Office of Research

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The University of Texas School of Public Health provides a direct service to communities through the research efforts of its campuses, divisions and research centers and the Institute for Health Policy. It is the school’s objective to translate its discoveries into policies and programs that have a beneficial impact on the health of the public across Texas and globally.

The school’s research centers have been developed by faculty to enhance areas of interdisciplinary research. The centers play an important role in supporting the diverse areas of public health and give students excellent opportunities to interact in real world work environments.

What We Do

The Office of Research provides faculty and students with leadership, guidance and coordination of:

  • Pre-award activities for grant and contract proposals;
  • Approval of culminating experience, thesis and dissertation proposals (prior to beginning the research) for human subjects risks, compliance with HIPAA guidelines, scientific merit and relevant School of Public Health and University of Texas Health Science Center policies.

All students of the School of Public Health submit their culminating experience, thesis or dissertation proposal to the Office of Research after their academic committee has approved and signed it for review and approval by the Associate Dean for Research.


Recent Faculty Publications

Adams, J., Schmid, J., Parker, R. D., Coast, J. R., Cheng, D., Killian, A. D., McCray, S., Strauss, D.,  McLeroy Dejong, S., & Berbarie, R. (2013). Comparison of force exerted on the sternum during a sneeze versus during low-, moderate-, and high-intensity bench press resistance exercise with and without the valsalva maneuver in healthy volunteers. The American Journal of Cardiology, doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2013.11.064; 10.1016/j.amjcard.2013.11.064

Advani, P. S., Ying, J., Theriault, R., Melhem-Bertrand, A., Moulder, S., Bedrosian, I., Tereffe, W., Black, S., Pini, T.M., & Brewster, A. M. (2013). Ethnic disparities in adherence to breast cancer survivorship surveillance care. Cancer, doi:10.1002/cncr.28490; 10.1002/cncr.28490

Agopian, A., Waller, D. K., Lupo, P. J., Canfield, M. A., & Mitchell, L. E. (2013). A case-control study of maternal bathing habits and risk for birth defects in offspring. Environmental Health : A Global Access Science Source, 12, 88-069X-12-88. doi:10.1186/1476-069X-12-88; 10.1186/1476-069X-12-88

Ajami, N. J., Kavanagh, O. V., Ramani, S., Crawford, S. E., Atmar, R. L., Jiang, Z. D., Okhuysen, P. C., Estes, M. K., & Dupont, H. L. (2014). Seroepidemiology of norovirus-associated travelers’ diarrhea. Journal of Travel Medicine, 21(1), 6-11. doi:10.1111/jtm.12092; 10.1111/jtm.12092

Allicock, M., Carr, C., Johnson, L. S., Smith, R., Lawrence, M., Kaye, L., Gellin, M., & Manning, M. (2013). Implementing a one-on-one peer support program for cancer survivors using a motivational interviewing approach: Results and lessons learned. Journal of Cancer Education : The Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education, doi:10.1007/s13187-013-0552-3

Allicock, M., Haynes-Maslow, L., Carr, C., Orr, M., Kahwati, L. C., Weiner, B. J., & Kinsinger, L. (2013). Training veterans to provide peer support in a weight-management program: MOVE! Preventing Chronic Disease, 10, E185. doi:10.5888/pcd10.130084; 10.5888/pcd10.130084

Basgen, J. M., & Sobin, C. (2014). Early chronic low-level lead exposure produces glomerular hypertrophy in young C57BL/6J mice. Toxicology Letters, 225(1), 48-56. doi:10.1016/j.toxlet.2013.11.031; 10.1016/j.toxlet.2013.11.031

Bowne, S. J., Sullivan, L. S., Avery, C. E., Sasser, E. M., Roorda, A., Duncan, J. L.,Wheaton, D. H., Birch, D. G., Branham, K. E., Heckenlively, J. R., Sieving, P. A., & Daiger, S. P. (2013). Mutations in the small nuclear riboprotein 200 kDa gene (SNRNP200) cause 1.6% of autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa. Molecular Vision, 19, 2407-2417.

