See below for information on seminars from the 2013-2014 academic year, including links to video of the seminars and readings.


Topics & Speakers

September 16, 2013
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
8th Floor Auditorium

Strengthening Chronic Disease Synergies

Lee Goldman, MD, MPH
Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences, Columbia University

Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH
Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine


Fried LP, Hogam P, Rowe J. Design and operation of health systems in wealthy industrial countries. Chapter 12. Beard JR, Biggs S, Bloom DE, Fried LP, Hogan P, Kalache A, Olshansky SJ, eds. Global Population Ageing: Peril or Promise. World Economic Forum, Geneva, 2011.

Goldman L et al. Projected Effect of Dietary Salt Reductions on Future Cardiovascular Disease. N Engl J Med, Feb 18, 2010.

Goldman L et al. Adolescent Overweight and Future Adult Coronary Heart Disease. N Engl J Med, Dec 6, 2007.

Rowe JW, Fried LP. Beyond Medicare Reform: Strategies to Enhance Health and Well-Being in Older Persons. Public Policy & Aging Report, In Press, 2013.

Wang Y et al. A Penny-Per-Ounce Tax On Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Would Cut Health And Cost Burdens Of Diabetes. Health Aff, Jan 2012.


October 3, 2013
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Hess Commons

Cost, Benefits, and Reducing the Chronic Disease Burden: Real-World Considerations Beyond the Short Run

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Mark McClellan, MD, PhD
Senior Fellow and Director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative
The Brookings Institution

Sherry Glied, PhD
Dean, Wagner School of Public Service at NYU


Muennig P, Glied S. What Changes In Survival Rates Tell Us About US Health Care. Health Aff, Sept 2013.

Barbash G, Glied S. New Technology and Health Care Costs — The Case of Robot-Assisted Surgery. N Engl J Med, Aug 19, 2010.


November 7, 2013
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
8th Floor Auditorium

Global Public Health Perspectives in Chronic Disease: Innovative Applications and Research

Ilona Kickbusch, PhD
Director, Global Health Programme
The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH
University Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, and Director of ICAP


Kickbusch I. Addressing the interface of the political and commercial determinants of health. Health Promot Int, 2012.

Kickbusch, I. In search of the public health paradigm for the 21st century: the political dimensions of public health. Política de saúde, 2009.

Palen J, et al. PEPFAR, Health System Strengthening, and Promoting Sustainability and Country Ownership. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr, Aug 15, 2012.

Rabkina M, Krukb ME, El-Sadr WM. HIV, aging and continuity care: strengthening health systems to support services for noncommunicable diseases in low-income countries, AIDS, 2012.

Rabkina M, et al,  Strengthening Health Systems for Chronic Care: Leveraging HIV Programs to Support Diabetes Services in Ethiopia and Swaziland. J Trop Med, 2012.


January 30, 2014
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
8th Floor Auditorium

The Dementias: New Biology, Public Health Applications

Dennis J. Selkoe, MD
Vincent and Stella Coates Professor of Neurologic Diseases
Harvard Medical School
Co-Director of the Center for Neurologic Diseases
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Richard Mayeux, MD
Chair of Neurology
Director of the Sergievsky Center
Co-Director of the Taub Institute for Research of Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain Gertrude H. Sergievsky Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Epidemiology
Columbia University Medical Center


Li S, Selkoe D, et al, "Environmental Novelty Activates β2-Adrenergic Signaling to Prevent the Impairment of Hippocampal LTP by Aβ Oligomers," Neuron, March 6, 2013.

Reitz C, Mayeux R, et al, "Epidemiology of Alzheimer Disease," Nat Rev Neurol, March, 2011.

Reitz C, Mayeux R, et al, "Variants in the ATP-binding cassette transporter (ABCA7), apolipoprotein E ϵ4,and the risk of late-onset Alzheimer disease in African Americans," JAMA, April 10, 2013.

