Earlier this month the College of Public Health lost Erin Wilson, an undergraduate senior in the School of Social Work. Erin was leaving her internship at the Episcopal Campus of Temple University Hospital when she was struck and killed by a car as she crossed Lehigh Avenue. Erin’s classmates, professors and family describe her as energetic, caring, and determined to improve her community. We are all heartbroken.
News from the Dean
Laura A. Siminoff, Dean of the College of Public Health and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Public Health, holds a grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the burdens taken on by individuals who care for family members with late-stage cancers. Here, she discusses how those burdens—psychological, physical and financial—can impact quality of life for patient, caregiver and family.
The issue of obtaining informed consent is tricky—especially when you are asking a relative of a deceased patient for their loved one's organs. But, what if you are asking them to donate something most people have never heard of?
How relatives are asked for consent for tissue donation for biobanking, and what they remember, is the focus of research by Dean Laura Siminoff and a team of researchers as part of the Genotype-Tissue Expression project (GTEx), an NIH-funded project. The goal of GTEx is to collect tissue samples from 900 donors—all of whom are recently deceased.
Temple University President Neil D. Theobald has announced the appointment of Laura Siminoff as the dean of Temple's College of Public Health, effective March 1, 2014.
An eminent public health social scientist whose leadership accomplishments included the establishment of an academic department, Siminoff is widely recognized for her work in treatment decision-making and communication, informed consent and health disparities in cancer outcomes and organ and tissue donation.