Upcoming Research Seminars

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Past Research Seminars

September 18, 2018 - CAMS Research Committee Presents: Are we healthier? --Chinese Community Stroke Studies and 2015 SPARCS Data

Past stroke studies of the Manhattan Chinese community will be reviewed. Data from the latest 2015 Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) were extracted in an attempt to examine stroke incidence, and subtypes from CAIPA’s Chinese patient populations in several hospitals.
Hopefully, this exercise will show what health information can be extracted from public records, and how it can be used to benefit our patients. It may give us an insight as to which CAIPA data is useful, what we should focus on, and what can be expected from our own data set. The critical question is how to define health, and whether our community is underserved, or is healthier despite the lack of official attention.

Speaker: Sun-Hoo Foo, MD
Clinical Professor of Neurology
NYU School of Medicine

Sun-Hoo Foo, MD graduated from National Taiwan University Medical College. He is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. He was the Director of Neurology, and member of the Board of Trustees at New York Downtown Hospital. He cofounded and serves as vice president of CAIPA and also serves in other CAIPA affiliated organizations. He was the past president of CAMS & FCMS. He has published peer review research papers on stroke studies of NYC Chinese Americans. He was co-investigator of NIH grants, which included the Chinese-American Cardiovascular Health Assessment (CHA CHA). He also co-translated several books, such as Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams, and co-founded the Medicine and Health World magazines in Taiwan.



June 12, 2018 - CAMS Research Committee Presents: The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center Research Program: Challenges and Opportunities

An overview of CBWCHC’s research program, including highlights from several current research projects. Let’s discuss some of the challenges and opportunities associated with doing community-based research.

Speaker: Naumi Feldman, DrPH
Director of Research and Evaluation
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

Naumi Feldman, DrPH, has worked in the field of public health for over 20 years. Dr. Feldman has substantial experience working on research design, implementation and analysis of data for both quantitative and qualitative research studies. She also has over a decade of experience focusing on community relations, policy analysis and advocacy. Dr. Feldman’s research has primarily focused on racial and ethnic minorities and immigrant populations in the United States, including Asian immigrant and Asian American communities in New York City. She is currently the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. In this capacity, she oversees the strategic direction, development and implementation of all research and evaluation projects at the health center.



April 24, 2018 - CAMS Research Committee Presents: Recent Advances in Immunotherapy for the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Malignancy

Immunotherapy has revolutionized the cancer treatment because of its remarkable clinical profile in multiple cancers. This presentation will focus on recent advances of immunotherapy for GI malignancy, including newly approved immunotherapy agents and ongoing clinical trials.

Speaker: Songchuan Guo, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
NYU School of Medicine
Attending Physician in Hematology/Oncology
NYU Langone Medical Center

Dr. Guo received his medical education in China. He obtained his PhD degree at Purdue University, Indiana, where he trained in Molecular Virology and Targeted Cancer Therapy and conducted research on a novel nanotechnology platform for targeted cancer therapy. He published the research findings in leading journals including Nano Letters, Human Gene Therapy, and Gene Therapy. After gaining research experiences in basic science, he transitioned back in clinical medicine and received his residency training in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital of New York, and subsequently, his sub-specialty training in Hematology and Oncology at New York University School of Medicine. His research on colorectal cancer was presented at GI ASCO Meeting. He is currently a faculty member of Perlmutter Cancer Center of NYU. He also works as an attending physician at the NYU Langone Medical Associates - Canal Street where he strives to serve the Asian community with the state-of-the-art cancer care.



March 27, 2018 - CAMS Research Committee Presents: Human microbiota, diet and lifestyle factors, and risk of oro-digestive cancers.

Human body hosts thousands of microbiota, so called ‘human microbiome’. You will learn about how the microbiome influences on cancer development, and whether diet and lifestyle factors could modulate the microbiome.

Speaker: Jiyoung Ahn, PhD , RD
Associate Director of Population Science, NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center
Associate Professor of Population Health (Epidemiology), NYU School of Medicine

Jiyoung Ahn, PhD is Associate Professor of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine, and the Associate Director of Population Science at the NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center. Her research goal is to improve the understanding of the causes and progression of cancer in human populations. She has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, including Gut, Nature Genetics, JNCI, and JAMA. Her work has been recognized by significant awards and honors, including NCI-Outstanding Research Paper Awards, the AACR-Women in Cancer Research Award, and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Award. 



February 27, 2018 - CAMS Research Committee Presents: Public Health Approach to Hepatitis B in New York City

Speakers: 

Ann Winters, MD
Medical Director, Viral Hepatitis Program
Bureau of Communicable Disease
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Dr. Ann Winters is the Medical Director of the Viral Hepatitis Program and in this capacity she oversees viral hepatitis surveillance and applied research, policy and program development and implementation, program evaluation, provider training, community outreach, and public awareness initiatives. She is responsible for updating and implementing the NYC Health Department’s Viral Hepatitis Strategic Plan, covering adult hepatitis B and all hepatitis C activities in coordination with both internal and external partners. Dr. Winters oversee viral hepatitis surveillance, including preparation of reports, new approaches to using surveillance data to measure patterns of care and impact of interventions.

