MCOHS Seminars - Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center

MCOHS Seminars

The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS) hosts regular seminars on topics related to occupational health and safety, in conjunction with seminars presented by the Division of Environmental Health Sciences.



Effects of the Mediterranean Diet on Health Outcomes
December 19, 2016
Presented by: Hanna E. Bloomfield, MD, MPH

Occupational radiation exposure and associated disease risks in cohort studies of physicians, radiologic technologists, and nuclear medicine technologists
December 12, 2016
Presented by: Cari M. Kitahara, PhD

Individual Susceptibility to the Harmful Effects of Tobacco Chemicals
November 21, 2016
Presented by: Lisa Peterson, PhD

MicroRNAs as Disease Biomarkers
October 24, 2016
Presented by: Scott Riester, MD

Epidemiology of kidney cancer through population-based studies
September 23, 2016
Presented by: Ghislaine Scelo, PhD


What Chemicals in Red and Processed Meats are Involved in Colorectal Cancer?
December 17, 2015
Presented by: Robert Turesky, BSc, PhD

Infections and childhood leukemia revisited: New mechanisms to explain an old theory
December 10, 2015
Presented by: Logan G. Spector, PhD

New tools to prevent meningitis: Evaluating the impact of Meningococcal A and B vaccines in the US and abroad
December 3, 2015
Presented by: Nicole E. Basta, PhD MPhil

Finding Safer Products that Work – VOC Reduction for Area Source Degreasing Operations
November 5, 2015
Presented by: Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)

Nicotine metabolism in five ethnic/racial group with disparate lung cancer risk
October 29, 2015
Presented by: Sharon E. Murphy, PhD

Life and Breath: How Air Pollution Affects Public Health in the Twin Cities
October 22, 2015
Presented by: David Bael

Traffic, Air Pollution, Minority and Socio-Economic Status: Addressing Inequities in Exposure and Risk
October 15, 2015
Presented by: Gregory C. Pratt, PhD

The Impact of the US Food and Drug Administration Chlorofluorocarbon Ban on Out-of-pocket Costs and Use of Albuterol Inhalers Among Individuals With Asthma
October 8, 2015
Presented by: Pinar Karaca-Mandic, PhD

The Global Burden of Tobacco: Is There Anything We Can Do?
September 24, 2015
Presented by: Harry Lando, PhD

Rapid and Sustainable Detoxification of Airborne Pollutants by Broccoli Sprout Beverage
September 17, 2015
Presented by: Adam Zarth, Ph.D. Candidate

Evaluating epidemiological associations between higher blood concentrations of perfluoro-alkyl acids and health effects: are they always meaningful?
May 27, 2015
Presented by: Harvey Clewell, PhD, DABT

Reducing the Risk of Food Fraud and Economically Motivated Adulteration
May 7, 2015
Presented by: Karen Everstine, PhD

Social Stress, Obesity, and Aging: An Animal Model
April 30, 2015
Presented by: Alessandro Bartolomucci, PhD

Novel Diagnostic Technologies: Detecting a Single Pathogen with the Naked Eye
April 23, 2015
Presented by: Abdennour Abbas, PhD

Local Is The New Black: How the City of Minneapolis is Responding to Large Scale Environmental Issues through Local Innovation
April 9, 2015
Presented by: Patrick Hanlon

Rational Development of Therapeutic Vaccines for Drug Addiction
April 2, 2015
Presented by: Marco Pravetoni, PhD

Annual burden of occupationally-acquired influenza among healthcare workers
March 26, 2015
Presented by: Rachael M. Jones, PhD

Controlling zoonoses at the human-animal interface, the need for a social and ecological perspective
March 12, 2015
Presented by: Claudia Munoz-Zanzi, DVM, MPVM, Ph

Tobacco Carcinogen and Toxicant Biomarkers to Investigate Exposure and Cancer Risk
March 5, 2015
Presented by: Stephen S. Hecht, PhD

Childhood stress and health across the lifecourse: The example of abuse victimization and young women’s weight status
February 19, 2015
Presented by: Susan Mason, PhD, MPH

Lessons from Why it’s important to improve media messages
February 12, 2015
Presented by: Gary Schwitzer

