Month: May 2011

CHIP Affiliate Featured in UConn Today

Dipak Dey
Dipak Dey, a CHIP Affiliate, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Statistics and the head of the statistics department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been called an ambassador for the field. A prolific researcher, he frequently collaborates with scientists, physicians, and economists, studying topics such as cancer survival rates and medical image processing. He recently sat down with UConn Today to answer questions about his field. A link to the full article is below.

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CHIP PI Wins Alumni Association Award

CHIP Principal Investigator and Psychology Professor Seth Kalichman has been awarded a 2011 UConn Alumni Association Award for Faculty Excellence in Research in the Humanities/ Social Sciences. The Alumni Association will honor its 2011 award winners at a ceremony on Friday evening, October 14, 2011.

Dr. Kalichman is an internationally recognized public health researcher known for his long-standing commitment to helping people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Connecticut, Georgia, South Africa and Uganda. He has had continuous National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for his work since 1994 and an impressive number of scholarly publications. Dr. Kalichman has impacted more than 10,000 PLWHA worldwide – directly through his own research and through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s dissemination of two of his evidence-based behavior change interventions.

Click here to read an example of Dr. Kalichman’s recent work in the areas of HIV prevention and antiretroviral (ARV) medication adherence as published in the American Journal of Public Health earlier this semester.

Lecture Series Speaker in the News

In 1981, severe illness in a group of young gay men caught the attention of federal public health officials who could not explain the cluster of rare, deadly cases of pneumonia. This ominous medical mystery is widely regarded as the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which continues to rage on every inhabitable corner of earth.

Over the past 30 years, HIV/AIDS in the U.S. has spread to many other populations, particularly low-income women of color and injection drug users. While no longer a singularly “gay disease,” gay, bisexual and transgender people remain severely impacted by HIV/AIDS in the U.S. For young gay, bi, and transgender youth of color, alarming rates of HIV rival those of some Sub-Saharan countries. What can we learn from the 30-year history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in order to forge a better, future response?

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CHIP PI Shares Research Findings Via New Web Site

Linda Pescatello discusses her recent findings on hypertension’s response to vigorous exercise on a new web site for clinicians.

Click here to watch a video of CHIP Principal Investigator and Kinesiology Professor Linda Pescatello discussing her significant findings on the effect vigorous exercise has on hypertension. Her findings were published in the American Heart Journal last semester and her video discussing the findings, which will alter the American College of Sports Medicine’s guidelines on the topic, was posted to a new web site called Cardiovascular Clinician recently.

This is just one example of Dr. Pescatello’s overall body of research, which contributed to her earning the ACSM’s second highest honor, a 2011 Citation Award.

Click here to read the full story about the ACSM Citation Award Dr. Pescatello will receive at the ACSM’s annual meeting in Denver in early June.