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February 28, 2020
Welcome! This is the third bimonthly newsletter of Stanford's newest department, the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health (E&PH).
Did you know? We have a brand new department website at You can also access using 
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Message from the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to have this opportunity to express the immense excitement I feel, and that many of you have also expressed to me, during this important period in the department's early life. We are already a vital academic community that is growing in leaps and bounds, and it is with great pleasure that I share a couple highlights from the last couple of months that testify to this fact. 

First, we have an active recruitment for outstanding faculty to join our department who are working in either cancer or non-cancer epidemiology, and we are already accepting outstanding applications. For the non-cancer position, we are open to all areas. We would like to align with other research programs and Centers at Stanford who are focusing on environmental and planetary health in order to focus on risks and exposures that are affecting our health. We encourage people to apply, so please share the link for these positions with anyone who would be a great addition to our research community.

Second, our Communications Manager, Katie M. Kanagawa, PhD, launched version 1.0 of our new department website, which you can access at Please take a few minutes to explore the site and its many useful features (including, but not limited to, a News page with recent community awards, achievements, and media appearances; a Recent Publications list with link to a comprehensive core faculty PubMed list; and a department Events calendar). Katie will very soon begin publishing "Faculty Spotlight Stories" every month, and showcasing them on the site homepage. The first Spotlights will be focused on the exciting community engagement work and research being done by E&PH faculty members Lisa Goldman Rosas and Abby King. 

The website is a work in progress that Katie will continue to develop over time to meet the needs of our academic community. In that spirit, she asks that you submit any input or suggestions for improving the site to

Finally, we have a full line-up of Spring 2020 courses, ranging in subjects from epidemic intelligence to essential skills-building courses on clinical and epidemiologic research. Full details for available courses are included in the newsletter below. Those of you working with students, please encourage them to enroll in our courses, so we can continue to engage in the important work of training and growing the next generation of epidemiologists. 

I appreciate your feedback, and value the opportunities to connect and collaborate with all of you, as we continue to build a strong and dynamic E&PH community and culture. If you have not already, please follow us on Facebook and twitter!

Warmest regards,
Melissa Bondy, PhD
Awards and Recognition
Read more about these awards on our department News webpage

Melissa Bondy, Professor and Chair of Epidemiology & Population Health, has been elected to deliver the Michael O’Malley Distinguished Lecture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The lecture will be hosted by the Chapel Hill Cancer Control Education Program, will take place on February 28, 2020, and will be focused on the “Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Glioma.”

Abby King, Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and of Medicine, has received the Society of Behavioral Medicine's (SBM's) 2020 Distinguished Scientist Award, which will be presented at SBM’s 2020 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions, taking place April 1-4 in San Francisco.

Additionally, Dr King's "Safe Routes to School" article, published last year, was chosen to develop a short video/animation for the International Society of Physical Activity and Health’s international conference. More information will provided as soon as it is available. 
David Rehkopf, Associate Professor of Medicine and, by courtesy, of Epidemiology & Population Health, and Melissa Bondy, Professor and Chair of Epidemiology & Population Health, are now serving as Co-Directors of Stanford's Center for Population Health Sciences (PHS). 

Themistocles (Tim) Assimes, Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) and, by courtesy, of Epidemiology & Population Health, was elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) in December 2019.

Gary Shaw, NICU Nurses Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Epidemiology & Population Health and of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has been chosen to receive the Society for Pediatric Research's 2020 Douglas K. Richardson Award, which honors the lifetime achievement of an investigator who has made substantive contributions in child health. Dr. Shaw has 30 years of experience leading and directing research programs to investigate genetic and environmental risk factors for human birth defects and other pregnancy outcomes such as preterm birth. He will give a presentation, entitled “Birth Defects an Epidemiologic Challenge – Still” during the PAS 2020 Meeting.
On February 24th, E&PH Chair, Melissa Bondy, accepted the game ball from a former Stanford Women's Basketball player, on behalf of event sponsor, Stanford School of Medicine. It was the "Pink Game," supporting the fight against breast cancer by raising awareness throughout the game. We now have the ball in our possession! 
E&PH in Practice
Community Outreach

