CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: Jan. 24, 2001
UI College of Public Health faculty members receive new investigator research
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three members of the University of Iowa College of
Public Health faculty have been awarded College of Public Health-College of
Medicine New Investigator Research Awards. The awards, being presented for
the first time in 2001, are intended to assist newly appointed primary or
joint faculty in the College of Public Health or College of Medicine to advance
their research activities. Each recipient will receive up to $10,000 of funding
for independent research projects.
The recipients are: Rachel L. Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor of
health management and policy; Shannon P. Márquez, Ph.D., assistant
professor of occupational and environmental health; and Kai Wang, Ph.D., assistant
professor of biostatistics.
"These pilot grant awards recognize the tremendous promise and potential
of young investigators working in the College of Public Health," said James
A. Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the UI College of Public Health. "The
work conducted in these projects will expand the scientific basis for the
practice of public health and advance the very promising careers of these
awardees, as well."
The award recipients were chosen on the basis of their proposed research
projects' scientific merit, relevance to the UI College of Public Health mission,
strategic plan and goals, and probability of attracting subsequent extramural
Following are descriptions of each of the winning research proposals:
Rachel L. Anderson -- "Adolescent Mental Health and Substance Abuse"
A growing number of adolescents in the child welfare system suffer serious
emotional difficulties and substance abuse problems. In order to design appropriate
assessment and preventive and integrated treatment services, it is critical
to understand the needs of this population. This research project will examine
the needs and resources for adolescents with serious emotional disturbance
and substance abuse problems, focusing on adolescents and families served
by the Iowa Department of Child Welfare.
Shannon P. Márquez -- "Identifying Environmental Health Disparities
in Iowa Communities Using Community-Based Participatory Research and GIS Methods"
Evidence suggests that certain communities, especially those with low-income
and minority populations, are burdened with a disproportionate share of hazardous
environmental exposures with serious health consequences, yet have little
access to quality health care. This research project will select a study community
in Iowa through the use of demographic and geographic data, identify potential
environmental health disparities in the selected community, and determine
if it is feasible to address environmental justice issues using community-based
participatory research methods.
Kai Wang -- "Linkage Analysis Under Linkage Disequilibrium and Disease
Genetics offers the promise of better understanding and improved treatment
for many human diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease, autism and asthma.
This project aims to expand the ability to find and understand genes for such
diseases by developing a statistical method for handling two sets of complex