The Changing Landscape of Tickborne Disease in Minnesota
February 5, 2015
Presented by: Elizabeth Schiffman, MPH, MA

Disease Spread Modeling: A Decision Tool for Veterinary Public Health
January 29, 2015
Presented by: Tim Boyer, PhD

The Role of Alcohol Abuse in Acetaminophen Toxicicity
January 22, 2015
Presented by: Jordan Holtzman, MD, PhD


Inflammatory Biomarkers for Occupational Exposure and Disease Risk Evaluation in Minnesota Taconite Workers
December 4, 2014
Presented by: Bin Ma, PhD

Recent advances in Alzheimer’s disease research
November 20, 2014
Presented by: Karen Hsiao Ashe, MD, PhD

Ebola Virus in West Africa: WHO’s 9/11 and the World’s Katrina
November 13, 2014
Presented by: Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH

Are female survivors of young adult cancers able to achieve their reproductive goals?
Preliminary results from the FUCHSIA Women’s Study
November 6, 2014
Presented by: Penelope Howards, PhD

Pesticides in Our Food – Bridging Regulatory and Analytical Challenges
October 30, 2014
Presented by: Kelly Dorweiler

Significance of the Vitamin D measurement for clinical application
October 23, 2014
Presented by: Fabrizio Bonelli

Defending the Food System Through Research and Education
October 9, 2014
Presented by: Amy Kircher, DrPH

Environmental and Public Health: A possibilist agenda for the 21st century and beyond
September 25, 2014
Presented by: Clarence L. Lehman, PhD

Testing empirical explanations for spousal caregiving and decreased mortality risk
September 18, 2014
Presented by: Benjamin D. Capistrant, ScD

Trees and Human Health: How trees improve our environmental health and the impacts of losing them
September 11, 2014
Presented by: Jeff Hafner, ISA Certified Arborist

Living Building Challenge – The Next Frontier
September 4, 2014
Presented by: Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID

Inter-individual Differences in Sensitivity to Effects of a Tobacco Carcinogen
May 8, 2014
Presented by: Igor Ignatovich, PhD

Incorporating Social Media into HIV Research
April 24, 2014
Presented by: Keith Horvath, PhD

Risk Factors for Chronic Disease Among Veterans of the US Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
April 17, 2014
Presented by: Rachel Widome, PhD, MHS

Causal inference in observational research: The utility of genetically-informative design
April 10, 2014
Presented by: Matt McGue, PhD

Epigenetics of Obesity: Epigenome-wide Association Study in African American Adults
April 3, 2014
Presented by: Ellen W. Demerath, PhD FAHA FTOS

Contribution of common genetic variation to the BI-RADS breast density and breast cancer association
March 27, 2014
Presented by: Celine M. Vachon, PhD

If We Want More Evidence-Based Practice, We Need More Practice-Based Evidence: Riffing on Lawrence Green in a Care Delivery Setting
March 13, 2014
Presented by: Heather R. Britt, MPH, PhD

Reducing Waste Through Online Exchanges: Overcoming the Last Hurdle
March 6, 2014
Presented by: Suvrat Dhanorkar, PhD Candidate

Immune biomarkers and colorectal cancer
February 27, 2014
Presented by: Anna Prizment, PhD, MPH

Testing empirical explanations for spousal caregiving and decreased mortality risk
February 20, 2014
Presented by: Benjamin D. Capistrant, ScD

A One Health Approach to Healthy Fairs
February 13, 2014
Presented by: Carrie Klumb, MPH


Household surveillance of patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile infection
December 5, 2013
Presented by: Megan Shaughnessy, MD

Carcinogens and nicotine in noncombustible tobacco: Global diversity of products and health outcomes
November 21, 2013
Presented by: Irina Stepanov, PhD

Dust – The Great Asbestos Trial
November 14, 2013
Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion

Urinary metabolites as biomarkers of furan exposure in humans
November 7, 2013
Presented by: Alex Grill, PhD

Determinants of Occupational Health in India: Crisis, Outcomes & Options
October 31, 2013
Presented by: Sigamani Panneer, PhD

Building Sustainable and Healthy Cities in India: A Framework and Two Case Studies
October 24, 2013
Presented by: Anu Ramaswami, PhD