Ann Hsing, Professor of Medicine and, by courtesy, of Epidemiology and Population Health, along with Drs. Jeffrey Yang and Natalie Lui, surgeons from Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, held a community outreach on lung cancer screening and low dose CT in Fremont on January 18, 2020. The event was sponsored by Luke Christian Medical Mission. Over 100 community residents enthusiastically participated in this community outreach and building event.
Stanford WELL for Life

Ann Hsing
 now serves as the Principal Investigator of Stanford WELL for Life (WELL). WELL is a unique longitudinal study that uses novel methods to define, assess, and promote the multiple dimensions of well-being in the U.S. and globally. To date, over 28,000 individuals have been enrolled from four countries, including Bay Area (USA), China, Singapore and Taiwan. Thailand will be added in 2020. Currently, WELL Asia Biobank has over 300,000 biospecimens from 22,000 cohort participants. In our department, Dr. George Cholankeril and Caroline Young are using WELL data to study non-alcoholic fatty liver disease for their masters theses. Aydin Kaghazchi, another first-year masters student, joined WELL as a Research Assistant in February.

WELL welcomes faculty and students with innovative research to advance the science of well-being. Please visit the WELL website for more information: If you are interested in using WELL data for your research, please contact Ann Hsing at
Staff Corner

Renee Miller, Administrative Associate, is now supporting E&PH faculty member, Steven Goodman, and continuing to support Drs. Victor Henderson, Lorene Nelson, and Julia Simard.  

New Grants & Gifts

Ann Hsing received a philanthropic gift to support continued research for the Stanford WELL for Life Study and a grant on mobility and well-being within the WELL study from the Ford Motor Company for 2020-2021.

Bonnie (Yvonne) Maldonado recently received an NIAID R21, entitled "A genomic tool for identifying pathogenic circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses."

Lorene Nelson received a new grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) to examine the geographic variation in MS prevalence in the United States using new methodology for obtaining robust national prevalence estimates of MS. In addition to estimating MS prevalence by state for 2010 (adjusting for sex, age, and race), master’s student Mike Hittle will investigate whether MS prevalence varies according to the previously hypothesized south-to-north increasing prevalence gradient.

Julia Simard, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health and, by courtesy, of Medicine (Immunology & Rheumatology), was awarded a 2020 Peter Joseph Pappas Research Grant from the Preeclampsia Foundation. 
Trainee News
Two of our PhD students were named Stanford Data Science Scholars!

These students will join the 2nd cohort of Stanford’s Data Science Scholars (DSS) program. Out of 187 applicants, 18 were selected from across 6 schools and 14 departments. 

Yan Min,
PhD Student in Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Admitted Autumn 2019
Stylianos (Stelios) Serghiou,
PhD Student in Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Admitted Autumn 2016

Read more about our PhD students on the student bio website.

E&PH Master's Student Jeff Choi, MD was awarded a Chest Wall Injury Society- KLS Martin Research Fellowship ($25,000). 

On the Move

Dr. Amy Krystosik, former LaBeaud Lab postdoc, accepted a full-time position at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative as a Data Scientist on the Science Initiative team, starting January 6, 2020. She will continue to work to complete several fruitful projects she started at the LaBeaud Lab.

Stelios Serghiou, PhD student, has accepted a position as an AI Resident in Health at Google, starting in August 2020.

Yuan Jin Tan recently accepted a position at Keystone Strategy, a strategy and economics consulting firm, and will be starting as a Consultant in Aug 2020, following his expected graduation from our PhD program in June 2020.

Upcoming Events
Machine Learning and Causal Inference Colloquium III: 
Save the Date!

