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  1. Research Excellence Initiative (REI)

    —Emma Spencer’s Presentation
    Understanding HIV-1 Antiretroviral (ARV) drug resistance in Florida’s population is essential for the development of local and statewide treatment and prevention programs. Determining baseline drug resistance using nucleotide genotyping on treatment-naïve patients is recommended to ascertain appropriate therapies to use in the presence of ARV resistance. Research findings from this study will be presented.

    —Mwedusasa Mtenga’s Presentation
    Data captured through a health department administered health assessment were used to determine the health status of refugees upon arrival in Florida from 2013-15. Research findings from this assessment will be presented.

  2. The Ecology of Health

    This presentation focused on urban planning and public health, and the importance of the environment for supporting health.

  3. Biobehavioral Interventions for Smokers Living with HIV

    Description: Smoking rates among persons living with HIV are two to four times higher than the general population which can increase the risks of numerous diseases and threaten health gains achieved with antiretroviral treatment (ART). As a result, these individuals lose more life-years to smoking than to HIV, with mortality tripling compared to the general population. This presentation will explore biobehavioral interventions that can be delivered to persons living with HIV with the purpose of reducing smoking and other tobacco use.


    As rates of Alzheimer’s continue to climb the necessity of developing a cure becomes ever more urgent. In his presentation Dr. Smith will discuss his work; the examination of MRIs, cognitive, mood, and functional ability outcomes in participating in physical versus cognitive activity compared to an education group.

  5. Guns, Schools, and Mental Health

    The relationship between school safety, access to guns, and mental health has been in the forefront of many American minds. As recent school shootings have demonstrated we are far from understanding and properly managing this crisis. As an expert clinical and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hall will discuss the multidimensional pathology of mental health and school violence.

  6. Cancer Control and Prevention in Florida Firefighters

    April 10, 2018 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM ET
    Presented by Alberto Caban-Martinez, DO, PhD, MPH, CPH and Natasha Schaefer Solle, PhD, RN
    Assistant Professors at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

    Firefighters are exposed to serious chemical and physical hazards in their careers, significantly more when compared to other occupations in the modern workforce. First responders on the scene of a fire and within the fire station are exposed to many chemical hazards that can lead to elevated cancer risk in addition to other chronic health effects such as heart disease and respiratory disease. Through the support of a state of Florida appropriation, the Firefighter Cancer Initiative (FCI) was launched in 2015 to study firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens, their risks for developing cancer, and methods of education for prevention, screening, and early detection. Since then, researchers have been working closely with fire departments on various projects to learn more about these critical issues and to identify improved safety measures to reduce risk. The research team includes faculty and staff from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, School of Communication, and the School of Education and Human Development.

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