2018 Annual Meeting

Applying Epidemiology Across the Lifespan to Improve Health Care,
Inform Health Policy and Enhance Population Health




Speed Networking

Location: University of Cincinnati, Medical Sciences Building (MSB) - Click here for location map.

Sponsored by the Career Mentoring and Associate Member Committees

Open to ACE Members and Associate Members

ACE Members and Associate Members will rotate around the tables, spending about 5 minutes with each Fellow. Topics of conversation may include (but not limited to): continuing education requirements, epidemiology skill building, grant writing, publication development, and successful career tips. The goal of this event is to help attendees make personal connections and enhance their Annual Meeting experience. This event is co-sponsored by the ACE Associate Membership and Career Mentoring Committees.

Please bring business cards to share.

Speed Networking Fellows

Pauline Mendola, PhD, is a Senior Investigator in the Epidemiology Branch, Division of Intramural Population Health Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She earned a PhD in Epidemiology and Community Health from the University at Buffalo. Her research focuses on environmental factors that impact reproductive health, particularly pregnancy outcomes. Her current work addresses immune function during pregnancy and environmental factors that can be used to predict whether maternal asthma symptoms will worsen or improve during pregnancy. She is the current ACE President. 

Maurizio Macaluso, MD, DrPH, FACE, is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine, Director of the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Associate Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training of UC.  He has over 35 years of research experience in methods; cancer; occupational health and safety; reproductive health; infectious diseases; surveillance systems; and has authored over 200 publications.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and serves on the Board of Directors of ACE and as Associate Editor of the Annals of Epidemiology. He is the Program Chair and Local Host of the 2018 meeting. 

Russell S. Kirby, PhD, MS, FACE, is the Distinguished University Professor and Marrell Endowed Chair, Department of Community and Family Health, University of South Florida since 2008.  He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles in maternal and child health. His research interests focus on: 1) public health implications of health policies and programs, with special reference to perinatal and maternal/child health; 2) population health informatics; and 3) is a research collaborator, in genetics, birth defects and developmental disabilities, clinical research, study design and analysis, resulting in numerous projects, grants, abstracts, and peer-reviewed articles.  He is the President Elect of the ACE and the recipient of numerous awards in public health. 

Patrick Sullivan, DVM, PhD, is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Epidemiology at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and Co-Director of the Prevention Sciences Core at Emory’s Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).  Patrick has worked in HIV prevention at CDC, in the NIH- supported HIV Vaccine Trials Network, and at Emory University.  Dr. Sullivan’s research focuses on HIV among men who have sex with men, including behavioral research, interventions, and surveillance.  

Claudia A. Kozinetz, PhD, MPH, is Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, College of Public Health, East Tennessee State University.  Prior to this current position she was Professor and Head, Epidemiology, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE) and served as a member of the ACE Board from 2014 to 2017.  Her research has addressed the environment of the mother-infant dyad, epidemiology of Rett Syndrome, CVD risk factors during childhood, community-based influenza prevention and adolescent and young adult reproductive health.

Michele R. Forman, PhD, FACE, is the Distinguished Professor and Head, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University.  Her career focuses on nutritional epidemiology across the globe with an emphasis on early life exposures and risk for intermediate markers of and/or chronic disease.  She develops new techniques for assessment of nutrition in growth and health across the life course.  As her research foci have shifted from low birth-weight to chronic disease, the stillpoint of the compass has remained fixed; she examines the developmental origins of disease. She has served as a member of the ACE Board since 2015 and is the Pfizer Healthcare Awardee of the ASN, and is on national and international advisory boards. 

Harold Feldman, MD, MSCE, is the Chair of the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics (DBEI), the George S. Pepper Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and Hypertension Division), and the Director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB).    He leads NIH’s Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study (CRIC), the major national research effort making fundamental insights into the epidemiology, management, and outcomes of chronic kidney disease. Under his leadership, the CRIC Study has discovered numerous findings with great promise to advance the development of novel therapies to reduce morbidity in this population worldwide. He is Past-President of the ACE and is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

James (Jim) Gurney, PhD, Dean and Hardin Endowed Professor in Public Health, the University of Memphis. Before his appointment as Dean, he served in the School of Public Health, as Director of Research, and Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs. He has experience conducting multidisciplinary research on clinical health outcomes among children with chronic conditions. His work has focused on long-term adverse biomedical and psychosocial effects of cancer treatment among childhood cancer survivors. He has research experience in pediatric epidemiology and health outcomes related to sickle cell disease, complex congenital heart disease, and autism. He is a Fellow of the ACE, and a core member of the Data Safety Monitoring Board for the NeuroNext national clinical trial consortium of the NINDS at NIH.

Rohit Ojha, DrPH, MPH, is the Director, JPS Health Network Center for Outcomes Research (COR) and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at UNT Health Science Center. His research focuses on outcomes research, which capitalizes on health data such as disease registries and administrative databases to address questions about access, effectiveness, patient preferences, and quality of care. This research helps patients, healthcare providers, healthcare organizations, and policymakers make evidence-based decisions. The goals are to optimize decision-making for disease screening and interventions, identify new interventions to improve outcomes, and reduce health inequalities for cancer and hepatitis C virus infection.

Lorna Thorpe, PhD, FACE, is professor and director of the Division of Epidemiology at the NYU School of Medicine in the Department of Population Health. Her research focuses on the intersection between epidemiology and policy in chronic disease prevention and management and on improving modern forms of population health surveillance.  She leads several NIH and CDC-funded research initiatives to evaluate the health impacts of a smoke-free housing rule being implemented in public housing authorities, a CDC-funded national study to examine community determinants of diabetes and obesity, and a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center to evaluate community-clinical linkage interventions to improve chronic disease management in low-income populations. She chairs the Policy Committee of the ACE, has served on Institute of Medicine committees, and has been an advisor to the CDC on population health surveillance.

Carol J. Burns, MPH, PhD, is president of Burns Epidemiology Consulting and an adjunct professor of epidemiology at the Central Michigan University College of Medicine, having previously worked in occupational and environmental epidemiology at The Dow Chemical Company.  Her primary areas of focus are assessing exposure in epidemiology studies and improving the use of epidemiology for use in risk assessment.

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