Friday, May 8th
SIEPR at 366 Galvez Street,
Koret-Taube Conference Room

Stanford's Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (E&PH) is hosting its annual colloquium on machine learning and causal inference. Check this site regularly for internal and guest speaker information and an agenda that will be regularly updated, as event information becomes available. 
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Li Ka Shing Center (LKSC), LK120
1:30 - 2:45pm
More Info


Upcoming Winter 2020 Seminars

We are looking forward to having you join us for our remaining Winter 2020 seminar line-up, which is summarized below:
“Prevalence of osteoporosis and identification of associated clinical factors in patients with Systemic Sclerosis”
Speaker: Guanying Wang, MS candidate, Epidemiology & Clinical Research
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

“Causes and consequences of child growth failure in low resource settings: new insights from pooled analyses of 38 longitudinal cohorts and over 100,000 children”
Speaker: Ben Arnold, PhD, Assistant Professor, Proctor Foundation, University of California, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 10, 2020


The full seminar calendar is now available on the new department website at Check back soon for the Spring 2020 line-up. 
Epi Supper Club

5pm on designated Mondays,
in HRP Redwood Building Atrium

The Epidemiology Supper Clubs (ESC's) are mandatory for E&PH PhD students. We also alternate between the large group and small group format. Small includes just E&PH PhD students and core faculty. The large groups include E&PH PhD students and core faculty, our affiliated folks, AND the wider Epi community of postdocs or other PhD students who are doing “epi-related work.”

These events are often organized around specific topics, which are announced closer to event days. For instance, our February 2020 Supper Club featured a timely and important discussion regarding the novel coronavirus, led by guest speakers, Stephen Luby (Stanford Professor of Medicine and, by courtesy, of E&PH) and Michelle Mello (Stanford Professor of Law and of Medicine).

Upcoming Meetings: 
March 9, 2020 (E&PH PhD students and core faculty)
April 20, 2020 (E&PH PhD students and core faculty)
May 18, 2020 (Larger epidemiology community)

Gastric Cancer Summit, 

hosted by Stanford Medicine & Stanford CARE
Professor of Medicine and, by courtesy, of Epidemiology & Population Health, Latha Palaniappan and Stanford colleagues Robert Huang, Joo Ha Hwang, and Bryant Lin are hosting a Gastric Cancer Summit on Stanford campus (in Paul Brest Hall) March 5-6, 2020. The overarching theme of this conference is improving the early detection of gastric cancer in the United States. The keynote will be Howard Ko, the former Assistant Secretary under Obama. 

Read more about, and register for, this event HERE. 
Spring 2020 E&PH Courses
  • HRP 216 – Analytical and Practical Issues in the Conduct of Clinical and Epidemiologic Research. Instructor: Rita Popat. 
  • HRP 236 – Epidemiology Research Seminar. Instructors: Lorene Nelson.

  • HRP 247 – Epidemic Intelligence: How to Identify, Investigate and Interrupt Outbreaks of Disease. Instructors: Catherine Ley and Julie Parsonnet. 

  • HRP 251 – Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials. Instructors: Victor Henderson and Rita Popat. 

  • HRP 258 – Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Clinical Research. Instructor: Kristin Sainani. 

  • HRP 262 – Intermediate Biostatistics: Regression, Prediction, Survival Analysis. Instructor: Kristin Sainani. 

  • HRP 265 – Advanced Methods for Meta-Analysis. Instructor: Jeroen Paul Jansen. 

  • HRP 292 – Advanced Statistical Methods for Observational Studies. Instructors: Mike Baiocchi and David Ragosa. 

