The Epidemiology Seminar Series at the UAB School of Public Health brings together the academic community by sharing diverse epidemiological research by speakers from the Department of Epidemiology as well as other divisions and departments at UAB, local and state health departments, or invited guests from other national and occasionally international institutes. The overall objective of the epidemiology seminar series is to create a forum for scientific dialogue on current topics in epidemiology among students, staff, faculty, and practicing professionals in epidemiology. This seminar series will be an opportunity for everyone to learn about each other's ongoing work and areas of expertise, and to identify opportunities for potential collaboration.

The Epidemiology Seminar Series is held on Mondays from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. during Fall and Spring semesters in Ryals Room 407, unless otherwise noted.

Register for Credit Hours

Students can register for a 1 credit hour course (EPI 695/795) to participate in the discussion and critique of concepts related to the field of epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health presented by seminar speakers. Contact Dr. Sadeep Shrestha at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Past Seminars

View a sampling of our past seminars on our YouTube channel or a list of speakers and their topics for the last several years below.

Fall 2021

Fall 2021

Date

Speaker

Affilation

Seminar Title

August 30

Journal Club

N/A

N/A

September 16

Steffanie Strathdee, PhD

Associate Dean and Professor of Epidemiology, University of San Diego

A Personal Perspective on the Next Pandemic: Antimicrobial Resistance

September 20

Merry-Lynn McDonald, PhD

Assistant Professor of Genetics, Department of Genetics, UAB

Genetic Epidemiology of Osteoarthritis in the Million Veteran Program (MVP)

September 27

Journal Club

N/A

N/A

October 4

Kai Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Yale Center on Climate Change and Health Yale School of Public Health

Climate change and health: Connecting the dots

October 11

Priya Palta, PhD, MHS

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Preserving Cognitive Function and Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease through Cardiovascular Health

October 18

Meet the Alumni/ Homecoming

Courtney P. Williams, DrPH, Rachel Rice, MPH, and Ryan Buckman, MPH

Meet the Alumni

October 25

Emily Vogtmann, PhD, MPH

Earl Stadtman Investigator, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, NCI

The human microbiome and cancer: New opportunities for population-based research

November 1

Krishmita Siwakoti, MBBS

Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, UAB

Care for Transgender individuals

November 8

Journal Club

N/A

N/A

November 15

Francesmary Modugno, MS, PhD, MPH

Professor, Obstetrics, Gyneoclogy, and Reproductive Sciences University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Harnessing the Power of Ovarian Cancer Consortia: New Insights Into Old Theories

November 29

D. Scott Batey, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, UAB

Road to Zero: Geographic Differences from HIV Diagnosis to Time to Viral Suppression in the Deep South

Spring 2021

Spring 2021

Date

Speaker

Affilation

Seminar Title

January 8

Byron Jaeger, PhD

Asst. Professor, UAB Department of Biostatistics

table.glue: An R Package to Hold Your Manuscript Together

January 25

George Howard, DrPH

Professor, UAB Department of Biostatistics

Where (and What to Do) to Target Interventions to Reduce Stroke Disparities…Prevention or Treatment

February 8

Gregory A. Roth, MD, MPH

Assoc. Professor, UW/Institiute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

The Global Burden of Cardiovascular Diseases

February 15

Amy R. Sapkota, PhD

Professor, University of Maryland

Reimagining Solutions to Address Microbiological Risks of Agricultural Water Reuse

March 1

Matthew Might, PhD

Professor, UAB Gim-Precision Medicine

Precision Medicine and Epidemiology

March 8

  • Timothy Showalter, MD, PhD
  • Gregory Calip, PharmD, MPH
  • PhD Jess Tyus, MBA, MPH
  • Medical Director
  • Senior Quantitative Scientist
  • Senior Manager Academic Partnerships

Flatiron Health Database

March 22

Nathan Erdmann, MD

Asst. Professor, UAB Department of Medicine/Infectious Diseases

Insights into Morbidity and Mortality Risk in COPD: The Pulmonary Vascular Phenotype

March 29

Pamela Scorza, PhD

Asst. Professor, Columbia University Medical Center

Mother's Childhoods and the Intergenerational Transmission of Mental Health Risk: E pigenetic and Behavioral Pathways

April 12

Gargya Malla, MBBS, MPH

Student, UAB Department of Epidemiology

County-level Social Determinats of Health, County topologies and COVID-19

April 19

Despina Stavrinos, PhD

Assoc. Professor, Director of the Translational Research for Injkury Prevention (TRIP) Laboratory

Behavioral Science Approach to Understanding and Preventing Motor Vehicle Crashes

