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.
African Americans have the highest colorectal cancer (CRC)
incidence and mortality of any ethnic/racial group. This study aims
to increase our understanding of factors which influence African
Americans’ decisions about health care seeking and CRC
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.
Faculty are involved in a number of studies investigating
disease prevention. Studies examining how to prevent diarrheal
disease, a major source of death of infants and children in
developing economies, could have enormous health impacts.
Caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive substance in the
world and its use is increasing among children. Although considered
safe, the majority of empirical data on the effects of caffeine
have been collected in adults.
Located in the School of Public Health and Health Professions
since 1999, CIRRIE facilitates the sharing of information and
expertise between the U.S. and world-wide partners to improve the
conditions of people with disabilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.