Upcoming External Presentations
These listings are organized by presentation date (moving from March to September 2020), and in vertical columns. 
"Responding to the Youth Vaping Epidemic: Emerging Strategies to Address Adolescent E-cigarette Use and Addiction"
Workshop Organizer & Panelist: Hoda Magid, E&PH Postdoctoral Fellow 
Co-developed, and will serve as panelist for, this workshop, which will take place during the "Responding to the Youth Vaping Epidemic: Emerging Strategies to Address Adolescent E-cigarette Use and Addiction" session of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) 2020 Meeting.
San Diego, CA
Saturday, March 14, 2020, 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m

“Infection, Immune Factors, and Cancer”
Invited Speaker: Ann Hsing
2020 Annual Meeting of American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
San Diego, Ca
April 2020

"Keynote Title TBD"
Keynote Speaker: Abby King
The International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) 19th Meeting
Auckland, New Zealand
June 17, 2020
“Mentoring Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars from Underrepresented Groups: Mentor and Mentee Perspectives”
Workshop Organizer: Hoda Magid, E&PH Postdoctoral Fellow
Successfully co-developed an accepted diversity and inclusion professional development session for the upcoming 2020 Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) conference. Collaborated with Drs. Mahasin Mujahid (UC Berkeley) and Dayna Johnson (Emory University). The workshop will include a faculty panel, including Dr. Ana V. Diez Roux (Drexel University).

Boston, MA
June 16-19, 2020

"Title TBD"
Plenary Session Speaker: Abby King
11th Conference of HEPA Europe and 16th annual meeting
Nice, France
September 2-4, 2020
Recent External Presentations
These listings are organized alphabetically, by presenter last name, and in vertical columns. 

Two presentations: "Systemic Lidocaine to Decrease Opioid Use in Traumatic Rib Fractures," and "A Survey of Trainees on Facial Trauma Management: A Need to Improve Evidence-Based Practice"
Speaker: Jeff Choi, MD, E&PH Master's Student
Academic Surgical Congress (ASC)
Orlando, FL
February 2020

"The Pain Course of Traumatic Rib Fractures; Geriatric Patients Under-Report Pain"
Speaker: Jeff Choi, MD, E&PH Master's Student
Pacific Coast Surgical Association (PCSA)
Carlsbad, CA
February 2020

"Rheumatology Grand Rounds"
Speaker: Titilola Falasinnu, E&PH Postdoctoral Scholar
Division of Rheumatology,
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

"The Pathways to American Indian and Alaska Native Wellness Trial: Comparing Two Approaches to Diabetes Prevention for Urban American Indian/Alaska Native Adults"
Speaker: Lisa Goldman-Rosas (E&PH Faculty)
Panel for Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research,
Patience Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Washington D.C.

"Trash to Treasure: Collecting trash for profit to reduce vector breeding sites in Kwale County, Kenya"
Speaker: Amy Krystosik, former E&PH postdoc (LeBeaud Lab)
6th Annual Global Health Research Convening,
Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health

"The Science of Sleep"
Speaker: Eileen Leary, E&PH PhD Candidate and Senior Manager of Clinical Research, Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine
Geisinger Health

"The Association Between REM Sleep and Mortality"
Poster & Lightning Talk Presenter: Eileen Leary, E&PH PhD Candidate and Senior Manager of Clinical Research, Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine
Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Sleep Symposium

"The Association Between REM Sleep and Mortality" 
Oral and Poster Presenter: Eileen Leary, E&PH PhD Candidate and Senior Manager of Clinical Research, Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine
Bay Area Clinical Research Symposium
University of California, San Francisco

“Navigating NIH’s Pre- and Post-Doctoral Diversity Funding Mechanisms”
Workshop Organizer: Hoda Magid, E&PH Postdoctoral Fellow 
Co-developed and co-led (with Grant Writing Academy Director Dr. Crystal Botham) a workshop that included a presentation on NIH diversity funding for both F and K mechanisms, a panel with NIH program officer (Dr. Jane Scott (NHLBI)), and a panel with previous diversity funding recipients at Stanford. Attendants included over 45 graduate and postdoc trainees at Stanford. 
Stanford, CA
December 2019

"Dengue Phylogenetics in Kenya (2014-2017)"
Speaker: Melisa Shah, E&PH postdoc (LeBeaud Lab)
Arbovirus Interest Group Monthly Meeting