Fall 2020

Fall 2020

Date

Speaker

Affilation

Seminar Title

August 31

Paul Erwin, MD, DrPH

Dean, UAB School of Public Health

From John Snow to COVID-19: Epidemics and Pandemics

September 20

Dori Pekmezi, PhD

Assoc. Professor, UAB Department of Health Behavior

Testing Scalable, IVR-supported Physical Activity Interventions in the Black Belt

October 5

Erica C. Bjornstad, MD, PhD, MPH

Assist. Professor, UAB Department of Pediatrics

Global Acute Kidney Injury

October 12

J. Michael Wells, MD, MSPH

Assist. Professor, UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine

Insights into Morbidity and Mortality Risk in COPD: The Pulmonary Vascular Phenotype

October 26

Shae Duerring, MD, NRP, FAAP, FACEP

Assist. Professor, UAB Pediatric Emergency Medicine

COVID-19 in Pediatrics

November 2

Bertha Hidalgo, PhD

Assoc. Professor, UAB Department of Epidemiology

COVID-19: An Epidemiologic Perspective

November 16

Ms. Kimberly Kirklin

Director, UAB Institute for Arts in Medicine

Arts in Health: The Mounting Case for the Arts as a Global Tool for Health and Wellbeing

Spring 2020

Spring 2020

Date

Speaker

Affilation

Seminar Title

January 13

John Waterbor, MD, DrPH

Assoc. Professor (retired), UAB Department of Epidemiology

CaRES Summer Cancer Research Program, 2020

January 27

Wei Li, PhD

Assoc. Professor, UAB Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

Risk Factors for AD: What We Know from Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Intitiative

February 3

Christina Muzny, MD

Assoc. Professor, UAB Department of Medicine/Infectious Diseases

The Tricky Trichomonas: A Tale of a Neglected Sexually Tranmitted Infection

February 10

Steven N Austad, PhD

Professor and Chair, UAB Department of Biology

The First 150 Year Old (Wo)Man: How Soon? How Desirable?

February 17

Norrina Allen, PhD

Assoc. Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medcine, Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology) and Pediatrics

Cardiovascular Health Across the Life Course

February 24

Bruce Korf, MD

Assoc. Dean for Genomic Medicine & Chief Genomics Officer, UAB Medicine

Population Genomics at UAB: The Alabama Gebomic Health Initiative

March 2

James Wells, MD

Assoc. Professor, UAB Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonology

Insights into Morbidity and Mortality Risk in COPD: The Pulmonary Vascular Phenotype

March 9

Hemant Tiwari, PhD

Professor, UAB Department of Biostatistics

Polygenic Risk Scores for Cardiovascular Diseases

Fall 2019

Fall 2019

Date

Speaker

Affilation

Seminar Title

September 9

Douglas Morgan, MD, MPH

Professor and Division Director, UAB Department of Medicine/Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Sin Fronteras: The Epidemiology of Gastric Cancer in the Americas

September 16

Nicole Davis Armstrong, PhD

Post-Doctoral Trainee, UAB Department of Epidemiology

Integrative multi-omic Analyses indentify novel Biomarkers for Recurrent Stroke in Participants from the Vitamin Intervention for Stroke Prevention (VISP) Clinical Trial

September 23

Brittany Shelton, DrPH, MPH

Researcher IV, UAB Surgery - Transplantation

Explaining the Gender Disparity in Liver Transplantation

September 3

Henna Budwani, PhD, MPH

Asst. Professor, UAB Department of Health Policy

Developiing a Research Agenda with High-Risk Stigmatized Populations

October 7

Edward E. Partridge, MD

Retired Professor and Center Director, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center

Non-Clinical Navigation to Manage Social Determinants of Health

October 14

Aadia Rana, MD

Assoc. Professor, UAB Department of Medicine/Infectious Diseases

A Path to Ending the HIV Epidemic in the Deep South: Improving Postpartum Retention in HIV Care

October 21

Dayna A. Johnson, PhD, MPH, MSW, MS

Asst. Professor, Emory University, Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Sleep Epidemiology: Implications for Cardiovascular Health Disparities Research

October 28

Krystle A. Lang Kuhs, PhD, MPH

Asst. Professor, Vanderbilt University, Epidemiology, School of Medicine

Leveraging the Clinical Infrastructure for Biomarker Discovery in HPV Research

November 4

Jennifer Blakus, PhD, MPH

Asst. Professor, University of Washington, School of Public Health, Epidemiology

Improving Vaginal Health to Reduce Sexually Transmitted Infectious: Promises, Pitfalls and Perils

November 11

Shubhavu Saha, PhD

US Centers for Disease Contorl and Prevention, Climate Section

Stitch in Time in a Changing Clime: Translation Science into Public Health Action

November 18

Donaldson F. Conserve, PhD, MS

Asst. Professor, University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior

