New Center Puts International Health Concerns at Forefront of UAlbany School of Public Health Initiatives
Contact(s): Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150, (firstname.lastname@example.org)What:
• Philip C. Nasca, Dean, School of Public Health, University at Albany
• Carol Whittaker, assistant dean for global health, School of Public Health, University at Albany
• Louise-Anne McNutt, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, School of Public Health, University at Albany
• Recai Yucel, assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, School of Public Health, University at Albany Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
• Steffany Cavallo, Master of Public Health graduate (2008) with a concentration in Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University at Albany
Massry Conference Center at the Cancer Research Center, University at Albany East Campus, 1 Discovery Drive, Rensselaer, NY
Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 3:45 p.m. news conference; 4 p.m. faculty/student presentations
Recai Yucel, assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics: In Turkey public health is a developing field within medical schools but biostatistical research is not yet as fully integrated into the discipline as it is in the United States. Dr. Yucel, a native of Turkey has consulted with colleagues at Hacettepe University, exploring opportunities for faculty and student exchanges and a dual diploma program modeled on other such programs within the SUNY system.
Steffany Cavallo, Master of Public Health graduate (2008) with a concentration in Epidemiology: Cavallo, a member of the Public Health Leaders of Tomorrow (PHLOT) program, has been selected for a PHLOT Fellowship and will work with the Albany County Health Department. Cavallo spent part of the summer at the School of Public Health in Costa Rica. UAlbany SPH is exploring exchanges and collaborative research with the School.
Through its partnership with the New York State Department of Health, UAlbany's School of Public Health offers students immediate access to internships at the Health Department, Albany Medical College, and variety of other public and private health institutions throughout New York. The school serves as the academic anchor of the East Campus, the biotech hub of the university's life sciences research, which includes the Cancer Research Center, home to the Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics and the Center for Functional Genomics.
Students and faculty at UAlbany's globally-oriented School of Public Health study the most profound health issues facing us today: the origins of disease such as cancer, the threat of bioterrorism, the spread of HIV/AIDS and other emerging diseases, the lack of affordable and accessible health care for individuals and families, environmental hazards, substance abuse and social violence, maternal mortality in developing countries, the promises and threats of genetic engineering, and protecting food and water supplies.