Bressler, J., Pankow, J. S., Coresh, J., & Boerwinkle, E. (2013). Interaction between the NOS3 gene and obesity as a determinant of risk of type 2 diabetes: The atherosclerosis risk in communities study. PloS One, 8(11), e79466. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0079466; 10.1371/journal.pone.0079466

Brown, L. D., Feinberg, M. E., Shapiro, V. B., & Greenberg, M. T. (2013). Reciprocal relations between coalition functioning and the provision of implementation support. Prevention Science : The Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research, doi:10.1007/s11121-013-0447-x

Brown, L. D., Tang, X., & Hollman, R. L. (2014). The structure of social exchange in self-help support groups: Development of a measure. American Journal of Community Psychology, doi:10.1007/s10464-013-9621-3

Bui, D. H., Cruz, A. T., & Graviss, E. A. (2014). Indeterminate QuantiFERON-TB gold in-tube assay results in children: Possible association with procedural specimen collection. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 33(2), 220-222. doi:10.1097/INF.0000000000000001; 10.1097/INF.0000000000000001

Businelle, M. S., Cuate, E. L., Kesh, A., Poonawalla, I. B., & Kendzor, D. E. (2013). Comparing homeless smokers to economically disadvantaged domiciled smokers. American Journal of Public Health, 103 Suppl 2, S218-20. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301336; 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301336

Businelle, M. S., Kendzor, D. E., Kesh, A., Cuate, E. L., Poonawalla, I. B., Reitzel, L. R., Okuyemi, K. S., & Wetter, D. W. (2014). Small financial incentives increase smoking cessation in homeless smokers: A pilot study. Addictive Behaviors, 39(3), 717-720. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.11.017; 10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.11.017

Calcote, J. C., Carson, A. I., Peskin, M. F., & Emery, R. J. (2013). Assessing postdisaster psychological stress in hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER) workers. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 7(5), 452-460. doi:10.1017/dmp.2013.75; 10.1017/dmp.2013.75

Cao, Y., Lupo, P. J., Swartz, M. D., Nousome, D., & Scheurer, M. E. (2013). Using a bayesian hierarchical model for identifying single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia risk in case-parent triads. PloS One, 8(12), e84658. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0084658; 10.1371/journal.pone.0084658

Caughy, M. O., Mills, B., Owen, M. T., & Hurst, J. R. (2013). Emergent self-regulation skills among very young ethnic minority children: A confirmatory factor model. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 116(4), 839-855. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2013.07.017; 10.1016/j.jecp.2013.07.017

Chavez, A. A., Duzinski, S. V., Wheeler, T. C., & Lawson, K. A. (2014). Teaching safety at a summer camp: Evaluation of a fire safety curriculum in an urban community setting. Burns : Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries, doi:10.1016/j.burns.2013.12.006; 10.1016/j.burns.2013.12.006

Chen, Y., Ning, Y., Hong, C., & Wang, S. (2014). Semiparametric tests for identifying differentially methylated loci with case-control designs using illumina arrays. Genetic Epidemiology, 38(1), 42-50. doi:10.1002/gepi.21774; 10.1002/gepi.21774

Colon-Lopez, V., Banerjee, G., Gertz, A. M., Ortiz, A. P., Calo, W., Finney-Rutten, L. J., Colon-Ramos, U., Hesse, B. W., &  Tortolero, G. (2013). Behavioral correlates of fruit and vegetable intake in puerto rico: Results from the health information national trends survey. Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal, 32(4), 194-199.