Developing and Implementing the HIV Self-Testing Education and Promotion (STEP) Intervention for Networks of Men in Tanzasnia

December 2

Kevin Fontaine, PhD

Professor and Chair, UAB Department of Health Behavior

Moonshot for Type 3 Diabetes

Spring 2019

Spring 2019

Date

Speaker

Affilation

Seminar Title

January 14

John Waterbor, MD, DrPH

Assoc. Professor, UAB Department of Epidemiology

CaRES Summer Research Program, 2019

January 28

Ulrich Broeckel, M D

Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin

Using iPSCderived Cells for Disease Modeling and Molecular Epidemiology

February 4

Christina Muzny, MD

Assoc. Professor, UAB Department of Medicine/Infectious Diseases

Microbial Interactions between Gardnerella vaginalis, Prevotella bivia, and Atopobium vaginae prior to Incident Bacterial Vaginosis

February 11

Erik Hess, MD

Professor, UAB Department of Emerency Medicine

Engagging Patients in Emergency Care Decisions: From Efficacy to Implementation

February 18

Nita Limdi, PharmD, PhD

Professor, UAB Department of Neurology

The Role of Pharmacogenomics in Prediction of Drug Response: From Research to Practice Policy

February 25

Kelly Kenzik, PhD

Assoc. Professor, UAB Department of Medicine/Hematology and Oncology

Morbidity in Cancer Survivorship

March 4

Charles Rotimi, PhD

Senior Investigator, NHGRI Metabolic, Cardiovascualr and Inflammatory Disease Genomics Branch

The Interface of Our Genomes and Our Environments In Health and Disease

March 11

Julie Plasencia, PhD

Asst. Professor, University of Kentucky

Cultural Influences on Diet of Mexican-Americans: Implication for Health Interventions

March 18

Veronika (Nika) Fedirko, PhD

Asst. Professo, Emory University

Vitamin D, Calcium, Gut Barrier Function, and Colorectal Neoplasms

march 25

Devin Mann, MD

Professor, New York University

Signal and Noise: Can We Restore Balance to the Clinician Digital Experience?

April 1

Upender Manne, PhD

Professor, UAB Department of Pathology

Molecular Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer Translational Opportunities

April 15

Franco Ricardo, MD

Asst. Professor, UAB Department of Medicine/Infectioius Diseases

The Evolving Hepatitis C Epidemiology in the United States

Fall 2018

Fall 2018

Date

Speaker

Affilation

Seminar Title

August 27

Paul Muntner, PhD

Professor, UAB Department of Epidemiology

The Role of an Epidemiologist in Guideline Development: The 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Blood Pressure Guideline

September 10

James Cimino, PhD

Director, UAB Informatics Institute

Informatics forTranslating Clinical Research Findings to Populations: Small and Big Data

September 17

Tamar Sofer, PhD

Professor, Harvard School of Public Health, Havard Medical School

Generating and Using Polygenic Risk Scores for Complex Traits in Studies with Diverse Populations

September 24

Luz Padilla, MD

Asst. Professor, UAB Department of Epidemiology

The Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center of Alabama

October 18

  • Matt Mefford
  • Favel Mondesir
  • PhD Student, UAB Department of Epidemiology
  • PhD Student, UAB Department of Epidemiology
  • The Association of Hypetension, Hypertensioin Duratioin and Control with Incident Heart Gailure
  • A Research Potpourri: The Bearuty of Being Well Blended (rounded)

October 8

Akinyemi I Ojesina, MD, PhD

Asst. Professor, UAB Department of Epidemiology

Oncopathogenomics: Investigating the Interplay of Infection and Genomic Alterations in Cancer

October 15

Staci Sudenga, PhD, MPH

Asst. Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Division of Epidemiology

Malignancies in People with HIV

October 22

Stefan G. Kertesz, MD

Professor, UAB Department of Medicine/Preventive Medicine

A Crisis of Opioids and the Limits of Prescription Control: Epidemiology, Clinical Policy and Personal Reflections

October 29

Greer Burkholder, MD

Asst. Professor, UAB Department of Medicine/Infectious Diseases

Cardiovascular Disease in People Living with HIV

November 5

Sabrina Noel, PhD, RD

Asst. Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences

Genetic Admixture, Dietary Quality, and Bone Health among Caribbean Hispanic/Latino Adults

November 12

Rachel Lee, MD

Asst. Professor, UAB Department of Medicine/Infectious Diseases

Improvement of Bacterial Susceptibility to Fluoroquinolones After Implementation an Antimicrobial Stewardship Restriction Program: A Decade-Long Experience

November 26

Angelo Gaffo, MD, MSPH

Assoc. Professor, UAB Department of Medicine/Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology

