Epidemiology Department Upcoming Guest Lectures
Determinants and Health Consequences of Gestational Diabetes - A Life Course Perspective
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 7th, 1:00pm, RG 6040
Speaker: Cuilin Zhang, MD, PhD, MPH
Senior Investigator, Division of Intramural Population Health Research NICHD/NIH
Dr. Cuilin Zhang earned a medical degree from Beijing Medical University, and both her MPH and PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington. She received postdoctoral training in genetic and nutritional epidemiology at Harvard University and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in high-impact clinical journals. Dr. Zhang is currently a tenured senior investigator in the Division of Intramural Population Health Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Consisting of both genetic and non-genetic biological markers and potentially modifiable exogenous factors, Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on the determinants and health consequences of cardio-metabolic disorders based on a life course approach. She also has long-standing research experience in fetal origins of chronic diseases, life course epidemiology, and modifications of diet and lifestyle to improve reproductive outcomes and child health.
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): A Risk Factor for Obesity? Findings and Debates.
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 14th, 1:00pm, RG 6040
Ka He, MD, ScD, MPH; Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Chair and Professor; School of Public Health, IU Bloomington
Dr. He is a nutrition epidemiologist. He received his ScD in Nutritional Epidemiology from Harvard University, MPH from Tufts University and medical degree from Soochow University. Dr. He was an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University, and a tenured Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. He is an elected fellow of American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Epidemiology (ACE), and American College of Nutrition (ACN). His primary research interests lie in nutritional epidemiology, specifically, diet and nutrients in relation to chronic diseases. Dr. He is the Principal Investigator of a few NIH-supported projects, including a study on protein, amino acids and obesity.
The Changing Landscape of Parkinson's Disease Epidemiology
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 21st, 1:00pm, RG 6040
Speaker: Dr. Honglei Chen, MD, PhD; Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Professor; College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University
Dr. Chen earned his M.D. from TianJin Medical University in TianJin, China, and Master's degree from the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine in Beijing, China. In 2001, he earned his Ph.D. in Nutritional Epidemiology from Tufts University in Boston, MA and then worked as a Research Fellow and Instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2005-2016, Dr. Chen worked at the Epidemiology Branch of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and received his Tenured Senior Investigator appointment from NIH in 2013. He serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Epidemiology and has about 150 original publications. His research focuses on neurodegenerative diseases, especially Parkinson's disease. He works on several large prospective cohorts to ascertain the environmental and genetic causes of Parkinson's disease and to characterize high-risk populations through research on prodromal symptoms and biomarkers. The ultimate goal is disease prevention and more effective clinical management.