The Office of Doctoral Studies Newsletter

November 7, 2018
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Issue 2 Volume I

1st Year PhD Student Mahathi Vojjala and 3rd Year PhD Candidate Sasha Guttentag (both pictured below) attended the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Introduction to Tobacco Law and Regulation Conference and Tobacco and Nicotine Products Regulation and Policy Conference last week in Washington D.C. The two PhD students attended the conference with their faculty mentors Dr. David Abrams, Dr. Tom Kirchner, and Dr. Ray Niaura. Dr. Abrams was a panelist for ‘Identifying and Interpreting Quality Science and Premarket Applications’ and Dr. Niaura was a panelist for ‘The Element of Uncertainty in Research’ The three-day conference brought together a diverse number of stakeholders to discuss the effective regulation of tobacco and nicotine products in the U.S. and globally.


PhD students at DC Conference


Ariadna Capasso, a second-year PhD student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, presented a poster on her work ‘Incidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome in Latin America and the Caribbean after Zika: a systematic review and meta-analysis,’ at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s 67th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, October 28 - November 1, 2018. The systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted in collaboration with co-authors Dr. Yesim Tozan, Dr. Danielle Ompad and Dorice Vieira. Dr. Tozan (left) and Ariadna Capasso are pictured below.


Capasso and Yesim at poster presentation


5th Year Doctoral Candidate Benjamin Spoer’s (pictured below) paper titled, “Food environment does not predict self-reported SSB consumption in New York City: A cross sectional study,” was recently published in PLOS ONE.  Spoer was the first author of this research paper which “examined whether the local food environment, specifically the distance to the nearest sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) vendor, a measure of SSB availability and accessibility, was correlated with the likelihood of self-reported SSB consumption among a sample of fast food consumers.”


Benjamin Spoer


GPH Doctoral Graduate (May 2018) Dr. Marybec Griffin (pictured below) was nominated by NYU's College of Arts and Sciences student body as an esteemed faculty member.


Marybec Griffin


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