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PHHP names new department chair

Leading drug dependence and infectious disease epidemiologist William W. Latimer, Ph.D., M.P.H., has been named chair of the department of clinical and health psychology at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions.

Tracking dengue

In 2009 when test results on the ailing New York woman who had vacationed in Key West came back positive for the dengue virus, it was the first reported case in Florida since 1934. Dana Focks, Ph.D., a research professor in the department of environmental and global health who develops mathematical models for vector-borne disease, is examining the cause of the outbreak.

Words, concepts and learning in dementia

Jamie Reilly, Ph.D., is developing treatments that may help patients with progressive language impairments preserve language as the disease advances, helping patients to remember the name of a favorite place or loved one longer.

Restoring breathing function

Inhale... Exhale... Whether we’re awake or asleep, breathing is a function that rarely gets a second thought. But when there’s a break in the respiratory system’s circuit, say with a spinal cord injury, breathing may not be so natural.

UF names Linda Cottler founding chair of department of epidemiology

The University of Florida has appointed internationally recognized epidemiologist Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., the founding chair of UF’s department of epidemiology, a newly created department administered jointly by the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine.

PHHP News – In the air we breathe

New PHHP scientists are studying agents that cause respiratory illness. Read about their research on swine and avian influenza and inhaled nanoparticles.

Understanding tobacco use in young adults

There is a common misperception among young people that hookah smoking is cigarettes’ harmless cousin. That’s a troubling notion for public health researchers like Tracey Barnett, Ph.D.