Epidemiology of Huperuricemia and Gout

December 3

Susan Davies, PhD

Professor, UAB Department of Health Behavior

Using Musicians as Messengers and Change Agents to Prevent HIV among African-American Emerging Adults

Spring 2018

Spring 2018

Date

Speaker

Affilation

Seminar Title

January 8

John Waterbor, MD, DrPH

Assoc. Professor, UAB Department of Epidemiology

The UAB Cancer Research Experiences for Students (CaRES) Program

January 22

Craig Wilson, MD

Professor, UAB Department of Epidemiology & Sparkman Center

Impacting the HIV Continuum of Care for Domestic Youth through Community Coalition-Driven Structural Change Objectives

January 29

Sibylle Krisatensen, DrPH

One Heart World-wide

The One Heart World-Wide Network of Safety Model

February 5

Richard Kennedy, MD. PhD

Gerontology/Geriatrics/Palliative Care, UAB School of Medicine

The Epidemiology of Delirium

February 12

Virginia Howard, PhD

Professor, UAB Department of Epidemiology

What is it About Your Stroke Risk and Where You Live (and When You Lived There)

February 26

Shakira Sglia, ScD

Assoc. Professor, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology

Sex Differences in the Association Between Child Adversity and Cardiometabolic Health

March 5

Jane R. Schwebke, MD

Professor, UAB Department of Medicine/Infectious Diseases

Pathogenesis of Bacterial Vaginosis - Reaffirming Gardnerella vaginalis as the Primary Pathogen

March 18

  • A. Edward Khan, PhD
  • German Henostroza, MD
  • Eric Morgan, MPH DIPM
  • Jefferson County Department of Health
  • UAB Department of Medicine/Infectious Diseases
  • Alabama Department of Public Health

Panel Discussion TB in Alabama's Correctional Settings

March 26

Allison Roebling, DVM, MPH

Alabama State Health Department

Infectious Disease Epidemiology in State Public Health

April 2

Russell Griffin, PhD

Assoc. Professor, UAB Department of Epidemiology

Do Guns Kill? An Epidemiological Perspective

April 9

Daheia Barr-Anderson, PhD, MSPH

University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology

Stopping the Obesity Pipeline: Innovative Interventions for African American Females

April 16

Mauricio Maza, MD MPH

Basic Health

PREVENTABLE Model: A Multi-step Approach to Changing a Secondary Cervical Cancer Prevention Paradigm

Fall 2017

Fall 2017

Date

Speaker

Affilation

Seminar Title

September 11

E. Turner Overton, MD

Assoc. Professor, UAB Department of Medicine/Infectious Diseses

HIB and Aging: A New Challenge

September 18

Edward Khan, MD

Medical Director, Jefferson County Department of Health

An Overview of Disease Control Activties at the Jefferson County Department of Health

September 25

Rubin Pillay, PhD

Professor and Asst Dean, Global Health Innovation, UAB Department of Medicine, Dean's Office

The Future of Health Care

October 2

Ashley I Naimi, PhD

Asst. Professor, University of Pittsburg Graduate School of Public Health, Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER)

G Computation to Adjust for Noncompliance in Randomized Trials: Estimating the Per Protocol Effect of Low-dose Aspirin on Pregnancy Outcomes

October 9

Jennifer Haven, PhD

Assoc. Professor, Kentucky University Department of Behavioral Science

Prescription Drug Abuse and the Emergence of Hepatitis C in Rural Appalachia

October 19

Robin Lanzi, PhD

Professor, UAB Department of Health Behavior

Community Based Approaches to Social and Behavioral Sciences

october 23

John Booth, PhD

Postdoctoral Tainee, UAB Department of Epidemiology

Masked Hypertension: A Surprise that Can be Surmised?

October 30

Bertha Hidalgo, PhD

Asst. Professor, UAB Department of Epidemiology

Genomics in Diverse Populations - Advantages, Limitations, and Future Directions

November 6

Margaret Nyaku, MPH

Health Scientist, Center for Disease Control

The Medical Monitoring Project

November 13

  • Nalini Sathiakumar, MD, DrPH
  • Meghan Tirpre, DRPH
  • Professor, UAB Department of Epidemiology
  • Scientist I, UAB Department of Epidemiolgy

Oil Spill Studies - Past and Present

November 27

S. Louis Bridges, MD, PhD

Professor, UAB Department of Medicine/Infectious Disease

Rheumatoid arthritis in African Americans: Lesson learned from the CLEAR Registry

December 4

Susan Gapsture, PhD, MPH

Vice President, American Cancer Society Epidemiology Research Program

Insights in Cancer Epidemiology from the Cancer Prevention Studies