Stempel professor part of interdisciplinary team creating data-driven guide to reopening after lockdown

When is it safe to reopen countries amidst pandemic lockdowns? It’s a big question that many have been grappling with for months. It’s a battle between the need to unchain the economy—in support of livelihoods and putting food on tables—and the need to ensure the health and safety of entire populations. To complicate matters further, […]

Stempel College’s Global Health Consortium addresses cybersecurity in health care with course in Spanish directed at Latin America

Cyberattacks on health care organizations can be deadly. In September, a major hospital chain was hit by what appears to be one of the largest medical hacks in U.S. history, leaving for hours some 400 locations without access to patients’ computerized records and hampering medication systems. This month, companies and governments that will be distributing […]

Stempel College grad a leader in both federal and local COVID-19 responses

Bridget Pelaez rushes in where there’s disaster. Last month that meant commanding a federal team of 20 critical care physicians and others as they answered a call for help at a hospital out west that was overwhelmed with coronavirus patients. (She declined to identify the exact location out of privacy concerns.) The 36-year-old alumna of […]

Stempel to co-host ‘Antimicrobial Resistance in Latin America and the Caribbean’

Complimentary registration for the timely and important three-day virtual workshop is currently open. Public health professionals, industry professionals, students and others are invited to take advantage of this learning opportunity, which is offered at no cost by the college and the Global Health Consortium in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization and the World […]

FIU-Stempel College neuroscientists invited to speak on National Academies virtual workshop

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] To further understand how the environment is impacting brain health, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders, in collaboration with the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, has invited two distinguished neuroscientists from FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work to participate in the workshop, “Environmental Neuroscience: Advancing the Understanding of How Chemical Exposures Impact Brain Health and Disease.” [/su_column] [/su_row]

HIV-Related Care Among Older People Living with HIV During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The lack of current information on COVID-19 risk among people living with HIV may leave them especially vulnerable, particularly those who are older and have advanced immune suppression, feeling under prepared in protecting themselves from acquiring the virus. A new study by Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work researchers, published in the […]

Ibrahimou awarded $877,746 by the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute to study Particulate Matter metals in the air

Exposure to particulate matter metals or metal particles suspended in air, during pregnancy is known to be harmful to both mother and the newborn as many of these particles are hazardous. Additionally, these metals are also closely associated with the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Boubakari Ibrahimou, associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the […]

Mental health during social distancing

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] familyphoto [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Social distancing for many may trigger feelings of insecurity, depression or isolation. Mark Macgowan, associate dean of academic affairs at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work and a licensed clinical social worker who serves on one of Florida’s Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Teams, FL-5, provided advice and tips to help. [/su_column] [/su_row]

Early life lead exposure alters the brain opioid system and may lead to mental disorders

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] damarisphoto [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] While the exact cause of schizophrenia is unknown and much research has focused on genetics, researchers at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work are one step closer to understanding one pathway which may result in this long-term mental disorder. “Environmental factors have been associated with psychiatric disorders and recent studies suggest lead exposure disrupts common pathways in schizophrenia and drug addiction” said Damaris Albores-Garcia, a postdoctoral associate in Dr. Tomás R. Guilarte’s Lab, who recently received third place in the 2020 Metal Specialty Section Post-Doctoral Research Award presented by the Society of Toxicology (SOT). [/su_column] [/su_row]