies, reviewing topics such as informed consent and the recruitment process, and inquiring about methodologies so the Japanese government can begin a new large cohort study.  The new study focus is on “all health cohort.”  Hosler will facilitate interviews with key study personnel of some of the U.S.-based studies. 

The Japan Research Institute is one of the largest private research organizations in Japan.

“Diabetes and associated cardiovascular diseases have become a major public health problem in many developed countries and are beginning to emerge as serious threats to the health of populations in developing countries. Professor Hosler's appointment will provide this panel with her expertise in community based research aimed at diabetes prevention and control,” said Philip Nasca, dean of the School of Public Health.

Hosler has served as a member of the American Diabetes Association’s National Asian American Pacific Islander Work Group since February 2009. The group provides guidance to ADA as it develops strategies to best serve Asian and Pacific Islander populations. Hosler’s appointment to the ADA work group was based on her expertise in diabetes epidemiology, especially racial/ethnic disparities in diabetes, and her experience in implementing and evaluating public health interventions to address the disparities. She recently attended a work group meeting held during the ADA’s Executive Board Meeting in Virginia where she presented a study on gestational diabetes and participated in the development of the ADA’s national strategic plan.

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