News and Announcements
Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine.
Feinberg faculty, staff, students and community partners gathered at the inaugural IPHAM Population Health Forum to share their experience improving the health of communities in Chicago and around the world.
- Masha Kocherginsky, PhD was interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered about a study she co-authored that found that less invasive surgery for cervical cancer is worse for survival11.05.2018Masha Kocherginsky, PhD, a member of IPHAM's Center for Global Health, was interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered radio program about a study she co-authored that looked at national cancer data and found that after four years, 9 percent of the women with minimally invasive surgery had died, versus 5 percent of the women with open surgery.
"That is quite a big deal," says Kocherginsky. "These patients are early stage cancer patients, and the intent of surgical treatment is cure."
In a recent clinical trial, a drug called apalutamide added to standard therapy slowed cancer progression in men with prostate cancer, while maintaining quality of life.
Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH, George H. Gardner professor of clinical gynecology, vice chair for clinical research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and professor of preventive medicine and medical social sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, is receiving the APHA Award for Excellence for work as an educator, creating a pipeline of diverse researchers in the area of cancer; in community engagements that address women’s health issues across race, ethnicity and nationality; and as a physician scientist.
- Jeff Linder and Team Find that Nearly Half of Outpatient Antibiotics Prescribed Without Infection Diagnosis10.15.2018“We looked at all outpatient antibiotic prescribing and results suggest misuse of these drugs is a huge problem, no matter the symptom,” said the study’s lead author Jeffrey A. Linder, MD, MPH, in a recent statement. “We found that nearly half the time, clinicians have either a bad reason for prescribing antibiotics or don’t provide a reason at all. When you consider about 80% of antibiotics are prescribed on an outpatient basis, that’s a concern.”
Second-year medical students showcased ongoing results from their Area of Scholarly Concentration projects at a recent poster session.
- Northwestern University Awarded $3.5 Million to Train the Next Generation of Learning Health System Researchers10.08.2018Northwestern University will be implementing its project entitled, “A Chicago Center of Excellence in Learning Health Systems Research Training (ACCELERAT).”
Led by Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, the Center for Health Equity Transformation will build research infrastructure, conduct workforce development and support community partners in the effort to advance population health equity.
- The Northwestern Juvenile Project: Next Generation, led by Linda Teplin, PhD, will be the first prospective study of intergenerational transmission of substance use disorders (SUDs) in the children of delinquent youth09.18.2018
- Linda Teplin, PhD is conducting the first large-scale study of how high-risk parents’ current and past involvement with firearms influences that of their adolescent children09.18.2018
Feinberg has been awarded a prestigious O’Brien Kidney Center from The National Institutes of Health to expand research into the prevention and treatment of kidney diseases.
- Dr. Sheehan David Fisher explains that 10% of fathers experience depression after the birth of a child09.07.2018
Research shows that 10% of fathers experience depression after the birth of a child, explains Dr. Sheehan David Fisher, a member of IPHAM's Center for Behavior and Health, in this article in Offspring. They also experience higher levels of anxiety disorders than at other times in their lives. While the usual symptoms of depression and anxiety apply, men can also experience other less recognized symptoms such as aggression, rage, using drugs and alcohol to relieve stress, or acting out at home or at work.
- Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, says most cases of cervical cancer occur in women who have not been regularly screened or appropriately treated.08.21.2018
- The Council on Education for Public Health acted to accredit the Program in Public Health at Northwestern University for a 7-Year Term08.21.2018
EHR-based tools designed to help patients manage complex drug regimens failed to improve medication adherence or lower blood pressure among patients with hypertension, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.
- R. Kannan Mutharasan, MD, explains how exercise post-heart attack has been shown to improve quality of life and decrease the risk for another cardiac event.07.12.2018
- Brian Mustanski, PhD, presents an online intervention program for young HIV-negative men who have sex with men resulted in significantly lower STD incidences and a decrease in high-risk behavior.07.10.2018
- Mark Huffman, MD, MPH, notes future research should look into whether treatment of PTSD would lead to a reduction of cardiovascular events.07.10.2018
- Mark D. Huffman, MD, MPH, discusses importance of new app that not only rates the nutritional value of packaged foods but also suggests healthier alternatives.07.05.2018
- Phillip Greenland, MD, finds obese middle-age individuals who had bariatric surgery have half the death rate of those who had traditional medical treatment over a 10-year period.07.04.2018
- Ruchi Gupta, MD, explains how many patients at-risk of potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis do not routinely carry their prescribed epinephrine auto-injectors.07.02.2018
Middle-aged men with erectile dysfunction had a greater chance of experiencing cardiovascular events, according to a research letter published in Circulation.
The second annual Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities Conference, “Artful Medicine,” featured presentations from students, faculty, alumni and clinicians on how the arts inform medical practice and education.
Third-year medical student Ben Peipert co-founded Second Opinions, a student-run pro-bono consulting group, and brings his consulting skills to his research on quality of life in endocrine disorders.
Within the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM), investigators collaborate at the intersection of public health and medicine — connecting clinics to communities and accelerating innovations that impact the health of both patients and populations.
A home-based exercise program, consisting of wearables and telephone coaching, did not improve walking endurance for patients with peripheral artery disease, according to a study published in JAMA.
Patients with advanced prostate cancer who received more intensive treatment experienced worse quality of life at three months, but better overall in the long-term, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.
At a workshop on March 27, the Medical Faculty Council honored 2018 Mentor of the Year awardees Mercedes Carnethon, PhD, and joint recipients Erin Hsu, PhD and Wellington Hsu, MD.