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Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research

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Where Public Health and Medicine Meet

Welcome to the Welch Center, where our interdisciplinary faculty and trainees collaborate on groundbreaking epidemiologic, clinical, and translational research related to preventing and controlling chronic diseases. Everything we do is designed to strengthen the practice of medicine, improve the health of people and populations, and mentor the next generation of researchers to carry on this work.

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New & Noteworthy

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Meeting First Lady Dr. Jill Biden

Several of our faculty were invited to meet U.S. first lady Dr. Jill Biden and Kenyan first lady Rachel Ruto in our nation's capital! 

Drs. Jeanne Clark, Tanjala Purnell, and Maya Venkataramani attended and participated in a roundtable Biden Cancer Moonshot discussion at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg Center.

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New Welch Center Director!

Elizabeth Selvin, PhD, MPH, is the new Welch Center Director!

Dr. Selvin, a renowned professor of Epidemiology, brings with her a wealth of experience. Her commitment to mentoring and research excellence is exemplary.

She succeeds Dr. Larry Appel, who has led the Center for the past 14 years. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Selvin and thanking Dr. Appel for his leadership!

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Announcing New Track Director

The Welch Center is excited to share Tanjala Purnell, PhD, MPH, is the new director of the Cardiovascular and Clinical Epidemiology track! Please join us in congratulating Dr. Purnell as she steps into her new role.

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Historic Core Faculty Appointment

The Welch Center has appointed Dr. Yvonne Commodore-Mensah to Core Faculty! She is the first core faculty member with a primary appointment in the School of Nursing.

We are delighted at the opportunity to extend our reach beyond the original two schools (Medicine and Public Health) that founded the Welch Center in 1989.

Neil Powe & Cynthia Delgado

Past Director Makes TIME100 List

Dr. Neil Powe, former Welch Center director, is among TIME100's "most influential people in health in 2024!"

Dr. Powe is listed alongside celebrity names like Michael J. Fox and Olivia Munn. The feature cites how he and Dr. Cynthia Delgado are fighting transplant bias — detailing a task force they co-chaired reevaluating the formula used for kidney transplant eligibility. 

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Week in Welch Newsletter

Dive into the world of the Welch Center with our weekly newsletter! The Week in Welch is a one-stop shop where you can find excellent recaps of our biggest highlights, groundbreaking research, exciting funding opportunities, upcoming events, and more.

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Roadmap for Hypertension Research

Dr. Kuni Matsushita, in collaboration with many at the Welch Center, played a vital role in designing a newly developed product for the World Health Organization. The document acts as a template for how to conduct hypertension projects with the objective of developing research agendas.

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Elevating the Arts

Across Johns Hopkins University, art and arts programming abound. Dr. Lisa Cooper, Welch Center core faculty, will serve on a task force as part of a new initiative to boost the arts through a synergistic vision. The ultimate goal of the task force will be to enrich the institution and the broader community.

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The Glucose Management Indicator

Dr. Liz Selvin was interviewed for episode 20 of Diabetes Care “On Air." On the podcast, she discusses her Perspectives in Care piece “The Glucose Management Indicator: Time to Change Course?” This study is an editor-selected feature article in the June 2024 issue of Diabetes Care.

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