EHGES Research

Cancer Epidemiology

Cancer epidemiology seeks to understand the biological, environmental and social risk factors of cancer with the goal of guiding efforts at prevention and treatment. Examples of cancer research by EHGES faculty includes evaluation of the efficacy of chemoprevention to prevent secondary tumors, the association between racial disparities in breast cancer survival, the relationship between insulin resistance and breast cancer incidence, and the identification of genetic cancer susceptibility risk factors. The following includes EHGES faculty who conduct research in these areas and their related courses.

Cancer Faculty

  • R. Palmer Beasley, MD
  • Irina Cech, PhD
  • Susie Day, PhD
  • Xianglin Du, MD, PhD
  • Susan Fisher-Hoch, MD
  • Lu-Yu Hwang, MD
  • David Lopez, DrPH
  • Arnold Schecter, MD, MPH
  • Kim Waller, PhD

Cancer Epidemiology Courses

  • Geo-Ethnic Cancer Epidemiology: Beasley (PH2998)

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Cardiovascular, Diabetes & Other Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Common chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, account for the majority of mortality, morbidity and disability in the United States. Current chronic disease research projects among EHGES faculty include examining the relationship between tuberculosis and diabetes, as well as the association between occupational and environmental exposures and respiratory diseases, and the identification of genetic and environmental risk factors for hypertension, coronary artery disease, stroke and diabetes. The following includes EHGES faculty who conduct research in these areas and their related courses.

Chronic Disease Faculty

  • Maja Barbalic, PhD
  • Eric Boerwinkle, PhD
  • Jan Bressler, PhD
  • Susie Day, PhD
  • George Delclos, MD, PhD
  • Susan Fisher-Hoch, MD
  • Myriam Fornage, PhD
  • David Gimeno, PhD
  • Michael Hallman, PhD
  • Craig Hanis, PhD
  • Jim Hixson, PhD
  • Steven Kelder, PhD
  • David Lopez, DrPH
  • Joseph McCormick, PhD
  • Laura Mitchell, PhD
  • Alanna Morrison, PhD
  • Jennifer Nettleton, PhD
  • Linda Piller, MD
  • Blanca Restrepo, PhD
  • Jennifer Salinas, PhD
  • Shreela Sharma, PhD
  • Melissa Stigler, PhD
  • Loubna Tazi, PhD
  • Kim Waller, PhD

Related Courses

  • Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention: Morrison (PHM2740/PHD2740)
  • Neuroepidemiology: Fornage (PH2998)
  • Genetic Epidemiology of Chronic Disease: Hanis (PH2950)

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Environmental & Occupational Research

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) is the field of study that identifies and characterizes potentially harmful physical, chemical, and biological agents in community and workplace environments. Examples of current EOHS research projects conducted by EHGES faculty include examining the association between air pollution and hypertension, the impact of traffic-related air pollution on asthmatic children in four elementary schools in El Paso, Texas, as well as the association between musculoskeletal injuries and work disability experienced by health care workers in the U.S., Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Many faculty listed here are also part of the Southwest Center for Occupational & Environmental Health. The following includes EHGES faculty who conduct research in these areas and their related courses.

EOHS Faculty

  • Chip Carson, MD
  • Irina Cech, PhD
  • Sharon Cooper, PhD
  • George Delclos, MD, PhD
  • Thomas Douglas, PhD
  • Robert Emery, DrPH
  • David Gimeno, PhD
  • Sarah Felknor, DrPH
  • Philip Lupo, PhD
  • Kristina Mena, PhD
  • Lisa Pompeii, PhD
  • Mohammad Hossein Rahbar, PhD
  • Arnold Schecter, MD
  • Mary Ann Smith, PhD
  • Thomas Stock, PhD
  • Elaine Symanski, PhD
  • Lawrence Whitehead, PhD

