Our faculty researchers are investigating critical health
issues, including maternal and child health, substance use and
abuse, aging, assistive technology and the epidemiology of chronic
diseases such as cancer.
This project focuses on the preparation and writing of a book
that will reflect a growing need for rigorous systematic
presentations of classical and novel empirical likelihood (EL)
approaches and their applications in biomedicine and health.
Projects focus on better understanding the factors related to
the causation of cancer. For example, a study of African American
families with a history of breast cancer will add to our
understanding of the genetics of this disease and potentially lead
to preventive measures.
Researchers are examining physiological and psychological
measures of stress in police officers to evaluate potential
associations of these measures with early signs of cardiovascular
and metabolic disease.
This study will use multiple levels of analysis to determine
mechanisms by which amylin, a pancreatic-and-brain-derived peptide,
acts in the mesolimbic reward system of the brain to reduce body
weight and decrease food intake.
Through a partnership with the World Health Organization’s
tropical diseases research program and the Uganda Ministry of
Health, this study will help design a plan for a new intervention
to treat malaria in children in Uganda.
Pavani Kalluri Ram is leading studies to evaluate hand washing behavior change programs promote handwashing with soap to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene in communities in Kenya, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
The Office of Global Health Initiatives is improving school and
community health with a series of public health interventions in
countries in Asia and Africa, working with villagers on key issues
such as safe water.
Collaborating with their colleagues in both hemispheres, UB
researchers are conducting a case control study of breast cancer in
Puerto Rico and implementing the first large-scale cervical cancer
screening project in northeast India.
Working with the Child Health and Development Centre at Makerere
University, Uganda, this study, led by OGHI founder Arthur Goshin,
this study seeks to improve maternal health and birth weight,
nutrition and growth in children.
Clinical Associate Professor John Stone’s work helps
health and rehabilitation service providers bridge culture gaps by
understanding their clients’ cultural orientations as the
United States’ foreign-born population continues to rise.
OGHI founder Arthur Goshin and his team are creating a
community-based program in rural villages of India that focuses on
children with a range of physical disabilities, and are developing
training for workers who care for disabled children.
The observatory is a public health research, training and
informatics center. Faculty and students apply biostatistical and
computational expertise to analyze large population-based data
sets, mining information from them to enhance knowledge and
practice of public health.
A collaboration of the School of Public Health and Health
Professions and the School of Architecture and Planning, the center
focuses on research and technical assistance in the design of the
built environment that will foster the health and functioning of
This center develops and synthesizes knowledge about assistive
devices to aid people with functional impairments.
Multidisciplinary research activities involve faculty from the
School of Public Health and Health Professions and across the
The Aging and Technology Research Center is dedicated to
promoting health and independent living among older adults and
their caregivers. The center researches technological solutions to
problems associated with aging.
Funded by the National Institute on Disability and
Rehabilitation Research, KT4TT is focused on improving the
efficiency and effectiveness of programs intending to create
innovative technology-based devices and services.
Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD, principal investigator of UB’s
Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Center, discusses the
significance of the WHI, one of the longest and most comprehensive
studies ever done on postmenopausal women.