In the Media

Eleni Linos is interviewed by BMJ in this podcast on the subject of "Big Tan - Is the sunbed industry targeting research?" She discusses her recent research on this subject and its influence and impacts in the field.
Apple Podcasts
Spotify Podcast

In this news article, Dr. Linos discusses the indoor tanning industry in this news story and responds to the question, "Are industry studies biased?"
Medical News Today

Dr. Linos's indoor tanning research is explored in this Stanford Medicine News story, entitled "Industry-linked studies more favorable to indoor tanning, researchers say."
Stanford Medicine News

Julie Parsonnet is featured in this New York Times article about her recent research documenting how average human body temperature in the United States has decreased since the 1800s.
New York Times

Dr. Parsonnet
's body temperature research was also discussed at length in Forbes!

Dr. Parsonnet 
was also interviewed by Stanford Scope Blog writer Jack Lee about practicing medicine in Antarctica. 

Thomas (Tom) Robinson's (and colleagues') proposed "Human Screenome Project" was discussed in Stanford News Reports. 
Stanford News

Kristin Sainani is featured in this story about "research intelligence" and how to detect errors and fraud. 
Times Higher Education
In this episode of Stanford Engineering’s Future of Everything podcast, Russ Altman and vaccination expert  and E&PH faculty member, Bonnie Maldonado, provide a clear-eyed look at the future of vaccines.
Recent Publications (Dec-Feb 2020)
*Click here for a complete PubMed list of publications from E&PH Core Faculty. 

Recent E&PH masters graduate Manuel Blum, current PhD student Yuan Jin Tan, and John Ioannidis published this study in the International Journal of Epidemiology, aiming to empirically assess the current use of E-values in published literature. Use of E-values for addressing confounding in observational studies—an empirical assessment of the literature. 

Melissa Bondy and colleagues performed logistic regression, and adjusted for tumour mutational burden, to identify associations between POT1 mutation frequency and tumour type in 62,368 tumours undergoing next-generation sequencing for this study, which was recently published in the Journal of Medical GeneticsPOT1 Mutation Spectrum in Tumour Types Commonly Diagnosed Among POT1-associated Hereditary Cancer Syndrome Families.

Marc Cullen and colleagues examined the distribution and patterns of opioid prescribing in the United States for this Observational Study, which was recently published in BMJOpioid Prescribing Patterns Among Medical Providers in the United States, 2003-17: Retrospective, Observational Study. 

Marc Cullen and colleagues compared risk for postpartum depression across prior psychiatric diagnoses in a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. Past Psychiatric Conditions as Risk Factors for Postpartum Depression: A Nationwide Cohort Study.

Marc Cullen, Marcia Stefanick and colleagues examined how shifts in women's employment patterns during the WWII era influenced their disease and mortality risk in this Journal of Adolescent Health publication. Shifts in Women's Paid Employment Participation During the World War II Era and Later Life Health.

E&PH Adjunct Professor Christopher GardnerJulie Parsonnet and other Stanford colleagues released the results of their recent research in Scientific Reports, examining the hypothesis that structural differences in the gut microbiota explain a portion of variability in weight-loss. Gut Microbiota Plasticity Is Correlated With Sustained Weight Loss on a Low-Carb or Low-Fat Dietary Intervention. 

Lisa Goldman Rosas and colleagues explored the effect of adding strategies to address psychosocial barriers to a culturally tailored diabetes prevention program for urban indigenous people in this study, published in BMC Public Health. Comparing enhanced versus standard Diabetes Prevention Program among indigenous adults in an urban setting: a randomized controlled trial. 

Gregory Goldstein, E&PH PhD student, and colleagues set out to understand how factors that impact tissue oxygen extraction may guide red blood cell (RBC) transfusion decision making in preterm infants, and their findings were released in TransfusionInfluence of enteral feeding and anemia on tissue oxygen extraction after red blood cell transfusion in preterm infants.