EOHS Courses

  • Applied Epidemiologic Analysis in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences for Master s Students: Gimeno (PHM2108)
  • Applied Epidemiologic Analysis in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences for Doctoral Students: Gimeno (PHD2108)
  • Clinical Occupational Medicine: Schecter/Delclos (PH2255)
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Doctoral Seminar: Gimeno/Delclos (PH2105)
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Policy: Sexton (PH2135)
  • Environmental Microbiology: Chappell/Mena (PH2280)
  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis: Stock (PH2155)
  • Foundations of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences: Delclos (PHWM2100)
  • Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene: Whitehead (PH2245)
  • Global Environmental Health: Cech (PH2498)
  • Health & Safety Program Management: Felknor (PH3725)
  • Injury Epidemiology: Pompeii: (PH2998)
  • Introduction to Doctoral Research Methods in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Gimeno/Delclos (PHD2106)
  • Man s Impact on the Environment: Schroder/Smith (PHWM2120)
  • Medical Geography: GIS and Time Series Methods: Cech/Burau (PHM2125/PHD2125)
  • Methods for Exposure Assessment: Symanski (PH2170)
  • Occupational Epidemiology: Cooper (PHW2760)
  • Overview of Environmental Health: Mena (PH2110)
  • Overview of Environmental Health: Sexton (PHM2110)
  • Overview of Environmental Health: Stock/Douglas (PHM2110)
  • Occupational Health Field Trips: Whitehead (PH2260)
  • Occupational Medicine Practice: Delclos (PH2498)
  • Physical Agents-Noise & Radiation: Whitehead (PH2498)
  • Public Health Risk Communications: Chappell/Emery (PH2498)
  • Recognition of Environmental and Occupational Health Hazards: Whitehead/Stock (PH2130)
  • Risk Analysis: Principles and Practice: Sexton (PHM2135/PHD2135)
  • The Air Environment: Stock (PH2150)
  • Toxicology I: Principles of Toxicology: Smith (PH2175)
  • Toxicology II: Toxic Agents & The Environment: Smith (PH2177, GS130083)

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Health Services Research

Health services research involves a multidisciplinary approach for investigating how several factors affect the quality and cost of health care including social factors, organizational structures, health technologies, access to care, and personal behaviors. Several studies involving health services are being conducted by EHGES faculty including a prospective evaluation of the timing and sequence of blood product transfusions, especially in patients who receive a massive transfusion (>=10 units red blood cells in 24 hours), and subsequent health outcomes and complications. In addition, EHGES researchers are conducing post-marketing drug surveillance of adverse health effects associated with cancer chemotherapy using the nationwide computerized Medicare claims data in older patients with cancer. The following includes EHGES faculty who conduct research in these areas and their related courses.

Health Services Faculty

  • Xianglin Du, MD, PhD
  • Sarah Felknor, DrPH
  • Mohammad Hossein Rahbar, PhD

Health Services Courses

  • Epidemiologic Study Using Claims-Based Healthcare Data: Du (PH2998)

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Human Genetics & Genomics

Genetic research experts within the EHGES Division are investigating the role of genes in such diseases as Alzheimer s disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, respiratory diseases and vision disorders. Understanding the genetics of these diseases involves locating and characterizing the underlying genes, characterizing the extent and utility of DNA variation within and among populations, determining how patterns of DNA variation evolved in time and space, and establishing the impact of gene variation on the health of individuals, families and populations. These researchers are also responsible for developing computational and bioinformatic approaches and resources for investigating the genetic etiology of disease. Many of these faculty are also part of the Human Genetics Center.  The following includes EHGES faculty who conduct research in these areas and their related courses.

Human Genetics & Genomics Faculty

  • Maja Barbalic, PhD
  • Eric Boerwinkle, PhD
  • Jan Bressler, PhD
  • Eric Brown, PhD
  • Stephen P. Daiger, PhD
  • Thomas Douglas, PhD
  • Myriam Fornage, PhD
  • Michael Hallman, PhD
  • Craig Hanis, PhD
  • Jim Hixson, PhD
  • Philip Lupo, PhD
  • Taylor Maxwell, PhD
  • Laura Mitchell, PhD
  • Alanna Morrison, PhD
  • Jennifer Nettleton, PhD
  • Loubna Tazi, PhD
  • Kelly Volcik, PhD

