• People who trust television and Facebook to provide them with accurate news about the coronavirus pandemic are less knowledgeable about COVID-19, according to a new study, which assessed people’s knowledge of the virus in the earliest stages of the pandemic. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Current Medical Research & Opinion, surveyed 5,948 adults in Pennsylvania between March 25
  • For victims of sexual assault, high-quality health care provided by sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) is associated with improved health and prosecutorial outcomes. However, very little is known about access to SANEs. Sheridan Miyamoto, assistant professor and SAFE-T Center principal investigator, and Elizabeth Thiede, nursing doctoral student and 2021 ENRS Student Conference Scholarship
  • Social distancing and lockdowns may have reduced the spread of COVID-19, but researchers from Penn State College of Medicine also report those actions may have affected clinical researchers’ ability to finish trials. Study completion rates dropped worldwide between 13% and 23%, depending on the type of research sponsor and geographic location, between April and October 2020. Researchers previously
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    Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute presents “Enhanced Models of Translating Research to Policymakers" at its next Translational Science Seminar Series webinar from noon to 1 p.m. on April 15. In this seminar, Taylor Scott will address how a comprehensive science translation strategy includes researcher interactions in addition to effective science communication and
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    Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute will present "How Functional Data Analysis Contributes to Biomedical Research: The Genetics of Childhood Obesity, and the Unfolding of COVID-19 in Italy" at its next Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series from 4 to 5 p.m. on April 13. The Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series features statisticians and methodologists from
  • Stress, increased free time and feelings of boredom may have contributed to an increase in the number of cigarettes smoked per day during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic by nearly a third of surveyed Pennsylvania smokers. Penn State College of Medicine researchers said understanding risk factors and developing new strategies for smoking cessation and harm reduction may help public health
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    Penn State Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) hosts its virtual Smart Health Research Colloquium from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on April 7. Registration is required here. Pratik J. Parikh, professor and chair of industrial engineering at University of Louisville, will present “Trauma Care: Approaches for Provision of Prompt and Definitive Care.” Starting with the typical process of how
  • Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute released the latest episode of its Engage Podcast discussing research into sexually transmitted infection testing in young people. Winnie Adebayo, Ph.D., an assistant professor of nursing at Penn State College of Nursing, discusses her work into how to encourage young people to take the initiative to be tested for sexually transmitted
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    Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute will present "Opportunities and Limitations in Microbiome Association Analysis" at its next Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series from 4 to 5 p.m. on March 30. The Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series features statisticians and methodologists from multiple Penn State departments. Xiang Zhan, associate professor of
  • Researchers like Susan Mohammed study the formation and functioning of teams, a field called team science. Team science is essential because understanding team dynamics strengthens team member unity. The application of team science tools and techniques builds strong team foundations for success. Mohammed, a professor of psychology, provides team science consultations to Penn State research teams
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    In this seminar, Jessica Myrick, Ph.D., associate professor of film-video and media studies, will address how the language and images used to describe COVID-19 in the media can shape emotional and cognitive responses to the condition as well as subsequent policy support. This talk will draw on interdisciplinary approaches spanning health behavior, media studies, political science and social
  • Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute released the latest episode of its Engage Podcast featuring research into the use of saliva to diagnose medical conditions. Dr. Steve Hicks, an associate professor of pediatrics at Penn State College of Medicine, discusses his work into the use of saliva to diagnose concussion, autism, and COVID-19 severity in children. These tests provide an
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    Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute will present "Graphical Models: New Methods, Algorithms, and Applications" at its next Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series from 4 to 5 p.m. on March 16. The Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series features statisticians and methodologists from multiple Penn State departments. Lingzhou Xue, associate professor of
  • Where can a leader turn when their teams are not functioning as well as they should? How can a team be built for success? How can teams develop unity when they’re built with diversity in mind? How do scientists from different disciplines get on the same page when their vocabularies may sound the same but have different meanings? A new resource from Penn State Clinical and Translational Science
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    Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute presents "COVID-19 Research from a Policy Influence Perspective" at its next Translational Science Seminar Series webinar from noon to 1 p.m. on Feb. 18. This seminar is the first in a three-part series focused on health policy. In this seminar, Robert Lennon, M.D., associate professor of family and community medicine, will present his team's
  • Residents of Pennsylvania rural communities often face different health challenges than those who live in cities. Rural county physicians like Dr. George Garrow see the challenges first-hand. Garrow is the chief medical officer of The Primary Health Network, a federally qualified health center based in Mercer County. Federally qualified health centers are part of a program of the Health Resources
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    Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute will present "Rural Pennsylvania: How Geography Impacts Health Status" at its next Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series from 4 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 16. The Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series features statisticians and methodologists from multiple Penn State departments. Jonathan Johnson, senior policy analyst at the
  • Each TL1 Clinical Research Training Awards program uniquely approaches the same objective: To develop the skills and knowledge in pre- and post-doctoral trainees to engage in clinical and translational research. As part of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences' (NCATS) Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, Penn State is one of more than 60 organizations
  • Just as different doses of drugs have variable effects on people, so too does exercise. Kathleen Sturgeon, Ph.D., assistant professor of public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicine, is researching to see what amounts of exercise can increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy and is trying to understand how exercise alters the immune system. Sturgeon is completing her involvement in
  • Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute released the latest episode of its Engage Podcast featuring Dr. George Garrow, chief medical officer of Sharon-based The Primary Health Network. Garrow is a community member of the institute and works closely with its leadership to provide valuable insight into the institute’s mission within the university and to inform of the needs of
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    Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute presents “Informed Consent: Beyond Compliance" at its next Translational Science Seminar Series webinar from noon to 1 p.m. on Jan. 28. In this seminar, Jen McCormick, Ph.D., the institute’s ethics expert, will delve into the reasons for informed consent in human subjects research and share ethical insights into the importance of keeping
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    Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute will present "Data4Action: The Centre County COVID-19 Cohort Study" at its next Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series from 4 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 26. The Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series features statisticians and methodologists from multiple Penn State departments. Matthew Ferrari, associate professor of biology
  • Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute released the latest episode of its Engage Podcast featuring Kathleen Sturgeon, Ph.D., assistant professor of public health sciences, discussing her research into the use of exercise in cancer treatment. Sturgeon is a scholar in the institute’s Early-Stage Investigator Training Program (KL2). This program invests in early-stage faculty
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  • How research is conducted is an important topic. Scientists must balance several principles when conducting research with humans. According to the National Institutes of Health, these principles include scientific validity, independent review of the research, and making sure that participants are properly informed before participating. Answers to the scientist's research question should contribute
  • Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute released the latest episode of its Engage podcast, featuring Jen McCormick, associate professor of humanities, discussing research ethics. How research is conducted is an important topic. Scientists must balance several principles when conducting research with humans. Answers to the scientist’s research question should contribute to the
  • Two Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute programs are educating the next generation of translational scientists. Four medical students and four graduate students participated in this past summer's Translational Science Fellowship program, and four graduate students recently started the year-long Translational Research Training Program (TL1). The two programs expose students to
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    Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute presents "Collaboration Across Disciplines" at its next Translational Science Seminar Series webinar from noon to 1 p.m. on Dec. 15. Jessica Ericson, M.D., and Winnie Adebayo, Ph.D., will present the webinar. Both are part of a research project evaluating the public’s knowledge and acceptance of health messaging related to COVID-19, such as
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    Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute announces its Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Research Methods Seminar Series schedule for the fall 2020 semester. The Research Methods Seminar Series features fundamental subjects in the fall and advanced topics in the spring semester. Statisticians and methodologists from multiple Penn State departments present these