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Emerging Virus in Venezuela Uncovered by EGH Researcher

Gaby Blohm, a Post-Doctoral Associate, working in the Lednicky Lab at the University of Florida In 2016, during a zika virus disease outbreak in Venezuela, a young girl arrived at a hospital showing signs of a fever, rash, and joint pains. The patient’s plasma was sent to Colombia where serology tests…

EGH Goes Global: UF in Haiti

The Department of Environmental and Global Health (EGH) is proud to offer the first study abroad program in Haiti for undergraduate students at the University of Florida! Caitlyn Parente and Dr. Liz Wood hike through the Haitian countryside during data collection.   UF students learn to cook traditional Haitian meal…

UF Researchers Solve Chlamydia Mystery; Reveal Possible New Drug Target

The research team, led by Dr. Anthony Maurelli, of the Department of Environmental and Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute, that resolved the 60-year-old Chlamydia anomaly has solved another long-standing mystery of this important bacterial pathogen. Chlamydia trachomatis is the leading cause of bacteria sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United…

EGH Celebrates National Environmental Health Day 2018

Wednesday, April 4th, the Department of Environmental and Global Health celebrated Environmental Health Day. This day is recognized nation-wide as part of National Public Health Week. Students in the department collaborated with Public Health Student Association (PHSA) to organize a tabling event in the college’s courtyard. Students could…

Dr. Liz Wood publishes article in Food and Nutrition Research

Dr. Liz Wood, PhD, recently published an article titled “Household decision-making around food in rural Tajikistan: a cross-sectional study to help extension workers in the field” in Food & Nutrition Research. Dr. Wood co-wrote the article with Katharine McNamara, a PhD student in the Department of Environmental and Global Health,…

One Health student tackles small ruminant plague in Uganda

“If their animals die, these people can’t eat. They can’t afford to take their kids to school. They can’t afford medicine. We want to help protect their livelihoods.” – Emi Moore Moore presents work at EPI Research day after return from Uganda. On January 26th, Emi Moore, traveled from Gainesville, Florida to the…

One Health Student Rebecca Austin-Datta becomes CDC Science Ambassador Fellow

One Health PhD Student, Rebecca Austin-Datta, was recently invited to join the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Science Ambassador. This fellowship is highly coveted, with 174 applications submitted from 34 states and 5 countries in this cycle alone. Rebecca is 1 of 30 applicants who was…

Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood appointed to Smithsonian

Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood, Chair of the Department of Environmental and Global Health, was recently appointed as a Research Associate with the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington DC. Research Associates are nominated by a member of the Smithsonian’s Research Staff and are considered scholarly affiliates…

MPH Student, Marissa Valentine-King “Rocked” Public Health in 2017

Environmental and Global Health student, Marissa Valentine King, was recognized by the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice for the Students Who Rocked Public Health 2017. This is the second year that students contributions to the Public Health field were recognized by the publication. Valentine King, a PhD…

EGH Faculty meet Mayor of Jacmel

Several faculty members from the Department of Environmental and Global Health met and spoke with Marky Kessa, Mayor of Jacmel, Haiti during his recent visit to Gainesville. Jacmel is a longtime sister city of Gainesville, and Mayor Kessa was in town to attend the Greater Gainesville International Gala, on Saturday, December 9. Dr.

MHS student, Nick Dowhaniuk, publishes article with National Geographic

Environmental and Global Health MHS student, Nick Dowhaniuk, recently published “Sleeping on fire: A trip to Africa’s most dangerous volcano, in an active conflict zone” for National Geographic. As part of his work as a National Geographic Explorer, Dowhaniuk traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is home to Africa’s most active volcano,…

Dr. Sabo-Attwood Participates in a Leadership Event for African Women

The Society for Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Africa Conference hosted a workshop on women’s leadership in Calabar, Nigeria October 18, 2017. The event hosted 3 speakers, Dr. Artie Gerts from the Alterra Wageningen University and Research Centre, Netherlands, Dr Tara Sabo-Attwood from the Department of Environmental and Global Heath, University…