Cottler, L. B., O’Leary, C. C., Nickel, K. B., Reingle, J. M., & Isom, D. (2014). Breaking the blue wall of silence: Risk factors for experiencing police sexual misconduct among female offenders. American Journal of Public Health, 104(2), 338-344. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301513; 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301513

Darkoh, C., Brown, E. L., Kaplan, H. B., & Dupont, H. L. (2013). Bile salt inhibition of host cell damage by clostridium difficile toxins. PloS One, 8(11), e79631. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0079631; 10.1371/journal.pone.0079631

Delclos, J., & Artazcoz, L. (2013). Cancer screening in occupational health: Detection or distraction? [Cribado en salud laboral: inverted question markdetectamos o despistamos?] Archivos De Prevencion De Riesgos Laborales, 16(4), 161-163. doi:10.12961/aprl.2013.16.4.01; 10.12961/aprl.2013.16.4.01

Delgado, R. I., Swint, J. M., Lairson, D. R., Johnson, N. P., Gould, K. L., & Sdringola, S. (2014). Cost analysis of PET and comprehensive lifestyle modification for the reversal of atherosclerosis. Journal of Nuclear Medicine : Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 55(1), 80-87. doi:10.2967/jnumed.113.119511; 10.2967/jnumed.113.119511

Desantis, S. M., & Lazaridis, C. (2014). Aprotinin revisited. Intensive Care Medicine, 40(1), 142-013-3130-6. Epub 2013 Oct 24. doi:10.1007/s00134-013-3130-6; 10.1007/s00134-013-3130-6

Desantis, S. M., Lazaridis, C., Ji, S., & Spinale, F. G. (2014). Analyzing propensity matched zero-inflated count outcomes in observational studies. Journal of Applied Statistics, 41(1), 10.1080/02664763.2013.834296. doi:10.1080/02664763.2013.834296; 10.1080/02664763.2013.834296

Douphrate, D. I., Gimeno, D., Nonnenmann, M. W., Hagevoort, R., Rosas-Goulart, C., & Rosecrance, J. C. (2013). Prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal symptoms among US large-herd dairy parlor workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, doi:10.1002/ajim.22286; 10.1002/ajim.22286

Duong, H. T., & Roberts, R. E. (2014). Perceived weight in youths and risk of overweight or obesity six years later. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 76(1), 23-27. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2013.11.007; 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2013.11.007

Duzinski, S. V., Yuma-Guerrero, P. J., Fung, A., Brown, J. M., Wheeler, T., Barczyk, A. N., & Lawson, K. A. (2013). Sleep behaviors of infants and young children: Associated demographic and acculturation characteristics among hispanic teen mothers. Journal of Trauma Nursing : The Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses, 20(4), 189-198. doi:10.1097/JTN.0000000000000011; 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000011

Enard, K. R., & Ganelin, D. M. (2013). Reducing preventable emergency department utilization and costs by using community health workers as patient navigators. Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives, 58(6), 412-27; discussion 428.

Fernandez, M. E., Savas, L. S., Lipizzi, E., Smith, J. S., & Vernon, S. W. (2014). Cervical cancer control for hispanic women in texas: Effective strategies from research and practice. Gynecologic Oncology, doi:10.1016/j.ygyno.2013.12.038; 10.1016/j.ygyno.2013.12.038

Fisher-Hoch, S. P., Mathews, C. E., & McCormick, J. B. (2013). Obesity, diabetes and pneumonia: The menacing interface of non-communicable and infectious diseases. Tropical Medicine & International Health : TM & IH, 18(12), 1510-1519. doi:10.1111/tmi.12206; 10.1111/tmi.12206

Fujimoto, K., Wang, P., & Valente, T. W. (2013). The decomposed affiliation exposure model: A network approach to segregating peer influences from crowds and organized sports. Network Science (Cambridge University Press), 1(2), 10.1017/nws.2013.7. doi:10.1017/nws.2013.7; 10.1017/nws.2013.7

Jian, X., Boerwinkle, E., & Liu, X. (2013). In silico tools for splicing defect prediction: A survey from the viewpoint of end users. Genetics in Medicine : Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics, doi:10.1038/gim.2013.176; 10.1038/gim.2013.176

Kendzor, D. E., Businelle, M. S., Reitzel, L. R., Rios, D. M., Scheuermann, T. S., Pulvers, K., & Ahluwalia, J. S. (2013). Everyday discrimination is associated with nicotine dependence in african american, latino, and white smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research : Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, doi:10.1093/ntr/ntt198