In this study published in EClinicalMedicine, Victor Henderson and colleagues show that adoption of a low-fat eating pattern, representing dietary moderation, significantly reduced risk of possible cognitive impairment in postmenopausal women. Low-fat Dietary Pattern and Global Cognitive Function: Exploratory Analyses of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Randomized Dietary Modification Trial.

Victor Henderson and colleagues released the results of their research in Brain, illustrating the continuum of PM2.5 neurotoxicity that contributes to early decline of immediate free recall/new learning at the preclinical stage. Particulate Matter and Episodic Memory Decline Mediated by Early Neuroanatomic Biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease.

In a qualitative study recently published in BMC Public Health, Ann Hsing and WELL colleagues showed that health and well-being are complex and multifaceted constructs with interconnected domains and that well-being and health are influenced by structural, societal and cultural factors. Exploring health and well-being in Taiwan: what we can learn from individuals' narratives.

First-year E&PH masters student Julianna Hsing, PhD student Yan Min, and colleagues reported in Hepatology Communications that android fat ratio is related to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Associations Between Body Fat, Muscle Mass, and Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: A Population-Based Study.

Julianna Hsing also worked with colleagues to publish her undergraduate senior thesis paper in PNAS, showing marked difference in the influence of environment on the degree of diet-microbiome covariation in free-ranging African megafauna. Covariation of diet and gut microbiome in African megafauna.

John Ioannidis and colleagues examined how different analytical approaches can influence the associations estimated in observational studies, and released their assessment of the variability of effect estimates reported within and across observational studies evaluating the impact of alcohol on breast cancer in the International Journal of EpidemiologyVibration of effects in epidemiologic studies of alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk. 

John Ioannidis and colleagues present a consensus-based checklist to improve and document the transparency of research reports in social and behavioral research in this recent article, released in Nature Human Behavior. A consensus-based transparency checklist.

John Ioannidis and colleagues explore online randomized controlled experiments at scale in this study, which was published in TrialsOnline Randomized Controlled Experiments at Scale: Lessons and Extensions to Medicine.

John Ioannidis also worked with Kevin Boyack to co-author a paper for the Medical Journal of Australia, entitled Citation Metrics for Appraising Scientists: Misuse, Gaming and Proper Use. 

John Ioannidis and colleagues published a piece in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, entitled "Achieving Balance With Power: Lessons From the Balanced Anaesthesia Study."

In this study, published by the Journal for Psychosomatic Research, John Ioannidis and colleagues compared the odds of major depression classification across diagnostic interviews among studies that administered the Depression subscale of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS-D). Probability of Major Depression Diagnostic Classification Based on the SCID, CIDI and MINI Diagnostic Interviews Controlling for Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale - Depression Subscale Scores: An Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis of 73 Primary Studies.

In this study published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, John Ioannidis and colleagues valuate how estimated treatment effects agree between nonrandomized studies using causal modeling with marginal structural models (MSM-studies) and randomized trials (RCTs). Nonrandomized Studies Using Causal-Modeling May Give Different Answers Than RCTs: A Meta-Epidemiological Study.

John Ioannidis and colleagues released a study in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, entitled The Accuracy of the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 Algorithm for Screening to Detect Major Depression: An Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis.

In this study published by The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, John Ioannidis and colleagues aimed to generate an operational list of potential "Risk of generalizability biases (RGBs)" and to evaluate their impact in pairs of published pilot studies and larger, more well-powered trials on the topic of childhood obesity. Identification and Evaluation of Risk of Generalizability Biases in Pilot Versus Efficacy/Effectiveness Trials: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. 

Esther John and colleagues undertook the essential task of assessing the effects of tobacco smoking and alcohol consumption on the risk of breast cancer for BRCA1 and BRCA1 mutation carriers, and their results were recently released in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Alcohol Consumption, Cigarette Smoking, and Risk of Breast Cancer for BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutation Carriers: Results from The BRCA1 and BRCA2 Cohort Consortium.

