USF represented at the 31st International Papillomavirus in South Africa

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The International Papillomavirus Society hosted the 31st International Papillomavirus conference in South Africa in March, showcasing the latest research in HPV related topics from researchers and experts from around the world.

This conference aims to facilitate research on human and animal papillomaviruses and their associated diseases, and to promote the translation of research results into new clinical applications and public health policies.

USF faculty and alumni from the USF College of Public Health’s Department of Community and Family Health presented six posters and an oral presentation during the conference that featured workshops, lectures, and oral and poster presentations.

Drs. Daley, Wheldon, Thompson, and Maness at the HPV Conference. (Photo courtesy of Erika Thompson)

Professor and associate dean Dr. Ellen Daley presented two posters and an invited oral presentation:

  • The HPV-related prevention spectrum among dental providers in the U.S. (poster)
  • Assessing HPV knowledge deficits among U.S. dental providers (poster)
  • The Invisible Man VI: How the feminization of HPV has impacted U.S. vaccine implementation policies related to HPV diseases and vaccination among men (oral presentation)

Dr. Daley’s oral presentation during the Invisible Man Series. (Photo courtesy of Erika Thompson)

Daley’s work on dental providers and the prevention of HPV is funded by a National Institutes of Health R21 grant.

Her posters assessed dental providers’ knowledge and beliefs on HPV, how they can play a key role in oropharyngeal cancer education, HPV vaccine uptake, and cancer prevention.

The data presented on dental providers’ knowledge regarding HPV prevention is published in the Journal of Cancer Education.

Daley was invited to speak at the Invisible Man series, which has occurred annually for the last six years. During this presentation, she discussed research and policies related to HPV diseases and vaccination among men. She also spoke on feminization in science and health and its impact on men’s health. This is related to an editorial published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Post-doctoral fellow Dr. Erika Thompson presented two posters:

  • Relationship status impacts HPV decision-making among young adult women
  • Primary reasons for non-vaccination among U.S. adolescents by sex and year

Thompson’s poster presentations looked at various reasons on why children and women are not vaccinated against HPV and how these reasons play a role in their decision-making process. Currently, her project on relationship status and HPV vaccine decision-making is published in Women’s Health Issues.

Dr. Thompson next to her posters at the conference. (Photo courtesy of Erika Thompson)

Dr. Sarah Maness graduated from USF COPH in 2015 with a PhD from Community and Family Health and she is now an assistant professor at The University of Oklahoma. She presented on:

  • HPV awareness, knowledge and vaccination attitudes among church-going African American women

Dr. Maness next to her poster at the conference. (Photo by Erika Thompson)

Dr. Christopher Wheldon also graduated from USF in 2015 with a PhD from Community and Family Health and he is a post-doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute. He presented his poster:

  • Acceptability of alternative setting for HPV vaccine delivery among men who have sex with men in the U.S.

Dr. Wheldon presenting his poster at the conference. (Photo courtesy of Erika Thompson)

Story by Theresa Nguyen, USF College of Public Health

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