Lairson, D. R., Dicarlo, M., Deshmuk, A. A., Fagan, H. B., Sifri, R., Katurakes, N., Cocroft, J., Sendecki, J., Vernon, S. W., & Myers, R. E. (2014). Cost-effectiveness of a standard intervention versus a navigated intervention on colorectal cancer screening use in primary care. Cancer, doi:10.1002/cncr.28535; 10.1002/cncr.28535

Lairson, D. R., Parikh, R. C., Cormier, J. N., & Du, X. L. (2014). Cost-utility analysis of platinum-based chemotherapy versus taxane and other regimens for ovarian cancer. Value in Health : The Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, 17(1), 34-42. doi:10.1016/j.jval.2013.11.007; 10.1016/j.jval.2013.11.007

Lei, J., Guan, P., Gao, K., Lu, X., Chen, Y., Li, Y., Meng, Q., Zhang, J., Sittig, D., & Zheng, K. (2014). Characteristics of health IT outage and suggested risk management strategies: An analysis of historical incident reports in china. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 83(2), 122-130. doi:10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2013.10.006; 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2013.10.006

Lin, H., Sinner, M. F., Brody, J. A., Arking, D. E., Lunetta, K. L., Rienstra, M., Lubitz, S. A., Magnani, J. W., Sotoodehnia, N., McKnight, B., McManus, D. D., Boerwinkle, E., Psaty, B. M., Rotter J. I., Bis, J. C., Gibbs, R. A., Muzny, D., Kovar, C. L., Morrison, A. C., Gupta, M., Folsom, A. R., Kaab, S. on behalf of the CHARGE Atrial Fibrillation Working Group. (2013). Targeted sequencing in candidate genes for atrial fibrillation: The cohorts for heart and aging research in genomic epidemiology targeted sequencing study. Heart Rhythm : The Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, doi:10.1016/j.hrthm.2013.11.012; 10.1016/j.hrthm.2013.11.012

Liu, X., Zheng, Y., Zhang, W., Zhang, X., Lioyd-Jones, D. M., Baccarelli, A. A., Ning, H., Fornage, M., He, K.,Liu, K., & Hou, L. (2013). Blood methylomics in response to arsenic exposure in a low-exposed US population. Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology, doi:10.1038/jes.2013.89; 10.1038/jes.2013.89

Lostao, L., Blane, D., Gimeno, D., Netuveli, G., & Regidor, E. (2014). Socioeconomic patterns in use of private and public health services in spain and britain: Implications for equity in health care. Health & Place, 25, 19-25. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.09.011; 10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.09.011

Lupo, P. J., Mitchell, L. E., Canfield, M. A., Shaw, G. M., Olshan, A. F., Finnell, R. H., & Zhu, H., National Birth Defects Prevention Study. (2014). Maternal-fetal metabolic gene-gene interactions and risk of neural tube defects. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, 111(1), 46-51. doi:10.1016/j.ymgme.2013.11.004; 10.1016/j.ymgme.2013.11.004

Luu, H. N., Adler-Storthz, K., Dillon, L. M., Follen, M., & Scheurer, M. E. (2013). Comparing the performance of hybrid capture II and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the identification of cervical dysplasia in the screening and diagnostic settings. Clinical Medicine Insights.Oncology, 7, 247-255. doi:10.4137/CMO.S12811; 10.4137/CMO.S12811

Luu, H. N., Amirian, E. S., Beasley, R. P., Piller, L., Chan, W., & Scheurer, M. E. (2013). Clinical implications of the cervical papanicolaou test results in the management of anal warts in HIV-infected women. PloS One, 8(11), e81751. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081751; 10.1371/journal.pone.0081751

Mahale, P., Okhuysen, P. C., & Torres, H. A. (2013). Does chemotherapy cause viral relapse in cancer patients with hepatitis C infection successfully treated with antivirals? Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology : The Official Clinical Practice Journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, doi:10.1016/j.cgh.2013.10.034; 10.1016/j.cgh.2013.10.034

Montealegre, J. R., Zhou, R., Amirian, E. S., & Scheurer, M. E. (2014). Uncovering nativity disparities in cancer patterns: Multiple imputation strategy to handle missing nativity data in the surveillance, epidemiology, and end results data file. Cancer, doi:10.1002/cncr.28533; 10.1002/cncr.28533