Esther John and colleagues released the results of their research on the effect of risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO) on breast cancer risk for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers in Breast Cancer ResearchRisk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy, natural menopause and breast cancer risk: an international prospective cohort of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers.

Abby King wrote the Commentary forTranslational Behavioral Medicine's "Special Section: Diabetes," which was focused on "Solution-based science to prevent and control diabetes in underserved communities around the world." 

Abby King and colleagues published a study in Global Public Health, exploring how "Low-income community members can be empowered to gather meaningful data using mobile technology and work together to identify potential solutions for promoting PA-friendly environments." A citizen science approach to determine perceived barriers and promoters of physical activity in a low-income South African community

Abby King, Lisa Goldman Rosas and colleagues released an article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, describing a “bottom–up”, resident‐engaged method to advance local environmental and policy change, called Our Voice, that can complement policy‐level strategies for improving the health, function, and well‐being of older adults. Employing Participatory Citizen Science Methods to Promote Age‐Friendly Environments Worldwide.

Amy Kristosyk (former LeBeaud Lab postdoc), Desiree LeBeaud, and colleagues aimed to identify research gaps and outline potential solutions to interrupt the vicious cycle of solid wastes, disease vectors and reservoirs, infection and disease, and poverty in this Frontiers in Public Health publication. Solid Wastes Provide Breeding Sites, Burrows, and Food for Biological Disease Vectors and Urban Zoonotic Reservoirs: A Call to Action for Solutions-Based Research.

Allison Kurian and colleagues produced findings, recently published in JAMA, that respond to the following question, "Is the increasing use of germline genetic testing associated with the treatment of women diagnosed with breast cancer?" Association of germline genetic testing results with locoregional and systemic therapy in patients with breast cancer.

Allison Kurian and colleagues published in Cancer this Reply to Residual Confounding Threatens the Validity of Observational Studies on Breast Cancer Local Therapy. 

Allison Kurian and colleagues aimed to understand genetic testing use and decision making among patients with high genetic risk in this JCO Oncology Practice publication. Decision Making About Genetic Testing Among Women With a Personal and Family History of Breast Cancer.

Allison Kurian and colleagues released an Editorial in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, entitled "Emerging Opportunity of Cascade Genetic Testing for Population-Wide Cancer Prevention and Control."

Desiree LeBeaud and colleagues published this study in Viruses, summarizing the epidemiology and risk factors associated with the major human arboviral diseases and highlighting the gap in knowledge, research, and control in Sudan. Risks and challenges of arboviral diseases in Sudan: The urgent need for actions.

Desiree LeBeaud and colleagues released their findings in a Virology Journal study of Yellow fever (YF), an acute viral disease affecting humans and non-human primates (NHP), caused by the yellow fever virus (YFV). Recent sylvatic yellow fever virus transmission in Brazil: the news from an old disease.

Eleni Linos and colleagues released in BMJ the findings from their recent research, assessing whether an association exists between financial links to the indoor tanning industry and conclusions of indoor tanning literature. Association between financial links to indoor tanning industry and conclusions of published studies on indoor tanning: systematic review. 

Hoda Magid, E&PH Postdoctoral Scholar, collaborated with a group of prominent tobacco control researchers to publish a policy statement on the e-cigarette epidemic among adolescents in the U.S. in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the topic and content of which has been accepted for a professional workshop she will be co-presenting during the upcoming 2020 Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) meeting. Protecting Youth From the Risks of Electronic Cigarettes.

Bonnie (Yvonne) Maldonado co-authored a PLoS Medicine paper that received over 25,000 views in less than one month (the last author was a former Stanford MD PhD student, Nathan Lo, who did his PhD here in Epidemiology and is now an Internal Medicine resident at UCSF). The 2016 California policy to eliminate nonmedical vaccine exemptions and changes in vaccine coverage: An empirical policy analysis.

