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Center for Occupational Epidemiology Formed at University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

PITTSBURGH , April 8, 2008 — With one of the country’s leading research programs in occupational and environmental health, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) has established a center dedicated to occupational biostatistics and epidemiology. The mission of the center, based on an approach that is collaborative and multidisciplinary, is to build on the school’s success in developing and applying biostatistical methods to the study of workplace exposures.

Directed by Gary M. Marsh, Ph.D., professor of biostatistics at GSPH, research at the new Center for Occupational Biostatistics and Epidemiology (COBE) will focus on occupational studies to explore the long-term health effects of employment in occupations such as jet engine manufacturing and pharmaceutical production and workplace exposures to agents including formaldehyde, tungsten carbide/cobalt, chloroprene and man-made mineral fibers. The center also will investigate health outcomes in communities exposed to industrial pollutants or hazardous waste site materials.

“The more we can learn about occupational health risks, the better we can prevent and treat disease,” said Dr. Marsh, who works with major corporations and trade organizations on occupational and environmental health research and provides health maintenance organizations with biostatistical support programs for health outcomes research. “The COBE will allow us to more effectively integrate the fields of biostatistics, epidemiology, industrial hygiene and occupational health to conduct research and translate results directly into public health practice.” 

COBE will reside within GSPH’s Department of Biostatistics. Deputy directors of the center are Ada O. Youk, Ph.D., and Jeanine M. Buchanich, Ph.D., both faculty members in the Department of Biostatistics at GSPH.    

For more information on COBE, please visit http://cobe.biostat.pitt.edu/

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