Moye, L. (2014). Clinical trials in cardiology: Pinnacle or inflection point? Circulation Research, 114(1), 28-31. doi:10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.113.302851; 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.113.302851

Nyitray, A. G., Lin, H. Y., Fulp, W. J., Chang, M., Menezes, L., Lu, B., Abrahamsen, M., Papenfuss, M., Gage, C., Galindo, C. M., & Giuliano, A. R. (2013). The role of monogamy and duration of heterosexual relationships in human papillomavirus transmission. The Journal of Infectious Diseases, doi:10.1093/infdis/jit615

Panchal, J. M., Lairson, D. R., Chan, W., & Du, X. L. (2014). Geographic variation in oxaliplatin chemotherapy and survival in patients with colon cancer. American Journal of Therapeutics, doi:10.1097/MJT.0000000000000015

Peters, R. J.,Jr, Meshack, A., Lin, M. T., Hill, M., & Abughosh, S. (2013). The social norms and beliefs of teenage male electronic cigarette use. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 12(4), 300-307. doi:10.1080/15332640.2013.819310; 10.1080/15332640.2013.819310

Peters, R. J., Meshack, A., & Lin, M. T. (2014). Smoking cessation recruitment messages tailored to african american high school smokers. The American Journal on Addictions / American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism and Addictions, 23(1), 102-0391.2013.12070.x. Epub 2013 May 30. doi:10.1111/j.1521-0391.2013.12070.x; 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2013.12070.x

Restrepo, B. I., & Schlesinger, L. S. (2013). Host-pathogen interactions in tuberculosis patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Tuberculosis (Edinburgh, Scotland), 93 Suppl, S10-4. doi:10.1016/S1472-9792(13)70004-0; 10.1016/S1472-9792(13)70004-0

Ross, M. W., Tikkanen, R., & Berg, R. C. (2014). Gay community involvement: Its interrelationships and associations with internet use and HIV risk behaviors in swedish men who have sex with men. Journal of Homosexuality, 61(2), 323-333. doi:10.1080/00918369.2013.839916; 10.1080/00918369.2013.839916

Rowan, P. J. (2013). Does prophylactic antidepressant treatment boost interferon-alpha treatment completion in HCV? World Journal of Virology, 2(4), 139-145. doi:10.5501/wjv.v2.i4.139; 10.5501/wjv.v2.i4.139

Schecter, A., & Constable, J. D. (2013). Letter commentary on tai et al: Dioxin exposure in breast milk and infant neurodevelopment in vietnam. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 70(11), 824-2013-101727. Epub 2013 Sep 18. doi:10.1136/oemed-2013-101727; 10.1136/oemed-2013-101727

Sexton, K., & Linder, S. H. (2014). Integrated assessment of risk and sustainability in the context of regulatory decision making. Environmental Science & Technology, doi:10.1021/es4043066

Sexton, K., Salinas, J. J., McDonald, T. J., Gowen, R. M., Miller, R. P., McCormick, J. B., & Fisher-Hoch, S. P. (2013). Biomarker measurements of prenatal exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in umbilical cord blood from postpartum hispanic women in brownsville, texas. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health.Part A, 76(22), 1225-1235. doi:10.1080/15287394.2013.848744; 10.1080/15287394.2013.848744

Sharma, V. K., Siskova, K. M., Zboril, R., & Gardea-Torresdey, J. L. (2013). Organic-coated silver nanoparticles in biological and environmental conditions: Fate, stability and toxicity. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, doi:10.1016/j.cis.2013.12.002; 10.1016/j.cis.2013.12.002

Shawa, H., Deniz, F., Bazerbashi, H., Hernandez, M., Vassilopoulou-Sellin, R., Jimenez, C., & Habra, M. A. (2013). Mitotane-induced hyperlipidemia: A retrospective cohort study. International Journal of Endocrinology, 2013, 624962. doi:10.1155/2013/624962; 10.1155/2013/624962

