Presentations and Publications

Graduate Students on the Move: At the 2018 American Public Health Association annual conference.

Joint Doctoral Program student Lorena Pacheco presented a poster and moderated a Food and Nutrition presentation session. 4th year Medical student Naeemah Munir gave two oral presentations, a poster presentation, and was invited to moderate two other sessions.

Dr. Araneta (pictured below) also gave a presentation on December 12 at the Boston University School of Public Health, entitled, "The "Skinny" on Health Disparities among Asian Americans: Biological, Behavioral, and Social Determinants."

Pictured:  Lorena Pacheco, Prof. Maria Rosario (Happy) Araneta, and Naeemah Munir

LaCroix presents “Improving Benefits and Reducing Harms from Breast Cancer Screening: The WISDOM Trial."

Dr. Andrea LaCroix presented at the June 2018 Doris A. Howell Health and Happiness series, on the topic “Improving Benefits and Reducing Harms from Breast Cancer Screening: The WISDOM Trial." current breast screening technologies and the research to support development of guidelines based on personal history and genetics. More information on this WISDOM (Women Informed to Screen Depending On Measures of Risk) clinical trial.

Pictured, from left to right: Lisa Madlensky, Ph.D, Barbara Parker, MD and Andrea LaCroix, Ph.D. (Photo courtesy of The Doris A. Howell Foundation)

A moving and informative personal essay

Dr. Andrea LaCroix has published a moving and informative personal essay on her emotional journey with her mother, diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s, in, an online publication operated by PBS. The essay includes a heartfelt call for research volunteers to participate in clinical trials.

Caption: Andrea LaCroix's mother, Eve. Photo courtesy of Andrea LaCroix.

FMPH Faculty and Trainees present at the AHA’s 2018 Cardiovascular Epidemiology Meeting in New Orleans

Pictured, from left to right: Erin Delker, Isac Thomas, Matt Allison, Interim Chair Cheryl Anderson, Andrea LaCroix, John Belletiere

Psycho-Oncology uses Selene Xu's image

An image by Biostatistics graduate student and first author, Selene Xu, along with her FMPH faculty mentor, Dr. Loki Natarajan, was featured on the March 2018 cover of the journal Psycho-Oncology.

The cover image, by Selene Xu et al., is based on the Paper Cognition, quality‐of‐life and symptom clusters in breast cancer: Using Bayesian networks to elucidate complex relationships, DOI 10.1002/pon.4571.

Becky Marquez panelists at UC San Diego event

First-Generation faculty member Becky Marquez, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine, was one of three Panelists at a recent UC San Diego event entitled, “Failing Forward: Bouncing Back and Exploring Your Passions.” Learn more

Photo courtesy of thisweek@ucsandiego

Drs. Cinnamon Bloss and Kimberly Brouwer publish results

Drs. Cinnamon Bloss and Kimberly Brouwer have recently published results of a research assessment, "Public Response to a "proposed Field Trial of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes in the United States" in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  Read press release

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Aladdin Shadyab publishes results

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Aladdin Shadyab, with guidance from his mentor, Dr. Andrea LaCroix (Professor and Chief of Epidemiology and a Senior Investigator at the Women's Health Initiative Clinical Coordinating Center), just published the results of a large prospective study of reproductive factors in relation to survival to age 90. View Publication

Dr. Rosario invited as Inaugural Lecturer

womens-health-thumb.jpg Dr. Maria Rosario (Happy) Araneta had the honor of being invited as the Inaugural Lecturer at the Lawrence and Evelyn Wing Family Endowed Lectureship on Diabetes, established by Harvard's Joslin Diabetes Center.

This endowed lectureship series will allow Joslin's faculty, staff and students to meet and learn from distinguished visiting scholars, lecturers, and other experts in diabetes research. Dr. Araneta spoke to an audience of 200+ endocrinologists, clinical and research faculty and staff, and medical residents/students on March 1, 2017, and was celebrated during a dinner reception. She was warmly welcomed by their leadership including Dr.George King (Director of Research and Head of Vascular Biology), Dr. William Hsu (Vice President of International Programs) and Dr. Peter Amenta (President and CEO). Dr. Araneta states that it was a touching privilege to be honored at Harvard's Joslin Diabetes Center.

Kronick presents on "Progress and Pathology in U.S. Health Policy"

KronickProfessor Richard Kronick, a Health Policy Expert with the Obama Administration, shared his experience at the FMPH Public Health Grand Rounds on May 20, 2016. He presented information on "Progress and Pathology in U.S. Health Policy".

Journal supplement focuses on aging in women Veterans - Findings based on long-term Women’s Health Initiative

Dr. Andrea LaCroix, PhD, Professor and Chief of Epidemiology and a senior Investigator at the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Clinical Coordinating Center, and Dr. Gayle Reiber, a senior career scientist at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System worked with 60 VA and non-VA researchers to compare health and mortality between Veterans and non-Veterans in the sample. Findings were described in a January 14, 2016 supplement to The Gerontologist, which contains 13 articles by Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers and colleagues on Veteran and non-Veteran women's aging and mortality. 

The longitudinal WHI study began in 1991 with funding from the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The study included more than 3,700 women Veterans, among nearly 162,000 postmenopausal women from 40 centers across the US. WHI researchers have collected data on health status, disease, health behaviors, and social and psychological factors, following the women for more than two decades.  Among the Veteran-focused findings:

  • Women Veterans reported lower levels of self-perceived health, life satisfaction, social support, physical function, and quality of life.
  • Women Veterans and non-Veterans were similar at baseline in mental function tests, but declines in cognitive function over time were greater in the Veteran group.
  • Women Veterans experienced higher hip-fracture rates than non-Veterans, but this was not the case for other types of fractures.
  • Women Veterans smoked more and were exposed to more passive smoke, which resulted in a greater risk for lung cancer.
  • All-cause mortality rates were higher for Veterans, but only for those serving before the Vietnam era.  
  • Women Veterans serving before the Vietnam era experienced more cancer, relative to non-Veterans, whereas those serving during or after Vietnam had more traumas from motor vehicle accidents or other causes.

"Prior military service identifies a group of women who face special challenges as they grow older," notes LaCroix.  "It is essential to learn about their healthcare needs after leaving service now and in the future."  Many women Veterans could benefit from programs promoting physical activity, social connections, healthy weight, and smoking cessation, and evaluation for depression.

VA's Office of Women's Health leads efforts within the agency to identify women Veterans' health-related needs and improve their health care.  Dr. Reiber says there are several reasons why health outcomes may differ between Veteran and non-Veteran women as they age.  "Women Veterans were considered 'healthy soldiers,' since joining the military meant passing a variety of tests—education, aptitude, physical ability, mental function. It also meant maintaining physical fitness, and receiving health care," notes Reiber. "Yet women Veterans may have been more likely to engage in health behaviors such as smoking, alcohol use, and poor diet, and this, combined with exposure to hazardous environments and mental and physical stress, may have limited their ability to adapt to repeated stresses over the lifetime."

For more information, visit the GSA Blog Post for Women Veterans Supplement