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Arnold School faculty, staff and students published a record 653 peer-reviewed journal articles in 2020 (see recent publications), a few of which have been translated into press releases (below). Arnold School experts are available to speak to media about their research into an array of public health issues, including tobacco control, nutrition, health disparities, stroke recovery, physical activity, cancer prevention, vaccinations, rural health, healthy aging, hearing loss, obesity, water contaminants and environmental cleanup methods.

The Arnold Scool of Public Health helps shape national and state health-related policies as well as clinical recommendations and outreach programs. Our more than 250 tenure-track faculty, clinical researchers, and staff members conduct scientific research that they then translate for applications by public health agencies, organizations, clinicians/professionals and individuals.


Press Releases

Daniela Friedman

CPCRN Publishes Special Supplement to Mark 20th Anniversary

As one of the Network Centers since 2002, the South Carolina CPCRN housed in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina is proud to have played an integral part in the writing and release of this supplement.  

Melissa Nolan

South Carolina Officials Announce Infestation of Asian Longhorned Ticks

This invasive species of tick is not commonly found in the United States, and bites from these ticks have caused severe illnesses in people, animals and livestock in other countries.

Core for Applied Research and Evaluation receives $596,000 grant from The Duke Endowment

University of South Carolina’s Core for Applied Research and Evaluation (CARE) at the Arnold School of Public Health has received a grant from The Duke Endowment to fund a statewide strategy to address the social determinants of health in South Carolina.

Cell study suggests pesticide exposure may increase COVID-19 susceptibility

Brand new research from environmental health sciences associate professor Saurabh Chatterjee's Environmental Health and Disease Laboratory suggests increased COVID-19 susceptibility among those exposed to pesticides, particularly veterans with Gulf War Illness. 

DHEC, UofSC, to Lead Year-long ‘SC STRONG’ Initiative to Evaluate COVID-19 Infection and Immunity Over Time

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the University of South Carolina (UofSC) are leading an extensive initiative to fortify the state’s response to COVID-19. This science-guided, year-long project will provide information about disease infection and immunity over time and will help identify health inequities.

Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network produces special issue in Preventive Medicine

The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network Coordinating Center has issued a press release on a supplement produced by Network partners in the journal, Preventive Medicine. Members of the South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network, which is led by Daniela Friedman (PI) and James Hébert (Co-PI), served as co-authors on six of the papers included in the supplement.  

Study highlights potential for ‘liquid health check’ to predict disease risk

Proteins in our blood could in the future help provide a comprehensive ‘liquid health check’, assessing our health and predicting the likelihood that we will we will develop a range of diseases, according to research published today in Nature Medicine.

Growing Rural-Urban Disparities In Pediatric Deaths Since 1999

Health Affairs releases a media advisory on a study conducted by Arnold School researchers that found rural youth ages 0–19 were more likely than urban youth to die during childhood throughout the entire period from 1999 to 2017. 

UofSC scientists find solution to Gulf War Illness in FDA-approved antiviral drugs

A recent study led by scientists at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health has shown that adjusting GI tract viruses by repurposing existing FDA-approved antiviral drugs offers a route for effective treatment for Gulf War Illness and its myriad of symptoms.

Improving health outcomes through community pharmacies

CPESN USA, a clinically integrated, nationwide organization of pharmacy networks structured to advance community-based pharmacy practice, announced today that its network in South Carolina – CPESN® South Carolina – is collaborating with the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (HPEB) to tackle capacity-building in the social determinants of health among independent community pharmacies.

Aerobic exercise programs may improve endurance, walking after stroke

Stroke survivors who completed group-based aerobic exercise programs similar in design and duration to cardiac rehabilitation programs significantly improved their aerobic endurance and walking ability, according to new research by Elizabeth Regan and Stacy Fritz in Journal of the American Heart Association.

The science behind the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

The American College of Sports Medicine has published a collection of papers on the scientific basis of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Exercise science professor Russell Pate served on the guidelines committee and is the lead author on a paper about physical activity and health in children under six years of age. 

Nutrition Consortium hosts 2019 Nutrition Symposium

The Nutrition Consortium will host the 9th Annual Nutrition Symposium, UofSC Nutrition Research Day: Share, Discover, Connect, at the UofSC Alumni Center on March 22. 

Arnold School to establish Community Health Worker Institute

With funding from the BlueCross® BlueShield® of South Carolina Foundation, the Arnold School of Public Health Community Health Worker Institute will provide training and support for community health workers and the health care and community organizations that employ and interact with these professionals. 

$5.7 million awarded to study illness and disease caused by ocean health

Based at UofSC, the new Center for Oceans and Human Health and Climate Interactions will combine the efforts of more than 20 scientistis from five institutions. 

SCHA awards grant to HSPM

The South Carolina Hospital Association has awarded the health services policy and management department with a $25K grant (renewable for the next two years) to support master of health administration students. 

