2013 ASPPH Friday Letter Archive

11/1/13
The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will collaborate on a $2,658,940 grant from the National Cancer Institute to study what influences African-Americans to get screened for colorectal cancer (CRC) and to develop interventions based on those influences. Dr. Marc T. Kiviniemi, assistant professor in the department of community health and health behaviors at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, is one of three principal investigators on the grant.
10/18/13
The Center for Assistive Technology (CAT), housed in the University at Buffalo (UB) SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions, has received a $4.7 million competitive award from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitative Research (NIDRR). The 2013-18 award was announced as CAT celebrates its 25th anniversary and brings the total amount of extramural support generated by the center to about $100 million since its founding in 1988.
8/9/13
The University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions has been awarded a $715,500 grant by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop and study a smartphone app that promotes exercise as a positive alternative to marijuana use. Researchers also will test the feasibility and review the effects of a four-week intervention for the study participants that includes personalized feedback about marijuana use and participation in four in-person counseling sessions focused on decreasing marijuana intake. Dr. R. Lorraine Collins, associate dean for research and professor in the department of community health and health behavior, is the primary investigator on the study, which runs from July 2013 to June 2015.
8/9/13
The University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions has been awarded a $715,500 grant by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop and study a smartphone app that promotes exercise as a positive alternative to marijuana use. Researchers also will test the feasibility and review the effects of a four-week intervention for the study participants that includes personalized feedback about marijuana use and participation in four in-person counseling sessions focused on decreasing marijuana intake. Dr. R. Lorraine Collins, associate dean for research and professor in the department of community health and health behavior, is the primary investigator on the study, which runs from July 2013 to June 2015.
8/2/13
One in three adults ages 65 and older suffer falls every year, and since more than 44 million seniors are aging in place, many of these falls occur in the home. To help prevent such accidents, researchers and occupational therapists at the University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions have created the Home Safety Self-Assessment Tool (HSSAT), which details ways to prevent falls. This project was funded by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York.
7/5/13
The University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions welcomed Ms. Pamela S. Hyde, administrator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), as the keynote speaker of the school’s eleventh commencement ceremony on May 11.
6/21/13
The University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions awarded a $2.3 million grant by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to study the social and environmental influences – stress, trauma, and partner and peer substance abuse – on reserve soldiers’ substance use and marital aggression over time. Dr. Gregory G. Homish, assistant professor in the department of community health and health behavior, is the primary investigator on the study, which runs from June 2013 to February 2018.
6/7/13
A study from the University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions and the University of Manitoba has found that consumption of high amounts of low-fat dairy food over a six-month period reduced plasma insulin and improved a marker of insulin resistance in healthy adults without adversely affecting lipids or body weight. The study was published in the May 2013 issue of Nutrition Journal.
5/31/13
The University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions tobacco cessation initiatives are led by Dr. Gary Giovino, professor and chair of the department of community health and health behavior.
5/31/13
A preliminary study by researchers at the University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions found that although trained athletes derive performance benefits from caffeine, most sedentary or lightly active adults do not like exercise more, or perceive their exertion to be less, when given caffeine. What caffeine does do, according to the study, is make them exercise for longer periods, which could increase their likelihood of achieving the American College of Sports Medicine recommendations for physical activity.
5/3/13
The University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions recently marked its 20th year as a vanguard center with the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), the landmark women’s health study and the largest clinical trial ever undertaken in the U.S. The National Institutes of Health contract began in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and is now managed by the School of Public Health and Health Professions, led by principal investigator Dr. Jean Wactawski-Wende, professor and associate chair of the department of social and preventive medicine, and vice provost for strategic initiatives. 
3/15/13
Postmenopausal women who have smoked are at much higher risk of losing their teeth than women who never smoked, according to a new study by the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions. The study is published in and featured on the cover of the current issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.
2/15/13
Dr. Don Rowe, director of the Office of Public Health Practice at the University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions, has been appointed chair of the New York State Rural Health Council (NYSRHC) by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The NYSRHC strives to ensure that a high-quality healthcare system exists equitably across New York State.
2/8/13
Indoor air pollution that generates fine particulate matter is a key contributor to the high rates of lung cancer among Chinese women, despite the fact that few of them smoke, according to a new study by the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions. The study — the first to measure particulate matter levels inside the home and link it with the incidence of lung cancer in Chinese women — was recently published online in the journal Cancer Causes & Control.