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Dr. Mezuk was an invited speaker at a two-day workshop at McGill University in Montreal, Canada on "Depression and Pre-diabetes: A call to action." The conference was hosted by Dr. Norbert Schmitz and involved speakers from around the world, including (pictured left to right) Dr. Larry Cimino, Director of the Dialogue on Diabetes and Depression, Dr. Mika Kivimaki, Professor at University College London and Director of the Whitehall Study; Dr. Michael Kyrios, Professor at the Australian National University; Dr. Laura Rosella from University of Toronto School of Public Health; Dr. Paul Ciechanowski, Professor at University of Washington; Dr. Frans Pouwer, Professor at University of Tilberg in the Netherlands; and Dr. Lorian Taylor from Alberta Health Services. More information about the conference is available here.

Dr. Steven Cohen has received an Erickson Foundation Research Award in Positive Aging from the Aging and Public Health Section of the American Public Health Association.

The Erickson award is given in recognition of contributions to the understanding of positive aging, as exemplified by Dr. Cohen's paper Geographic variation in rural-urban obesity rates in older adults: Evidence from a national survey (co-authored with Lauren Kelley, MPH, CHES, Sarah Cook, MPH, Julia Foutz, MPH, and Trisha Sando, DPT, CWS).

Dr. Cohen has received four teaching awards this year from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine:

  • Outstanding Departmental Teacher Award in Health Sciences Education
    Division of Epidemiology, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Outstanding Teaching Award for Best Teacher, Population Health and Evidence-Based Medicine (Applied Medical Sciences A)
    Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Outstanding Teaching Award for Best Teacher, Population Health and Evidence-Based Medicine (Applied Medical Sciences B)
    Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Outstanding Teaching Award for Best Teacher, Population Health and Evidence-Based Medicine (Scientific Foundations of Medicine)
    Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Congratulations Dr. Cohen!

Congratulations to GREMAP member Julia Foutz, MPH on her new position as a Research Analyst with the DC office of the Kaiser Family Foundation!

The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. The foundation serves as a non-partisan source of facts, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health policy community and the public. As a research analyst Julia will contribute to the foundation mission to develop and conduct policy analysis, journalism and communications programs.

Julia and Bri

Endocrine Today has written an article about Dr. Jeannie Concha's paper Culture-centered approaches: the relevance of assessing emotional health for Latinos with type 2 diabetes. This paper examines whether medical doctors are asking Latinos with diabetes about emotional problems, an important comorbidity in diabetes care.

Dr. Mezuk has been awarded the Busse Research Award in Social & Behavioral Sciences by the Duke University Center on Aging.

This award, given in honor of Duke Aging Center founding director Edwald W. Busse, is awarded in recognition of significant contributions to research on aging.

Dr. Mezuk will receive the award and give a presentation on her work on September 25.

Dr. Briana Mezuk will be a keynote speaker at McGill University's Conference on Prediabetes and Mental Health.

This conference, which will be held November 12-13 in Montreal, Quebec, will bring together researchers, policy-makers, and other stake-holders to share knowledge on the role mental health may play in the transition from prediabetes to type II diabetes, and to identify future research priorities in this area.

In recognition of her record of excellence in research, teaching, and service, Dr. Briana Mezuk has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

Congratulations Dr. Mezuk!