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Dean’s Seminar Series opens with discussion on public health and mass incarceration

On Friday, Oct. 27, Robert Fullilove, associate dean for community and minority affairs and professor of clinical sociomedical sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, delivered the inaugural lecture in the Dean’s Seminar Series in Ritter Hall’s Walk Auditorium.

Posted:  October 27, 2017

Biobanking Study: Donor Families Would Trade Access for Confidentiality

The technology to acquire genome sequence data from biobanked tissue samples has outpaced the ability to protect large databases from security breaches, raising the issue of whether loss of confidentiality risk should be discussed with donor families during the consent process.

A new study coauthored by College of Public Health Dean Laura A. Siminoff and Associate Professor Heather Traino examines how well families who donate tissue to a biobank—or decide not to donate—understand the risks and implications of a potential confidentiality breach.

Posted:  April 13, 2017

Research Highlight Video: How Does Communication Affect Organ Donation Rates?

Heather Traino, associate professor of social and behavioral sciences, and Laura A. Siminoff, dean of the college and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Public Health, discuss their paper, “Regional Differences in Communication Process and Outcomes of Requests for Solid Organ Donation,” just published in American Journal of Transplantation. You can read the full paper here.

Posted:  March 18, 2017