Bonnie Maldonado and colleagues released, in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, an Update From the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

Bonnie Maldonado and colleague co-authored a work, published in Pediatrics, entitled "Vaccination Policies and Disease Incidence Across the Pond: Implications for the United States."

Yan Min, an E&PH PhD candidate, Mike Baiocchi, and colleagues reported in Nature Communications that body fat distribution affects the composition of gut microbiome and this effect differs in men and women. Sex-specific association between gut microbiome and fat distribution. 

Lorene Nelson and colleagues have a paper in Neuroepidemiology, addressing the Feasibility of using a nationally representative telephone survey to monitor multiple sclerosis prevalence in the United States.

Lorene Nelson and colleagues published a paper in Movement Disorders, estimating Cervical dystonia incidence and diagnostic delay in a multiethnic population.

Michelle Odden and colleagues assessed the association between prediagnosis social support and postdiagnosis survival among older adults with heart failure in this study, recently published in the Annals of EpidemiologyThe association of prediagnosis social support with survival after heart failure in the Cardiovascular Health Study.

In this cross-sectional study recently published in Age and AgingMichelle Odden and colleagues examined the association of early life risk factors with frailty amongst older adults, using a large, nationally representative cohort of community-dwelling Chinese sample. Linking early life risk factors to frailty in old age: evidence from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study.

Michelle Odden and colleagues released findings of their recent research in Aging Mental Health, analyzing Daily linkages among high and low arousal affect and subjective cognitive complaints.

Michelle Odden and colleagues examined how perceiving discriminatory treatment may contribute to systemic inflammation, a risk factor of cardiovascular pathophysiology. American Journal of Preventive MedicinePerceived Discrimination and Trajectories of C-Reactive Protein: The Jackson Heart Study. 

Julie Parsonnet and Stanford colleagues postulated that body temperature has decreased over time, in this remarkable study published in Elife. Decreasing Human Body Temperature in the United States Since the Industrial Revolution.

Rita Popat and Stanford and Palo Alto colleagues developed this study, published in Pain Medicine, which suggests that age, comorbidities, and surgical type contribute to variability in multimodal analgesia (MMA) utilization. Practice Patterns in Perioperative Nonopioid Analgesic Administration by Anesthesiologists in a Veterans Affairs Hospital.

Tom Robinson, with collaborators Byron Reeves (Professor of Communications at Stanford) and Nilam Ram (Professor of Human Development and Psychology at Penn State University), published a call for a Human Screenome Project in NatureTime for the Human Screenome Project.

Tom Robinson and colleagues published a complementary Commentary, in response to their call for a Human Screenome Project (see the listing above), in The ConversationScreen time: conclusions about the effects of digital media are often incomplete, irrelevant or wrong.

Kristin Sainani authored a paper for PM&R: The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation, entitled How to Be a Statistical Detective.

Stelios Serghiou, E&PH PhD Student, compiled a quick pocket-guide to top 10 metrics (in chronological order of creation) as a reference and some recommendations for best practice, released in Medium. A summary of metrics of science on Medium so that scientists learn what we actually mean by things like impact factor and citation counts.

Stelios Serghiou also released A new package for R to download data from, which can now be accessed on GitHub.

Julia Simard and colleagues released the results of their recent research, examining the association between hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) and increased cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, in Arthritis Care & Research. Maternal hypertensive disorders in SLE pregnancy and future cardiovascular outcomes

Julia Simard and colleagues developed an evidence‐based guideline on contraception, assisted reproductive technologies (ART), fertility preservation with gonadotoxic therapy, use of menopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT), pregnancy assessment and management, and medication use in patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease (RMD), which was published in Arthritis & Rheumatology2020 American College of Rheumatology Guideline for the Management of Reproductive Health in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases.

In this American Journal of Perinatology publication, Julia Simard and colleagues studied whether Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) was associated with lower odds of preeclampsia and preterm delivery in Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) pregnancies. Does Hydroxychloroquine Protect Against Preeclampsia and Preterm Delivery in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Pregnancies?

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