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Academy for International Disaster Preparedness awarded nearly $5 million to train disaster response medical professionals

Academy for International Disaster Preparedness awarded nearly $5 million to train disaster response medical professionals



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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) has awarded Florida International University’s Academy for International Disaster Preparedness at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health And Social Work $4.8 million to train disaster response medical professionals over the next five years on how to evacuate and provide specialized medical care to patients in-flight.


CRUSADA hosted community fair, bridging the community-science gap

CRUSADA hosted community fair, bridging the community-science gap



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The Center for Research on US Latin, HIV/AIDS, and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA) at Florida International University (FIU) recently hosted a community fair at the Homestead Everglades Community Center. The fair, led by Dr. Gira J. Ravelo, research assistant professor at CRUSADA, was an attempt to use audience appropriate methods to disseminate local research findings to the community while simultaneously creating positive everlasting partnerships. The findings delivered were from community based participatory research (CBPR) conducted by CRUSADA in the Homestead area among Latino seasonal farm workers.

EHS professor only U.S. representative participating in European Union DNA project

EHS professor only U.S. representative participating in European Union DNA project



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Marcus S. Cooke, professor at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, has been accepted as a management committee observer, on behalf of the college, for the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) proposal hCOMET. Cooke is the only U.S. representative to be invited to take part in the project.

COST, funded by the European Union, provides funding for the creation of research networks. The hCOMET project creates a multi-center network that will give researchers and scientists an opportunity to standardize methodologies in collecting data on DNA damage (and DNA repair) in human populations using a technique known as the comet assay.


World-renowned neuroscientists visit Stempel College

World-renowned neuroscientists visit Stempel College

Dr. Francisco Lopera, director of the Neuroscience Group at the University of Antioquia, and his colleagues Dr. Marlene Jiménez del Río and Dr. Gloria Patricia Cardona-Gómez were joined by Dr. Carlos Alberto Cano from the Instituto de Envejecimiento at...

Craig A. Garmendia is Worlds Ahead

Craig A. Garmendia is Worlds Ahead



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Thanks to his dedication and hard work, Craig A. Garmendia is being recognized as Stempel College’s Fall 2018 Worlds Ahead Graduate by FIU during the commencement ceremony on Dec. 12, 2018.

Here is his story:

While working for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Craig used his background in chemistry, with a bachelor’s from FIU and masters’ from Vanderbilt University, to investigate drug manufacturing in the U.S. When the economy shifted, so did Craig’s career path, as much of the drug manufacturing industry moved overseas.


Community-Based Research Institute receives $1.2 million grant to provide health promotion to indigenous communities

Community-Based Research Institute receives $1.2 million grant to provide health promotion to indigenous communities



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Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work (Stempel), in collaboration with Florida State University’s (FSU) College of Nursing, have earned a $1.275 million grant to address health disparities in Native American communities in Florida.

As part of the grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), FIU’s Community-Based Research Institute (CBRI), part of Stempel, will partner with the Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity (INRHE), part of FSU’s College of Nursing.