Shuval, K., Kohl, H. W.,3rd, Bernstein, I., Cheng, D., Pettee Gabriel, K., Barlow, C. E., Yinghui, L., & Dipietro, L. (2014). Sedentary behaviour and physical inactivity assessment in primary care: The rapid assessment disuse index (RADI) study. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(3), 250-255. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2013-092901; 10.1136/bjsports-2013-092901

Stew, S. S., Martinez, P. J., Schlesinger, L. S., & Restrepo, B. I. (2013). Differential expression of monocyte surface markers among TB patients with diabetes co-morbidity. Tuberculosis (Edinburgh, Scotland), 93 Suppl, S78-82. doi:10.1016/S1472-9792(13)70015-5; 10.1016/S1472-9792(13)70015-5

Suarez, E., Gonzalez, L., Diaz-Toro, E. C., Calo, W. A., Bermudez, F., & Ortiz, A. P. (2013). Incidence of oral cavity and pharyngeal cancers by anatomical sites in population-based registries in puerto rico and the united states of america. Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal, 32(4), 175-181.

Tang, H., Wei, P., Duell, E. J., Risch, H. A., Olson, S. H., Bueno-de-Mesquita, H. B., Gallinger, S., Holly, E.A., Petersen, G.M., Bracci, P.M., McWilliams, R.R., Jenab, M., Riboli, E., Tjonneland, A., Boutron-Ruault, M.C., Kaaks, R., Trichopoulos, D., Panico, S., Sund, M., Peeters, P.H., Khaw, K.T., Amos, C.I., & Li, D. (2014). Genes-environment interactions in obesity- and diabetes-associated pancreatic cancer: A GWAS data analysis. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention : A Publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, Cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology, 23(1), 98-106. doi:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-13-0437-T; 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-13-0437-T

Taylor, B. S., Liang, Y., Garduno, L. S., Walter, E. A., Gerardi, M. B., Anstead, G. M., Bullock, D., & Turner, B. J. (2014). High risk of obesity and weight gain for HIV-infected uninsured minorities. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (1999), 65(2), e33-40. doi:10.1097/QAI.0000000000000010; 10.1097/QAI.0000000000000010

Temple, J. R., Le, V. D., van den Berg, P., Ling, Y., Paul, J. A., & Temple, B. W. (2014). Brief report: Teen sexting and psychosocial health. Journal of Adolescence, 37(1), 33-36. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2013.10.008; 10.1016/j.adolescence.2013.10.008

Volpe, S. L., Hall, W. J., Steckler, A., Schneider, M., Thompson, D., Mobley, C., Pham, T., & El ghormli, L. (2013). Process evaluation results from the HEALTHY nutrition intervention to modify the total school food environment. Health Education Research, 28(6), 970-978. doi:10.1093/her/cyt096; 10.1093/her/cyt096

Whitfield, G. P., Pettee Gabriel, K. K., Rahbar, M. H., & Kohl, H. W.,3rd. (2014). Application of the AHA/ACSM adult preparticipation screening checklist to a nationally representative sample of US adults aged 40 and older from NHANES 2001-2004. Circulation, doi:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.113.004160

Youmans, B. P., Ajami, N. J., Jiang, Z. D., Petrosino, J. F., Dupont, H. L., & Highlander, S. K. (2014). Development and accuracy of quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction assays for detection and quantification of enterotoxigenic escherichia coli (ETEC) heat labile and heat stable toxin genes in travelers’ diarrhea samples. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 90(1), 124-132. doi:10.4269/ajtmh.13-0383; 10.4269/ajtmh.13-0383

Yu, P., Sun, J., Wolz, R., Stephenson, D., Brewer, J., Fox, N. C., Cole, P. E., Jack, C. R. Jr.,  Hill, D. L., & Schwarz, A. J.,  Coalition Against Major Diseases and the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. (2014). Operationalizing hippocampal volume as an enrichment biomarker for amnestic mild cognitive impairment trials: Effect of algorithm, test-retest variability, and cut point on trial cost, duration, and sample size. Neurobiology of Aging, 35(4), 808-818. doi:10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2013.09.039; 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2013.09.039



