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Epidemiology | Research



In addition to teaching at the Colorado School of Public Health, our faculty also conduct research and are experts on a variety of topics. Our epidemiology faculty are currently involved in a broad range of research areas including cardiovascular disease, cancer and genetic epidemiology and diabetes. Check out our faculty experts page to learn more about our research areas.

Research Highlights:

Pediatric Injury Prevention, Education and Research

Project Summary: The Pediatric Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER) program is a collaborative initiative of the Colorado School of Public Health, the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Children’s Hospital Colorado. PIPER links research, training and practice to prevent child injury in Colorado, nationally and around the world.

Faculty: Carol Runyan


PIPER Researcher, Associate Professor of Epidemiology Dawn Comstock joins HuffPost Live

Search for Diabetes in Youth

Project Summary: SEARCH is a multi-center study funded by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and NIDDK (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases). The study focuses on children and youth in the U.S. who have diabetes. It is expected that the six clinical centers located in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Ohio, South Carolina, and Washington will invite approximately 9000 children and youth who have been diagnosed with diabetes to participate in this study. Data from these children and youth will provide more information and help us better understand diabetes.

Faculty: Dana Dabelea and Richard Hamman


Colorado Colorectal Screening Program

Project Summary: The Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, which began in January of 2006, seeks to screen over 12,500 Coloradans by 2010 for colorectal cancer, contributing substantially to the state’s overall goal of screening 75 percent of the total eligible population.  As of May 2009, the program has screened approximately 7,400 patients and detected 75 cancers. The program is accompanied by an awareness campaign to encourage all Coloradans to get colorectal screening exams.

Faculty: Tim Byers

Website: University of Colorado Cancer Center

Nicaragua Cook Stove Project

Project Summary: More than half of the world’s population relies on open fire cooking pits to meet basic energy needs. Indoor cook stoves can result in extremely high levels of indoor air pollution. Indoor air pollution is a phenomenon that kills 1.6 million people yearly on a global level. Improved stove designs have the potential to reduce indoor air pollution exposure; however, evaluations of improved stoves are limited.  The goal of this study is to assess the effectiveness of stove interventions.

Faculty: Jennifer Peel


Evaluating Population-Based Approaches to Suicide Prevention through Systematic Reviews

Project Summary : Suicide is the most common cause of violent death in the US, and the eleventh leading cause of all deaths.  Since many people who commit suicide never seek treatment, it is necessary to find effective interventions that target the general population. This project will search for high-quality studies of suicide prevention programs, then evaluate the studies of two population-based suicide prevention programs to determine whether they are effective. Results will help public health professionals decide which suicide prevention programs to use.

Faculty: Carolyn DiGuiseppi

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