USF develops technique revolutionizing malaria research

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New laboratory method opens the door to novel human liver-stage research A breakthrough by the scientists at the University of South Florida is giving researchers around the world the chance to study the planet’s deadliest parasite in ways that were previously impossible. A new and innovative laboratory technique, published this week in Nature Communications, will radically improve the way […]

Unlocking the genome of the world’s deadliest parasite

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Groundbreaking USF College of  Public Health research pushing the fight against malaria forward   For the first time ever, an international team of researchers led by scientists at the University of South Florida have identified the core repertoire of essential genes of the world’s deadliest parasite – an innovative breakthrough with lifesaving potential. Researchers at […]

USF Health researchers team up to study effectiveness of novel therapy for prolonged grief

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Drs. Kevin Kip and Cindy Tofthagen use $275,000 National Institute on Aging grant to embark on two-year study An estimated 10 million Americans suffer from what experts call “prolonged, complicated grief.” This type of grief, which disproportionately affects the elderly, is characterized by a daily yearning for the deceased individual, feeling emotionally numb and having […]

From vaccinations to occupational health, students showcase their public health passion

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The USF Office of Graduate Studies presented its 10th Annual Graduate Research Symposium on March 21 at the Marshall Student Center. The event, sponsored by the Graduate and Professional Student Counsel and Research One, showcased graduate students across all disciplines. This year, 17 USF College of Public Health students participated. MPH student Katherine Lesser’s research, […]

Dr. Zachary Pruitt examines how managed care organizations address social determinants of health

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Dr. Zachary Pruitt, assistant professor of Health Policy and Management at the USF College of Public Health, is the lead author on a new study showing how managed care organizations can help address the social determinants of health. The research, “A Managed Care Organization’s Call Center-Based Social Support Role,” released by WellCare Health Plans, Inc. […]

Dr. Deborah Cragun aims to reduce deaths from hereditary colorectal cancer

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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Lynch syndrome—also known as hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer—is one of the most common hereditary cancer syndromes. Those with Lynch syndrome have a significantly greater risk than others in the general population of developing colorectal cancer. They are also at increased […]

76 scholars from COPH present at USF Health Research Day 2018

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Covering everything from alcohol use and risky sexual behavior to infection with Zika, 76 undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students from the USF College of Public Health presented posters summarizing their scholarly work at this year’s USF Health Research Day, held in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom on February 23. Overall 391 posters—a record number—were exhibited […]

Dr. Stephanie Marhefka and students curb smoking in people living with HIV through video groups

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Tobacco use among people living with HIV (PLWH) is a public health problem, according to USF College of Public Health’s Dr. Stephanie Marhefka, an associate professor of community and family health. “People living with HIV are more likely to die due to non-HIV causes than due to HIV-related complications,” she said. Her research, “Meeting Our […]