 PI Name

Investigator Type


The Suitability of the Vittamed Two-Depth Transcranial Doppler for the Non-Invasive Assessment of Intracranial Pressure DeSantis, Stacia (PI) BCM
Association Analysis of Rare Variants with Sequencing Data Wei, Peng (PI) U of Minnesota
Boerwinkle, Eric (Multi-PI)
Genetic Susceptibility and Risk Model for Pancreatic Cancer Wei, Peng (PI) NIH
Environmental Performance of Dairy as Part of a Sustainable Diet Henderson, Andrew (PI) Dairy Research Institute
Determining DNA Damage in Giardia at Different Wavelengths Rodriguez, Roberto (PI) U of Colorado Denver
Epidemiological Research on Autism in Jamaica – Phase II Rahbar, Mohammad Hossein (PI) NIH
Boerwinkle, Eric (CI)
Bressler, Jan (CI)
A Study of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Disorders DuPont, Herbert L. (PI) SLEH
Jiang, Zhi-Dong (Co-PI)
Effects of Light Rail Transit on Physical Activity:  A Natural Experiment Kohl III, Harold (PI) NIH
Durand, Casey (CI)
Gabriel, Kelley Pettee (CI)
Hoelscher, Deanna M. (CI)
Oluyomi, Abiodun O. (CI)
Swank, Paul R. (CI)
Implement Medical Homes in HPSA and Other Rural and Impoverished Areas McCormick, Joseph B. (PI) UTSA
Fisher-Hoch, Susan P. (CI)
Rahbar, Mohammad Hossein (CI)
Reininger, Belinda M. (CI)
Establish/Expand a Patient Care Navigation Program Based on a Mobile Clinic Model Reininger, Belinda M. (PI) U of TX HSC San Antonio
Fisher-Hoch, Susan P. (CI)
McCormick, Joseph B. (CI)
Expand Model of Management of Chronic Diseases in Lower Valley of RHP 5 Reininger, Belinda M. (PI) U of TX HSC San Antonio
Fisher-Hoch, Susan P. (CI)
McCormick, Joseph B. (CI)
Valerio, Melissa (CI)
Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science on Youth and Young Adults Perry, Cheryl (PI) NIH
Brown III, Henry S. (CI)
Kelder, Steven H. (CI)
Perez, Adriana (CI)
Stigler, Melissa (CI)
Vandewater, Elizabeth (CI)
Wilkinson, Anna (CI)
“Go Austin! Vamos Austin! (GAVA)” Byrd-Williams, Courtney Erin (PI) SUSTAINABLE FOOD CTR
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Fitness and Recreational Improvements at Dove Springs District Park Evans, Alexandra (PI) ST. DAVID’S FOUNDATION
Ranjit, Nalini (CI)
Promoting breast and cervical cancer screening among Vietnamese nail salon workers: An evidence based approach Fernandez-Esquer, Maria E. (PI) CPRIT
Le, Yen-Chi L. (Project Director)
A Text Message Intervention to Increase HPV Vaccine Completion in Young Latinas Roncancio, Angelica (PI) NIH
Fernandez-Esquer, Maria E. (Mentor)
Abstinence Education Services Hernandez, Belinda Flores (PI) DSHS
Markham, Christine (CI)
Peskin, Melissa Fleschler (CI)
Tanzania Aids Prevention Program 2 McCurdy, Sheryl A. (PI) MUHIMBILI U
Ratliff, Eric Alan (CI)
Ross, Michael W. (CI)
Implement Evidence-Based Health Promotion Programs through a Community Wide Campaign to Promote Healthy Lifestyles Reininger, Belinda M. (PI) U of TX HSC San Antonio
Lee, MinJae (CI)
Valerio, Melissa (CI)
Evaluation of the Heart and Stroke Healthy City Program Valerio, Melissa (PI) DSHS
Inequalities in Health and Healthcare in Immigrant Populations in Italy Franzini, Luisa (PI) U OF PERUGIA, ITALY


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