Transport, the Environment, and Public Health in China

In a paper published in the October 14 issue of the Lancet, Dr. Song Liang, an associate professor at the Department of Environmental and Global Health, joined with an international team consisting of experts in the fields of medicine, environmental health science, transportation safety,…

Dr. Sarah McKune published in the Journal of Health Communication

Dr. Sarah McKune recently published “The Opposite of Denial: Social Learning at the Onset of the Ebola Emergency in Liberia” in the Journal of Health Communication.As part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers from UF, Rutgers University, and the World Health Organization, Dr. Sarah McKune analyzed findings from…

One Health PhD Candidate Published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Marissa Valentine-King, a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental and Global Health had her latest work, “Antibacterial Resistance in Ureaplasma species and Mycoplasma hominis Isolates from Urine Cultures in College-aged Females,” featured in a press release by the American Society of Microbiology after publication in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy…

Team reports case of locally acquired dengue fever that occurred in Gainesville in 2016

Dr. Sarah White, a post-doctoral associate working with Dr. John Lednicky at the Dept. of EGH, and co-investigators Drs. Iovine and Nickels (UF Health/Shands Hospital) and Dr. Glenn Morris (Emerging Pathogens Institute) have revealed the first known laboratory-confirmed case of locally acquired dengue fever in Gainesville, Florida, which occurred in…

Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood awarded prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership

Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood was selected as one of only 54 candidates for the highly competitive Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM)®  Program at Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM). ELAM®  is “the premier national program preparing women in medical, dental and public health schools for the highest…

Congratulations EGH Departmental Award Winners

Congratulations to this year’s winners of our three Environmental and Global Health Department Awards: EGH Outstanding MPH Student Award: Alyssa C. Simons, MPH EGH Outstanding PHD Student Research Award: Sarah White, PhD EGH Outstanding MHS Student Award: Katharine McNamara, MHS  …

EGH Postdoc awarded for Poster Presentation

Maha Elbadry, 2015 EGH PhD graduate and current postdoctoral researcher, recently received Best in Group for Poster Presentations at UF’s Postdoc Research Symposium. The symposium aims to promote the research of UF postdocs as well as provide avenues for professional development. Dr. Elbadry presented her work on submicroscopic malaria infections…

Dr. John Lednicky participates in a Mitre Corporation sponsored workshop in Washington, DC

Dr. John Lednicky and 4 other world renowned virologists were invited to give ‘state-of-the-science’ presentations at a workshop in Washington, DC that was hosted by the Mitre Corporation. The Mitre Corporation is an American not-for-profit organization that manages Federally Funded Research and Development Centers supporting several U.S. government agencies.  Titled…

Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood Elected President of SESOT

Dr Tara Sabo-Attwood, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Global Health, has been elected as the next President of the Southeastern Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology (SESOT). This organization serves as a venue to bring together individuals from academia, government and industry that share…

EGH Faculty to Co-Lead new Center with CDC grant

Four state universities collaborated recently to gain $10M in funding from the Center for Disease Control for the new Southeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease. The center will lead a collaborative research program that will work to prevent the spread of Zika and other diseases from spreading to the United…

PhD Student Sarah White published on Atlas of Science

Sarah White, MPH, a fourth year Environmental and Global Health PhD student, recently published a research summary, “Occupational exposure to new influenza virus that infects cows” on the Atlas of Science website. Atlas of Science is an online journal which provides opportunities for scientists to write and publish short…

Caronne Rush named PHHP Employee of the year!