Shankar GM, Selkoe D, et al, "Amyloid-bold beta protein dimers isolated directly from Alzheimer's brains impair synaptic plasticity and memory," Nature Medicine, July 15, 2008.


February 25, 2014
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
8th Floor Auditorium

The Long and the Short of It: Telomeres, Aging and Chronic Disease

Abraham Aviv, MD
Director the Center of Human Development and Aging
Professor of Pediatrics
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Pam Factor-Litvak, PhD
Associate Professor of Epidemiology


Aviv A, Susser E, "Leukocyte Telomere Length and the Father’s Age Enigma: Implications for Population Health and for Life Course," Int J Epidemiol, Feb 4, 2013.

Aviv A, "Genetics of leukocyte telomere length and its role in atherosclerosis," Mutat Res-Fund Mol M, Feb 2012.


March 12, 2014
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
8th Floor Auditorium

Is Heart Disease Contagious?: Issues in Communicability and Chronic Disease

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James H. Fowler, PhD
Professor of Medical Genetics and Political Science
University of California, San Diego

Andrew Rundle, DrPH
Co-Director of the Obesity Prevention Initiative
Associate Professor of Epidemiology


April 3, 2014
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
8th Floor Auditorium

Why Isn't Everyone Sick?: Vulnerability and Resilience in Chronic Disease

Steven W. Cole, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Sciences
UCLA School of Medicine

Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH
Chair of the Department of Epidemiology
Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor of Epidemiology


Cole SW, "Social Regulation of Human Gene Expression: Mechanisms and Implications for Public Health," Am J Public Health, Oct 2013.

Fredrickson BL, Cole SW, et al, "A functional genomic perspective on human well-being," PNAS, July 2013.

Galea S, et al, "A model of underlying socioeconomic vulnerability in human populations: evidence from variability in population health and implications for public health," Sco Sci Med, June 2005.

Norris FH, S Galea, et al,"Looking for resilience: Understanding the longitudinal trajectories of responses to stress," Soc Sci Med, June 2009.

Powell ND, Cole SW, et al, "Social stress up-regulates inflammatory gene expression in the leukocyte transcriptome via β-adrenergic induction of myelopoiesis," PNAS, Aug 2013.

Toyokawa S, Galea S, et al, "How does the social environment ‘get into the mind’? Epigenetics at the intersection of social and psychiatric epidemiology," Soc Sci Med, Jan 2012.


May 14, 2014
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
8th Floor Auditorium

Infection and Cancer

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Martin J. Blaser, MD
Muriel G. and George W. Singer Professor of Translational Medicine
Director of the Human Microbiome Program
NYU Langone Medical Center

W. Ian Lipkin, MD
Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity
John Snow Professor of Epidemiology


Blaser MJ, Falkow S, "What are the consequences of the disappearing human microbiota?" Nat Rev Microbiol, Dec 2009.

Cho I, Blaser MJ, et al, "Antibiotics in early life alter the murine colonic microbiome and adiposity," Nature, Aug 30, 2012.

Plottel C, Blaser M, "Microbiome and Malignancy," Cell Host Microbe, Oct 20, 2011.


June 10, 2014
12:30 am - 2:00 pm
Hess Commons

The Microbiome & Chronic Disease

David A. Relman, MD
Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor, Departments of Medicine and of Microbiology and Immunology
Stanford School of Medicine

Ryan T. Demmer, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology


Costello E, Relman D, et al, "The Application of Ecological Theory Toward an Understanding of the Human Microbiome," Science, June 6, 2012.

Demmer RT, et al, "The Influence of Anti-Infective Periodontal Treatment on C-Reactive Protein: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials," PLOSone,  Oct 14, 2013.

Demmer RT, et al, "Periodontal infection, systemic inflammation, and insulin resistance: results from the continuous National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1999-2004," Diabetes Care, July 26, 2012.

Dethlefsen L, McFall-Ngai M, Relman D, "An ecological and evolutionary perspective on human–microbe mutualism and disease," Nature, Oct 18, 2007.