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Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Seminar Series


Current Issues in Epidemiologic Research

June 12 - June 28, 2023
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Bloomberg School of Public Health

All presentations will be held via Zoom

2023 schedule TBA






Monday, June 13


Adventures in Epidemiology - You Don't Have to Choose Etiologic OR Applied Research

David Celentano, ScD
Charles Armstrong Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Celentano's research integrates behavioral science theory and research with epidemiology methods in the study of behavioral and social epidemiology.

June 13 Seminar Recording


Tuesday, June 14

Can Dementia Risk Be Modified? Evidence From Epidemiology


Rebecca Gottesman, MD, PhD
Senior Investigator and Stroke Branch Chief
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH

Dr. Gottesman studies modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia. Through large epidemiologic cohorts, such as the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study, she studies the association between vascular risk factors, especially in midlife, and cognitive decline and dementia.

June 14 Seminar Recording


Wednesday, June 15

In Praise of Epidemiology - and of 40 Years of the Hopkins Summer Institute


Albert Hofman, MD, PhD
Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health
and Clinical Epidemiology
Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Hofman is an internationally recognized scientific leader in the epidemiology of common neurologic and vascular diseases, in particular dementia and stroke.

June 15 Seminar Recording


Thursday, June 16

Ketamine and Esketamine: Pharmacoepidemiology and the Search for a Mission Control


Caleb Alexander, MD
Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Principal Investigator of the Johns Hopkins-FDA Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (JH-CERSI), Dr. Alexander is internationally recognized for his research examining prescription drug utilization, safety and effectiveness.



Friday, June 17

Long Covid: From Symptoms to Disability


Priya Duggal,  PhD
Shruti Mehta, PhD
Bryan Lau, PhD
Professors, Department of Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

June 17 Seminar Recording


Monday, June 20

Epidemiology and Urban Health Research in Our Unequeal and Complex Cities

Manuel Franco, PhD, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery and Medical Sciences
Division of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Universidad de Alcala de Henares, Spain

Dr. Franco´s work focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and its major risk factors. His methodological interest include the measurement of social and neighbourhood characteristics related to population health outcomes as well as psychosocial individual traits related to health outcomes.

June 20 Seminar Recording


Tuesday, June 21

Adaptable Trial and the Future of Pragmatic Trials


Daniel Ford, MD, MPH
David M Levine Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dr. Ford’s research has focused on understanding the relationships between depression and chronic medical conditions, particularly coronary artery disease, and how to improve care for patients with medical comorbidity

June 21 Seminar Recording


Wednesday, June 22


40th Anniversary Celebration
of the Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Panel Discussion:  The role of non-traditional educational programs in training public health professionals

Dr. Lawrence Appel, MD, MPH; Dr. Carlos Castillo, MD, JD, DrPH; Dr. Marie Diener- West, Ph; Dr. Jonathan Golub, PhD 



Thursday, June 23

Emulated Trials in Reproductive Epidemiology


Enrique Schisterman, PhD
Perelman Professor in Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics 
Chair, Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology& Informatics
Perelman School of Medicine, Univ of Pennsylvania

Dr. Schisterman’s research focuses on the methodological components of exposure assessment—particularly the use of biomarkers—and on the etiologic study of reproduction, including randomized trials of low-cost interventions to improve reproductive function.

June 23 Seminar Recording


Friday, June 24

A Practicing Clinician’s Perspective on Some Recent Trials in Cardiovascular Medicine


Steven Shea, MD, MS
Hamilton Southworth Professor of Medicine 
Columbia University

Dr. Shea’s research focus has been on cardiovascular disease epidemiology and particularly hypertension and blood pressure, most recently on the correlates of obesity, insulin resistance, the metabolic syndrome, and inflammatory factors.

June 24 Seminar Recording


Monday, June 27

What's Happening in Public Health? A year review of the contents of the American Journal of Public Health


Alfredo Morabia, PhD, MD
Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Public Health
Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

 Dr. Morabia has broad experience in the field of public health as an occupational physician, public health official and spokesperson, researcher and author of articles on contemporary epidemiology and a historian of the discipline and its applications. 

June 27 Seminar Recording


Tuesday, June 28

Why Hearing Loss is Important for Public Health


Jennifer Deal, PhD
Nicholas Reed, AuD
Assistant Professors
Department of Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Trained in the epidemiology of aging, Dr. Deal studies the effects of hearing loss on an aging brain and how hearing loss influences cognitive function to inform strategies for the primary prevention of cognitive decline and dementia in older adults.
Dr. Reed's research focuses on direct-to-consumer hearing care, understanding hearing aid use in the United States, the relationship between hearing loss and health care outcomes/interactions, and whether interventions targeting hearing loss can mitigate these associations.

June 28 Seminar Recording


Wednesday, June 29

Building the Perfect Pie: Comprehensive Services for Vulnerable Populations in India


Shruti Mehta, PhD
Professor and Deputy Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Mehta's research focuses on HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among people who inject drugs (PWID) in the US and in India with a particular interest and focus on identifying and overcoming barriers to access care and treatment for HIV and HCV.

June 29 Seminar Recording



What Happened to the Decline in Coronary Heart Disease Mortality?


Lewis Kuller, MD, DrPH
Professor, Department of Epidemiology
University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health

Dr. Kuller is nationally recognized for his contributions in the study of cardiovascular disease and the use of non-invasive techniques such as ultrasound, to detect early heart disease in people without symptoms.

June 30 Seminar Recording