Effects of acetaldehyde from alcohol consumption on DNA adduct formation in humans
October 17, 2013
Presented by: Silvia Balbo, PhD

Workers Compensation Health Services Research – Unique Opportunities
October 10, 2013
Presented by: Glenn Pransky, MD, MOccH

You Can’t Make This Up: My Life in Public Health
September 26, 2013
Presented by: Karen Casale, REHS

Disparate Rates of New-onset Depression During the Menopausal Transition in Two Community-based Populations: Real or Really Wrong?
May 16, 2013
Presented by: Richard F. MacLehose, PhD

Improving the Quality of Occupational Health Care in Washington State: A Success Story of Translational Science
May 9, 2013
Presented by: Thomas M. Wickizer, PhD

Turning on a Changing Paradigm: New Insights into the Molecular Mechanisms of Mercury Toxicity
April 25, 2013
Presented by: Nicholas V.C. Ralston, Ph

Epigenetics and Public Health
April 18, 2013
Presented by: Sarah Johnson, Ph

Medicinal Properties and Toxicity of Curcumin/Puerarin Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles
April 5, 2013
Presented by: Ashok Singh, PhD

Sacred Food: Why You Should Eat As If Your Life Depended On It
April 4, 2013
Presented by: Lea Foushee

Anti-Science: A Challenge to Modern Science, Education and Policy
March 28, 2013
Presented by: Michael T. Osterholm, PhD

Nanomaterials: Can we work with and get rid of them safely?
February 28, 2013
Presented by: Peter C. Raynor, PhD


Enhancement of mouse lung tumorigenesis by lipopolysaccharide, a ubiquitous environmental contaminant
November 29, 2012
Presented by: Fekadu Kassie, DVM, MSc, PhD

Patient-Centered Support for Treatment of Tuberculosis Among Urban Poor of Kathmandu, Nepal: A Mixed Methods Study
November 15, 2012
Presented by: Roshani Dahal, MPH

Measuring Real-Time Respirator Fit in a Simulated Healthcare Environment
October 25, 2012
Presented by: Lisa Brosseau, ScD, CIH

Alzheimer’s Disease: A Challenge for the 21st Century
October 18, 2012
Presented by: Jordan Holtzman, MD, PhD

Economic Impact of Diabetes on Households in India: Looking for Policy Options
October 16, 2012
Presented by: C.A.K. Yesudian, PhD

Human and Environmental Factors Influencing Combat Casualty Medic Training Performance
October 11, 2012
Presented by: Julie A. Jacko, PhD

An Atypical Suicide: Clinical Trials as Pharmaceutical Marketing Tools
October 4, 2012
Presented by: Carl Elliott, MD, PhD

Defining Best Practices for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response: The Work of the Minnesota Food Safety Center of Excellence
September 27, 2012
Presented by: Craig W. Hedberg, PhD

Risk Factors for Injury and Severity in Small Construction Companies
September 20, 2012
Presented by: Katherine Schofield Larson, PhD

Environmental Factors and Disparities in Children’s Developmental Outcomes: Implications for Risk, Prevention, and Intervention
September 13, 2012
Presented by: Scott R. McConnell, PhD

Evaluating the University of Minnesota’s Workplace Wellness Initiatives : Measuring Participation and Economic Impact
April 17, 2012
Presented by: Jean Marie Abraham, PhD

Ecosystem Health and Wildlife Disease Ecology
April 10, 2012
Presented by: Meggan Craft, PhD

Mechanisms of Arsenic Co-Carcinogenesis: Arsenic and Zinc Interactions in DNA Damage and Repair
April 5, 2012
Presented by: Laurie Hudson, PhD

Policies, Programs, and Sustainability of Water Resources
March 20, 2012
Panel Discussion

Environmental Contaminants and Children’s Health – For Future Generations
March 8, 2012
Presented by: Emiko Todaka, PhD

Ecosystem Health in Tanzania: Implications for Occupational Health in a Developing Country’s National Park with a High Density of Non Human Primates
February 28, 2012
Presented by: Dominic Travis, DVM, MS

