Assistant Professor Wins Kenneth Rothman Epidemiology Prize

Esra Kürüm is an assistant professor in the Department of Statistics.

The editors and editorial board of the journal Epidemiology have awarded this year’s Rothman Epidemiology Prize to Esra Kürüm, an assistant professor in the Department of Statistics.

The $5,000 award is funded by a private endowment and is given annually for the best paper published in the journal in the preceding year. The selection criteria are importance, originality, clarity of thought, and excellence in writing, according to Epidemiology.

Kürüm’s winning paper, titled “Bayesian Model Averaging with Change Points to Assess the Impact of Vaccination and Public Health Interventions,” appeared in the November 2017 issue. The paper combined Bayesian model averaging with change-point models to estimate vaccine-associated changes in hospitalizations related to pneumococcal infection in children. Two years after vaccine introduction, the methods detected reductions in all-cause pneumonia hospitalizations for the youngest children in the United States, Brazil, and Chile, while avoiding biases that frequently affect other approaches to time-trend analyses.

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SOM Assistant Professor Receives Distinction for Scholarship on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Nicholas DiPatrizio is an assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the UCR School of Medicine.

A research paper co-authored by Nicholas DiPatrizio, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the UCR School of Medicine, has been selected by the American Physiological Society, or APS, as an “APSselect” for distinction in scholarship. Donovan Argueta, a bioengineering graduate student who works in DiPatrizio’s lab, is also a co-author, along with researchers from UC Davis.

The paper, “Plasma fatty acid ethanolamides are associated with postprandial triglerides, ApoCIII and APOE in humans consuming high fructose corn syrup-sweetened beverage,” appeared in the April 2018 issue of the American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism, an APS journal.

“Our study is the first in humans to demonstrate an association between the endocannabinoid system and increased cardiovascular disease risk factors in response to high-fructose corn syrup consumption,” said DiPatrizio, an expert on cannabis, the digestive system, food addiction, and obesity, as well as compulsive behaviors in general.

The endocannabinoid system is a biological system comprised of neurotransmitters, receptors, and proteins that acts on the body’s immune system, nervous system, and organs to help maintain homeostasis.

Donovan Argueta, a bioengineering graduate student who works in DiPatrizio’s lab, is also a co-author, along with researchers from UC Davis.

High consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is a leading contributing factor to the obesity epidemic, Type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Consumption of fructose-containing beverages is associated with increases in body weight and cardiovascular disease lipid markers, and decreases in insulin sensitivity.

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Neuroscientist Receives Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in Neuroscience

Hongdian Yang is UCR’s first recipient of the Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in Neuroscience. Photo credit: I. Pittalwala, UC Riverside.

Hongdian Yang, whose research focuses on neural circuit mechanisms underlying sensory perception, has received a Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in Neuroscience, a joint project of The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation. Aimed at advancing cutting-edge investigations, the awards are presented to highly promising, early career neuroscientists.

This year, only 13 researchers were awarded the fellowship. Yang, an assistant professor of molecular, cell, and systems biology, is the first researcher at the University of California, Riverside, to receive the prestigious fellowship.

The award totals $225,000 for three years and begins July 1.

Read the full article here.

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