Our Research

We conduct research across a wide range of areas, integrating approaches to public and community health, biostatistics, epidemiology, and computational biology to address critical problems affecting human health. Some examples of our on-going research projects are highlighted below.     

Biomedical Big Data: Neuroscience and Provenance

Dr. Satya Sahoo aims to characterize the role of brain connectivity in neurological disorders such as epilepsy using integrative graph models and highly scalable computational techniques. Brain connectivity measures are derived from multi-modal data, for example electrophysiological signal and diffusion MRI data, which are difficult to process, model, and analyze due to their volume, variety, […]

The Genetics of AMD in the Old Order Amish

‌For over two decades, Dr. Jonathan Haines has studied genetic factors that contribute to diseases of aging and “successful” aging in the Old Order Amish. A growing health concern in the US population is age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of visual impairment and blindness in the elderly.  It is well-established that genetic […]

The Epidemiology of Tobacco Use

Dr. Erika Trapl uses a classical epidemiological approach to study what is both a health and social issue: the use of cigars, cigarillos, and little cigars (CCLC) by adolescents and young adults. Using quantitative data from the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and qualitative data of from youth and young adults, she aims […]

FoodNEST: The Future of Food in Your Neighborhood

The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods and the Center for Reducing Health Disparities are actively studying how changes in the neighborhood food environment affect the health of a community. Led by Drs. Darcy Freedman and Ashwini Sehgal, the FoodNEST project will examine changes in diet among people living in two targeted neighborhoods (one in […]