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Research Highlights


Research Uncorked



SPH hosted its first Faculty Research Mixer on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Faculty and students had an opportunity to meet and network with colleagues to discuss research interests. Research posters from current projects were available for viewing. The  goal of the event was to foster new collaborations and scholarly activity.


Making a Difference: SPH Researchers in the News


$2.5 million Bloomberg grant funds UIC study on Cook County soda tax
The study aims to examine the public health and economic impact of the penny-per-ounce tax on sugar- and artificially sweetened beverages over a period of three years. The idea is to better understand the consequences, intended or otherwise, of the tax to inform future policymakers, said Lisa Powell, director of health policy and administration at UIC’s School of Public Health.“Taxes like this may be good at raising revenue, but do they have an impact on public health?” said Powell, lead investigator on the study. “The whole point is to look at this objectively, over time, in order to understand its true impact on all fronts, from public health to effect on the economy. … At the end of the day, you want the best policy possible.”


Toxic Metals Study Examines Kids’ Toenails on Chicago’s Southeast Side

A new study aims to measure the health impact of toxic metals in children on Chicago’s Southeast Side, an area that remains polluted despite the decline of heavy industry.Victoria Persky and Maria Argos, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health, launched the study to examine the relationship between exposure to metals and lung function in children with asthma.

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Faster bacteria testing solves decades-old dilemma at Chicago beaches

Dr. Samuel Dorevitch, associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted in a Chicago Sun-Times article about a Chicago Park District partnership with UIC for same-day bacteria level testing in the city's beaches.
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Naperville residents want chemical weed killer ban made permanent in parks

Dr. Susan Buchanan, clinical associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted in a Chicago Tribune article about pesticide use in Naperville city parks.
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