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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: Removing Barriers to Employment for Young Adults With Autism

Beth Pfeiffer, associate professor of occupational therapy in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, discusses her work designing interventions that empower young adults with autism to navigate public transportation safely and confidently, helping them maintain employment and increase self-sufficiency. You can read more about Beth's work here.

Posted:  April 10, 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

Temple Program Receives Pioneering NIH Aphasia Grant

Research Associate Professor Gayle DeDe and her team have been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the effectiveness of conversational therapy for people with aphasia.

The three-year grant marks the first time the NIH has funded research on conversational treatment for aphasia, a chronic language disorder that can affect any aspect of communication.

“It feels like a huge milestone. I think it's something that [NIH has] wanted to do,” DeDe says.

Posted:  March 15, 2017

College Faculty & Alumni Join City's Opioid Task Force

medicine bottles of various sizes and colorsExperts across disciplines at Temple University have spent decades researching substance use disorder and working in the community to address it. So when Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney formed a task force to address the city’s opioid crisis amid an unprecedented increase in overdoses last year, Temple faculty were among the people he looked to for help.

Posted:  March 7, 2017

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