Angelica Bocour, MPH
Director, Viral Hepatitis Surveillance
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Ms. Angelica Bocour is the Director of Viral Hepatitis Surveillance and is responsible for the reporting and analysis of hepatitis B and C surveillance data for NYC. This includes developing and supervising analysis plans using surveillance data, creating and revising data collection tools for enhanced surveillance investigations, and overseeing the development of the NYC Hepatitis B and C Annual Report. She is responsible that surveillance data and information are provided to assist the Viral Hepatitis Program to develop relevant interventions, and responds to data requests from the media, policy makers, and scientists on hepatitis B and C issues. Ms. Bocour conducts and oversees hepatitis B and C research and epidemiologic analyses and provides support to program evaluation projects within the Viral Hepatitis Program that use surveillance data.



October 4, 2017- CAMS Research Committee Presents: Diabetes Prevalence and Management in the New York Chinese Community

Speaker: George Liu, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Liu is an internist and an endocrinologist. He has served as the president and one of the founders of CAIPA and has been a member of the CAIPA Board of Directors since its inception. He graduated from Cornell University Medical Center and performed his residency at NYU Medical Center, and his Endocrine fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center.



May 30, 2017- CAMS Research Committee Presents: Health Disparities in Early Life Exposure to Environmental Toxicants & Psychosocial Stressors: An Emerging Need for Pregnancy & Child Cohort Development in Asian Americans and immigrants

Speaker: Yueh-Hsiu Mathilda Chiu, ScD, Director, NY/NJ NIOSH-ERC (Education & Research Center) Pilot Projects Training Program Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine & Public Health Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Summary: Maternal prenatal exposure and early childhood exposure to environmental and psychosocial factors may play an important role in early life health disparities, including cardiopulmonary, neurodevelopmental and birth outcomes. It is essential to develop a structured research cohort to investigate the complex synergistic effects of multi-level environment, including physical toxicants, psychosocial stressors, cultural factors, occupational exposures, and epigenetic variants. To date, very few studies in the U.S. have focused on Asian Americans or immigrants even though this is one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the past decades in the U.S. with documented health disparities and differential exposure to chemicals and stress; further, none have focused on prenatal exposures and early childhood development. Thus, expanding environmental disparities research to this demographic will have significant public health impact.



April 4, 2017- CAMS Research Committee Presents: Positive Minds-Strong Bodies: Building Community Capacity for Disability Prevention for Minority Elders

Speaker: Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH, Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health and Medicine at NYU School of Medicine

Summary: Chinese elders represent a rapidly increasing segment of an aging U.S. population, with less access to mental health care, suffering significant disparities in access and quality care, and augmented risk for disability. Fresh approaches are needed that move services into the community to meet potential elder needs in a culturally and linguistically competent environment that is inherently embedded in the client’s neighborhood. To address these disparities and prevent disability among Chinese elders, the Positive Minds- Strong Bodies study examines how to successfully build collaborative research for the provision of evidence-based mental health and disability prevention treatments in community-based organizations (CBOs) that serve Chinese elderly clients. This presentation will provide an overview of the mental health burden in Chinese, gaps in mental health services, preliminary data on the study population, a description of study aims, details of the multi-level intervention, and process for referring Chinese patients.



February 22, 2017- CAMS Research Committee Presents: Measuring the Health of NYC Residents: NYC HANES and Other Innovative Measurement Approaches

Speaker: Lorna Thorpe, Ph.D., M.P.H. Director of the Division of Epidemiology, Vice Chair for Strategy and Planning Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine.



September 13, 2016 - CAMS Research Committee Presents: American Chinese Population and Mortality in NYC
Speaker: Wenhui Li, PhD, Director, Statistical Analysis and Reporting, Vital Statistics/Vital Records, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
A research seminar on American Chinese population and mortality in New York City. We discussed some comparisons between US and NYC Chinese population, between NH whites and Chinese, leading causes of death, etc. 



June 15, 2016 - CAMS Research Committee Presents: Obesity Disparities in Asian American Population
Speaker: Stella Yi, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor at the NYU School of Medicine, Department of Population Health. She is a cardiovascular disease epidemiologist, and her work focuses on both community and policy-based initiatives for the reduction of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. She has expertise in applied epidemiology in practice, cardiometabolic risk and lifestyle-related behaviors, and population-level perspectives on Asian American health disparities.



April 13, 2016 - CAMS Research Committee Presentation: Introduction to Public Health Surveillance
Speaker: Dr. Vivian Huang, Director of Adult Immunization, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Dr. Huang gave a 45 minute introductory presentation on national open surveillance systems such as those conducted by the CDC, New York Department of Health.



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