Human Genetics & Genomics Courses

  • Applied Genetic Methods in Public Health: Morrison/Barbalic (PH2780)
  • Clinical Genetics in Epidemiology: Daiger/Morrison (PH2830)
  • Foundations of Public Health Genetics: Hallman/Tazi (PH2970)
  • Genetic Epidemiology of Chronic Disease: Hanis/Bressler (PH2950)
  • Genetics and Human Disease: Hanis (PHD2815, GS110013)
  • Genetics and Infectious Diseases: Jiang/Hwang (PH2731)
  • Molecular and Cellular Approaches in Human Genetics: Hixson/Bressler (PH2820)
  • Population Genetics: Fu (PH1984L, GS110042)
  • Seminar in Genetics and Population Biology: Bressler/Maxwell (PH2960)
  • Statistical Genetics: Fu (PH1986L, GS110072)

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Infectious Disease & Immunology

This classical component of epidemiology is the study of dynamic factors involved in the transmission of infectious agents in populations. Infectious disease investigators study the epidemiology, immunology, clinical features, control, prevention and therapy of infectious diseases with public health implications. Diseases under investigation include HIV/AIDS and other STDs, insect-borne pathogens such as West Nile Virus, diarrheal diseases, Heliobacter pylori, Hepatitis B and C, Tuberculosis, and emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. As part of their research efforts, several EHGES faculty are also part of the Center for Infectious Diseases (CID). The following includes EHGES faculty who conduct research in these areas and their related courses.

Infectious Disease & Immunology Faculty

  • R. Palmer Beasley, MD
  • Eric Brown, PhD
  • Victor M. Cardenas, MD, PhD
  • Herb DuPont, MD
  • Robert Emery, DrPH
  • Susan Fisher-Hoch, MD
  • Lu-Yu Hwang, MD
  • Zhi-Dong Jiang, MD, PhD
  • Joseph McCormick, MD
  • Kristina Mena, PhD
  • Shaper Mirza, PhD
  • Kristy Murray, DVM, PhD
  • Theresa Ochoa, MD
  • Blanca Restrepo, PhD
  • Loubna Tazi, PhD

Infectious Disease & Immunology Courses

  • Biological Basis of Emerging Disease: Fisher-Hoch (PH2790)
  • Current Topics in Emerging Viral Diseases: Murray (PH2998)
  • Current Topics in Emerging Bacterial and Parasitic Diseases: Murray (PH2998)
  • Enteric Diseases Journal Club: Jiang (PH2998)
  • Environmental Microbiology: Chappell/Mena (PH2280)
  • Epidemic Investigations: Fisher-Hoch/McCormick (PH2998)
  • Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases: Murray/ Hwang (PH2730)
  • Genetics and Infectious Diseases: Jiang (PH2731)
  • Immunology (Doctoral Students): Douglas (PHD2498)
  • Immunology (Master s Students): Douglas (PHM2290)
  • Immunology II: Regulation of Immune Responses: Douglas (PH2498, GS060102)
  • Immunology III: Special Topics in Molecular Immunology: Douglas (PH2498, S060112)
  • Infectious Disease Journal Club: Brown (PH2998)
  • Medical Microbiology: Brown (PH2805)
  • Topics in Infectious Disease: Schecter (PHDA2498)
  • Tropical Infectious Diseases: Brown (PH2800)
  • Vaccines and Immunizations: McCormick (PH2998)

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Injury, Violence & Substance Abuse

Epidemiological methods may be used effectively to study population-based patterns of violence and substance abuse, and the injuries and health consequences that arise from these activities. Investigators seek to both understand and prevent injury, violence and substance abuse. Research projects among EHGES faculty include analysis of alcohol intake patterns among individuals in populations along the US-Mexico border, investigations of alcohol intake patterns in school-age youth, surveillance of work-related violence experienced by hospital workers, evaluation of the efficacy of tobacco intervention programs aimed at school-age children, and longitudinal analysis of intimate partner violence and its relationship with drinking within US ethnic groups. The following includes EHGES faculty who conduct research in these areas and their related courses.

