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Epidemiology brown bag seminar series on November 6

Join the department of epidemiology and biostatistics for a brown bag seminar by the Cancer Prevention and Control Program Colloquium on Monday, November 6 from 1-2 p.m. in Discovery 302 for a discussion on: Development and Validation of Children's Dietary Inflammatory Index (CDII). 

Speakers

Samira Khan, MSW Research Associate & Principal Investigator Cancer Prevention and Control Program University of South Carolina

Samira Khan is a Research Associate within the Cancer Prevention and Control Program. Her formal graduate training is in social work and health promotion, education and behavior. Samira is the Data Manager of the Diet Assessment Research Unit (DARU) and the Data Analysis and Management Unit (DAMU). Samira’s research interests are in cancer health disparities, especially in child populations where dietary intake can prevent chronic disease incidence.

Nitin Shivappa, MBBS, MPH, PhD Adjunct Faculty, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics Core Faculty, Cancer Prevention and Control Program University of South Carolina Director, Strategic Partnerships Co-Principal Investigator & Senior Research Scientist Connecting Health Innovations, LLC

Dr. Nitin Shivappa began his research career in 2010 as a graduate research assistant at the South Carolina Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program. His strong interest in nutrition and inflammation and inflammation-related diseases under the mentorship and advisement of Dr. James Hébert and others led to the successful modification and improvement of an already developed dietary inflammatory index (DII®). Dr. Shivappa has been instrumental in establishing cooperative agreements with over 100 research centers from around the world who seek to utilize the DII in their studies.

Michael Wirth, MSPH, PhD Research Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics; College of Nursing Core Faculty, Cancer Prevention and Control Program University of South Carolina Director, Research & Development Co-Principal Investigator & Senior Research Scientist Connecting Health Innovations, LLC Profile

Dr. Michael Wirth began his research career in 2007 as a graduate research assistant at the South Carolina Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program. For his doctoral work, which was conducted under the guidance of Dr. Jim Burch and focused on circadian biology, Michael was awarded a Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Program (BBIP) NIH/NIGMS T32 pre -doctoral research training grant. His research interests include environmental and behavioral factors in chronic disease epidemiology, specifically focusing on the relationship between circadian disrupters (i.e., shiftwork, sleep disruption, clock gene polymorphisms), diet, physical activity and chronic disease.