Staff Our very own Caronne Rush was named this year’s PHHP Employee of the Year, along with Sharla Alexander in the department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Caronne Rush, an academic coordinator and administrative assistant to the chair in the department of environmental and global health,…

Dr. Elizabeth Wood honored during International Education Week

Elizabeth Wood, D.H.S., M.P.H., won first place in the faculty, staff and alumni category of the campus-wide Global Culture Photo Contest during the UF International Center’s International Education Week events Nov. 14-18. Wood, director of the college’s Bachelor of Public Health program and a clinical assistant professor in the department of…

Coverage of National Fish and Wildlife Foundation contract with FL FWC

WMBB has covered the NFWF project outreach in Apalachicola, including several quotations from EGH professor Dr. Andrew Kane. See the two articles below.   Special Report: Edge of Extinction  APALACHICOLA, Fla. The oyster industry has been the foundation of Apalachicola’s economy for more than a century. But is that…

Ancient strain of cholera likely present in Haiti since colonial era

A non-virulent variant of the deadly Vibrio cholerae O1 strain has likely been present in Haitian aquatic environments for several hundred years, with the potential to become virulent through gene transfer with the toxigenic strain introduced by UN peacekeepers, according to research published today by scientists at the University of…

Dr. Eric Nelson brings new research and technology to EGH

Eric Nelson, M.D. Ph.D., is a newly appointed assistant professor in the department of EGH and Pediatrics.  He is a part of a team of scientists that build technologies to improve the health of poor communities in developing countries using a process called human centered design to define challenges and…

CDC Awards Significant New Grant

CDC in partnership with NIOSH awards PHHP a nearly $10 million, five-year grant to support the new Southeastern and Coastal Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, to be directed by J. Glenn Morris, Emerging Pathogens Institute (left). The new Center will address the unique occupational safety and health challenges of…

New mosquito-borne disease detected in Haiti

University of Florida researchers have identified a patient in Haiti with a serious mosquito-borne illness that has never before been reported in the Caribbean nation. Click here to read the full story.

Multidisciplinary team reports the isolation of Enterovirus D68 from the plasma of a Haitian child with pneumonia

A multidisciplinary team composed of researchers from the College of Public Health and Health Professions (Dept of Environmental and Global Health and Dept. of Health Services Research, Management, and Policy), Haiti (Christianville Foundation School Clinic), Italy (Dept. of Infectious Parasitic and Immunomediated Diseases, Istituto Superiore di Sanita, Rome), the College…

Zika Virus Vaccine Development Stalled by Concerns Over Marketability

Read about the newest developments in the efforts to market a Zika virus vaccine in this conversation with Dr. John Lednicky and The Contagion’s Brian Dunleavy here. Click here to read the first portion of their conversation, “Experts Urge United States to be Proactive, Not Reactive, in Response…

Article by multidisciplinary team listed as one of PLOS Journal’s Editors’ Picks in Microbiology, category Clincal Science and Epidemiology

An article titled “Zika Virus Outbreak in Haiti in 2014: Molecular and Clinical Data”, written by a multidisciplinary team comprised of researchers from the College of Public Health and Health Professions (Dept of EGH and Dept. of Health Services Research, Management, and Policy), Haiti (Christianville Foundation School Clinic), Italy (Dept.

Flu vaccination programs have potential to be self-sustaining in Florida

School-located influenza vaccination programs led by local health departments could be cost-effective throughout the state of Florida, according to a study published recently in the journal Vaccine. “Our research shows that these programs can be implemented throughout Florida in ways that are not only financially feasible, but will also…

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to all of our Spring 2016 Environmental & Global Health Graduates: Poulomy Chakraborty (PhD) Moise Ngwa (PhD) Jennifer Bouland (MHS) Kirsten Berling (MPH) Arnel Duvet (MPH) Kevin LaMoureaux (MPH) Lorie Marie Nance (MPH) Christine Singer (MHS) Ho Fei Sit (Thomas) (MPH) Amanda Tiblier (MHS) Cortney Urban (MPH)   Tara Wilfong (MPH)…

Multi-disciplinary team publishes their work on the molecular, clinical, and phylogenetic analyses of Zika virus from Haitian plasma specimens.

Scientists from the UF College of Public Health (Dept. of Environmental and Global Health and from Department of Health Services Research, Management, and Policy) , from the UF College of Medicine, the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute,  the Christianville Foundation School Clinic of  Gressier, Haiti,  and from the Istituto Superiore di…