Injury, Violence & Substance Abuse Faculty

  • Irina Cech, PhD
  • Sharon Cooper, PhD
  • Raul Caetano, MD, MPH, PhD
  • Robert Emery, DrPH
  • Sarah Felknor, DrPH
  • David Gimeno, PhD
  • Lu-Yu Hwang, MD
  • Steven Kelder, PhD
  • Lisa Pompeii, PhD
  • Arnold Schecter, MD
  • Melissa Stigler

Injury, Violence & Substance Abuse Courses

  • Injury Epidemiology: Pompeii (PH2998)

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Nutrition & Obesity

Poor nutrition and lack of physical activity are risk factors for many chronic diseases. Research projects of EHGES faculty include the design and implementation of nutrition and physical activity programs for children and other at-risk populations, investigation of the relationships between hormones, diet, body size, and breast cancer; development and evaluation of assessment techniques; and studies of gene-diet interactions. Many of the EHGES faculty who study nutrition and obesity are also members of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living. The following includes EHGES faculty who conduct research in these areas and their related courses.

Nutrition & Obesity Research Faculty

  • Susie Day, PhD
  • Susan Fisher-Hoch, MD
  • Craig Hanis, PhD
  • Steven Kelder, PhD
  • David Lopez, DrPH
  • Jennifer Nettleton, PhD
  • Shreela Sharma, PhD
  • Melissa Stigler, PhD
  • Kim Waller, PhD

Nutrition & Obesity Courses

  • Epidemiology of Child and Adolescent Health: Kelder
  • Nutritional Epidemiology: Day (PH2998)
  • Nutrition Research Methods: Day (PH2998)

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Pediatric, Perinatal & Reproductive Epidemiology

The goal of research in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology research is to promote and improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, infants, children & families. EHGES faculty are involved in efforts to assess health trends (such as obesity, physical activity and nutrient intake among school-age children) and risk factor exposures (such as alcohol, tobacco and drug use) of children in Texas, the U.S. and in developing countries. More specifically, these faculty are committed to understanding the etiology of birth defects including spina bifida, heart defects, and other types of structural anomalies. Examples of current studies being conducted include the examination of air pollution in the Greater Houston area on newborn health, and the association between polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) on congenital heart defects. The following includes EHGES faculty who conduct research in these areas and their related courses.

Pediatric, Perinatal & Reproductive Epidemiology Faculty

  • Irina Cech, PhD
  • Lu-Yu Hwang, MD
  • Phillip Lupo, PhD
  • Laura Mitchell, PhD
  • Alanna Morrison, PhD
  • Roberta Ness, MD, MPH
  • Theresa Ochoa
  • Lisa Pompeii, PhD
  • Mohammad Hossein Rahbar, PhD
  • Kim Waller, PhD

Pediatric, Perinatal & Reproductive Epidemiology Courses

  • Perinatal Epidemiology: Waller (PH2998)

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Physical Activity Epidemiology

Physical activity and inactivity are problems that contribute substantially to the global burden of disease. EHGES faculty are involved in national and international research to advance the understanding of physical activity as both a risk factor and an outcome to improve health. Areas of current research by EHGES faculty include studies on improving methodology for physical activity assessment and surveillance, etiologic studies of physical activity and health outcomes, and environmental and behavioral determinants of physical activity in children, adults and older adults. Also of interest are behavioral, environmental and policy interventions for improving individual-level participation and population-level prevalence of physical activity. The following includes EHGES faculty who conduct research in these areas and their related courses.

Physical Activity Faculty

  • Susie Day, PhD
  • Kelley Pettee-Gabriel, Ph.D.
  • David Gimeno, PhD
  • Steven Kelder, PhD
  • Harold W. (Bill) Kohl, PhD
  • Kerem Shuval, PhD
  • Shreela Sharma, PhD

Related Courses

  • Physical Activity and Public Health Practice: Kohl (PH2998)
  • Physical Activity and Health: Epidemiology and Mechanisms: Kohl (PH2998)
  • Physical Activity Assessment and Surveillance: Kohl/Gay (PH2998)
  • Physical Activity and Health Seminar: Kohl (PH2998)

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