Cumulative Levels and Effects and Environmental Justice in Air Permitting in Minnesota
February 21, 2012
Presented by: Kristie Ellickson, PhD

Mercury Exposure and Measurement of Mercury in Newborns
February 14, 2012
Presented by: Patricia McCann, MS

One Health, Occupational Health, and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center
January 24, 2012
Presented by: Bruce Alexander, PhD


Case Ascertainment of Pulmonary Restriction Patterns Using Pulmonary Function Testing in a Taconite Mining Population: A Work in Progress
December 14, 2011
Presented by: Nnaemeka Odo U. MD, MPH

Innate Immunity in Non Melanoma Skin Cancer
December 7, 2011
Presented by: Karin Vineretsky

Taconite Study Exposure Assessment
November 30, 2011
Presented by: Jooyeon Hwang, MS

Risk Assessment: New Tool for 21st Century Food Safety Challenges
November 9, 2011
Presented by: Fernando Sampedro, PhD

Quantitative Measurement of Antibiotic Resistance Genes
November 2, 2011
Presented by: Tim Boyer, MPH

National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) and Opportunities for MPH to Gain Public Health Experience
October 26, 2011
Presented by: Amy Kircher, DrPH

Effects of Spray Surfactant and Particle Charge on Respirable Dust Control
October 19, 2011
Presented by: Mei Wang, MS

Tracking Environmental Public Health in Minnesota: From Data to Action
October 12, 2011
Presented by: Jean Johnson, PhD and Jessica Nelson, PhD

Tobacco and Cancer Control in India: An Indian Perspective
October 5, 2011
Presented by: Rakesh Gupta, MS, FAIS

Evaluating Foodborne Disease Surveillance for Improvement
September 28, 2011
Presented by: Evan Henke, MPH

Decision Making in Occupational Causality: When is a Condition Work Related?
September 21, 2011
Presented by: Matt Keifer, MD, MPH

Managing the Health Care Supply Chain: An Overview of Trends, Issues and Applications from a Systems’ Perspective
September 14, 2011
Presented by: Sameer Kumar, PhD

How to Give and Receive a Talk
September 7, 2011
Presented by: Matt Simcik, PhD


Techniques for the Identification of Main Exposure Sources for Workers in an Iron Ore Sinter Plant and the Control of the Process Emissions of PCDD/Fs and PAHs
May 3, 2010
Presented by: Yu-Cheng Chen, Research Fellow

Looking at the Workplace Through a Labor Historian’s Lens: Power, Technology, and the (Re)Organization of Work
March 29, 2010
Presented by: Peter Rachleff, PhD

Improving Integrated Pest Management in Structures – The Wal-Mart Way!
February 22, 2010
Presented by: Stephen A. Kells, PhD


Nanotechnology and Occupational Health: Uncertainties in Science and Policy
December 14, 2009
Presented by: Gurumurthy Ramachandran, PhD, CIH

Simple Health Behaviors and Their Impact on Business: Health, Cost, and Productivity
October 26, 2009
Presented by: Nico Pronk, PhD, FACSM

Update on National Health Care Reform: A Moving Target
September 28, 2009
Presented by: Lynn Blewett, PhD, MA

Occupational Health in India
May 26, 2009
Presented by: Dr. Robert Joseph, Professor Community Medicine, St Johns Medical College, Bangalore, India

Integrating Safety and Smoking Cessation in Small Manufacturing Businesses
April 27, 2009
Presented by: Lisa Brosseau, PhD and Deborah Hennrikus, PhD

Occupational Health, Safety, and Worker Welfare: A Community Response
March 30, 2009
Presented by: Melissa Rudnick and Becky Seel

Pesticide Regulation and Community Outreach in Minnesota
January 26, 2009
Presented by: Paul M. Liemandt and Collie Graddick


Lung Health in Taconite Industry Workers
October 27, 2008
Presented by: Jeffrey H. Mandel, MD, MPH, Bruce H. Alexander, PhD, Gurumurthy Ramachandran, PhD, and Ian A. Greaves, MD

Investigation of Progressive Inflammatory Neuropathy Among Swine Slaughterhouse Workers: A Work in Progress
April 28, 2008
Presented by: Richard Danila, PhD, MPH