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Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Our laboratory aims to develop and test innovative approaches to the diagnosis, treatment and control of infectious diseases in resource-limited settings. We draw upon multiple fields including mathematical modeling, microbial genetics, field epidemiology, statistical inference and biodesign to work on challenging problems in infectious diseases, with an emphasis on tuberculosis and tropical diseases.
Mark R. Cullen, MD
Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), of Biomedical Data Science and of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Social and environmental determinants of health; role of workplace physical environment and work organization as causes of chronic disease and disability
Professor of Medicine (Oncology) and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Robert’s main areas of research interest include genetics, cancer epidemiology and cancer health disparities with a focus on genetic and epidemiologic studies of colon and breast cancer.
Professor (Research) of Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine) and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Research focuses on developmental, cognitive and psychosocial factors involved in adolescents’ and young adults’ health-related decision-making, perceptions of risk and vulnerability, health communication and risk behavior. My research has focused on understanding and reducing health risk behaviors such as tobacco use, alcohol and marijuana use, risky driving, and risky sexual behavior.
Victor W. Henderson, MD, MS
Professor of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology) and of Neurology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Research interests:
(1) Risk factors for age-associated cognitive decline and for dementia.
(2) Therapeutic strategies to improve cognitive function in aging and in dementia.
(3) Brain-behavior relations as they pertain to human cognition.
Abby C. King
Professor of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology) and of Medicine (Stanford Prevention Research Center)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My interests include the application of behavioral theory and social ecological approaches to achieve large scale changes impacting chronic disease prevention and control; expanding the reach and translation of evidence-based interventions through state-of-the-art technologies; exploring social and physical environmental influences on health; applying community participatory research perspectives to address health disparities; and policy-level approaches to health promotion/disease prevention.
Angelle Desiree LaBeaud
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology) at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Arthropod-borne viruses are emerging and re-emerging infections that are spreading throughout the world. Our laboratory investigates the epidemiology of arboviral infections, focusing on the burden of disease and the long-term complications on human health. In particular, Dr. LaBeaud investigates dengue, chikungunya, and Rift Valley fever viruses in Kenya, where outbreaks cause fever, arthritis, retinitis, encephalitis, and hemorrhagic fever. Our main research questions focus on the risk factors for arboviral infections, the development of diagnostic tests that can be administered in the field to quickly determine what kind of arboviral infection a person has, and the genetic and immunologic investigation of why different people respond differently to the same infection. Our long-term goals are to contribute to a deeper understanding of arboviral infections and their long-term health consequences and to optimize control strategies to prevent these emerging infections. Our laboratory also investigates the effects of antenatal and postnatal parasitic infections on vaccine responses, growth, and development of Kenyan children.
My lab at Stanford supports the field work that is ongoing in Kenya, but we also have several projects that are based locally. We strive to improve diagnostics of arboviral infections and are using Luminex technology to build a new screening assay. We also have created a Luminex based platform to assess vaccine responses against multiple pathogens.
Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology) at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System
Current Research and Scholarly Interests I am an endocrinologist & clinical investigator. My group studies disease prevention, outcomes & clinical impact of hormonal/metabolic perturbations (e.g. from environmental exposures & interactions with molecular/other factors) & clinical therapies. These interests cut across multiple complex chronic diseases, the aging process, & critical lifespan stages; we aim to use novel molecular epi, 'big' data, & new technologies for better insights to etiology & enhanced health services & delivery.
Mary Leonard, M.D., M.S.C.E., Arline and Pete Harman Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Professor of Pediatrics (Nephrology) and of Medicine (Nephrology) and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My multidisciplinary research program is focused on (1) the detrimental effects of glucocorticoids, sarcopenia and inflammation on bone development in pediatric diseases, (2) the long-term effects of childhood cancer on bone and muscle quality, (3) the assessment of renal osteodystrophy using novel micro-imaging techniques, (4) the effects of vitamin D deficiency on physical function and cardiovascular disease, and (5) the evaluation of biomechanical interventions as anabolic bone therapies.
Lorene Nelson, PhD
Associate Professor of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Primary research interests: (i) genetic and environmental determinants of neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis, (ii) transdisciplinary strategies for improving population health.