Increasing walking in the United States population

National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (chaired by exercise science professor Russell Pate) has released a new set of recommendations for promoting walking and walkable communities.

World AIDS Day 2017 to Focus on “Ending the Epidemics” in South Carolina

South Carolina government agencies, private-sector organizations, the faith community, public health professionals and others will come together for a World AIDS Day event at6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, on the North Steps of the State House in Columbia.

$14.8 million grant to expand Disability Research and Dissemination Center

Epidemiology and biostatistics professor Suzanne McDermott will serve as a principal investigator on a grant from the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.

October is National Audiology Awareness Month

The American Academy of Audiology, and the University of South Carolina’s Speech and Hearing Research Center are urging the public to be conscious of hearing health.

Does access to quality playgrounds vary with a child's socioeconomic status & obesity risk?

Arnold School researchers examine differences in access to playgrounds and associations between youth (grades 3-5 in one U.S. county) weight and playground accessibility and quality.

Arnold School of Public Health to expand to Greenville

The University of South Carolina’s nationally-renowned Arnold School of Public Health will open a satellite program in Greenville focused on research and education that tackles some of South Carolina’s most pressing health needs.

New research links Gulf War Illness to gastrointestinal disturbances

A new study has found a gastrointestinal link that could help explain many of the health issues facing those with Gulf War Illness as well as opening new pathways to treatment options that may improve both gastrointestinal and neurological symptoms associated with the disorder.

Arnold School develops training to increase physical activity at child care centers

Free online training designed to increase physical activity and prevent childhood obesity among children at South Carolina preschools and child care centers has been developed by researchers at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health.

Study finds new pathway for treating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Researchers have discovered a new way to treat non-alcoholic fatty liver disease—a condition that affects up to 25 percent of the population and may lead to cirrhosis and eventually liver cancer or failure.

National Physical Activity Plan Alliance releases annual report card

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, led by Exercise Science Professor Russell Pate, released their annual report on youth's physical fitness. 

National Physical Activity Plan Alliance releases report

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, chaired by Exercise Science Professor Russell Pate, and the CDC have released a report on trends in physical education class attendance among high school students over the past two decades.

Vital Directions for Health and Health Care: Sept. 26 Symposium and Discussion Papers

This symposium will include a collection of expert papers by more than 100 researchers, scientists, and policymakers in three categories: better health and well-being, high-value health care, and strong science and technology.

PASOs’ Early Childhood Initiative selected as Pioneer

As a Pioneer, PASOs has been invited into the inner council of Ashoka and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as these organizations work together to build a better vision for how children grow up in the United States. 

Researchers find six-fold increase in sleep disorders for Veterans

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Associate Professor Jim Burch and team find 600 percent increase in sleep disorders among U.S. Veterans.

Professor appointed to national advisory committee

Exercise Science Professor Russell Pate has been appointed to the 2018 Physical Activity Advisory Committee. He also served on the 2008 committee to advise on the first set of Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. 

Lung cancer screening underutilized

Although clinical trials have shown that lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography can detect lung cancers early and reduce lung cancer mortality, less than half of family physicians in a recent survey agreed that screening reduces lung cancer–related deaths.

The fast casual conundrum

According to researchers from the Arnold School of Public Health, entrées at fast casual restaurants -- a category that includes restaurants such as Chipotle and Panera Bread -- have a higher average calorie count than fast food establishments, such as a McDonald’s or Bojangles.

National Physical Activity Plan update

Russ Pate, Ph.D., chairman of the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, and Jim Whitehead, CEO of the American College of Sports Medicine, will unveil and explain innovative approaches and strategies of a new 2016 National Physical Activity Plan that will make a profound difference in American health.

Stroke researcher earns $11.1 million NIH grant

University of South Carolina Professor Julius Fridriksson has been awarded an $11.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research stroke recovery and work to improve the lives and communication skills of patients after they suffer strokes. Fridriksson, a professor in the Arnold School of Public Health, studies how a person’s brain recovers from a stroke.

Increasing physical activity in preschoolers

Training teachers to provide preschool children with more ways and opportunities to be active throughout the school day increases the children’s activity level, according to research led by University of South Carolina exercise science Professor Russell Pate.

Gift will create an aging institute

The University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health will create a new institute focusing on how to age well from cradle to grave by addressing issues faced by the most vulnerable in our population – young children and older adults – thanks to a $7 million gift from the School’s largest benefactors.

Faculty member elected to museum board

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior Associate Professor Heather Brandt has been named a new member of the Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries Board.

Perceptions of flavor capsules, less harmful & more appealing

Cigarettes with flavor capsules in the filters are seen by smokers as less harmful and more appealing than regular cigarettes, causing them to increase in popularity according to research led by University of South Carolina professor Jim Thrasher.

Exercise delays onset of high cholesterol

Men who have higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness may delay by up to 15 years increases in blood cholesterol levels that commonly occur with aging, according to a University of South Carolina researcher’s work published in the “Journal of the American College of Cardiology.”

Professor honored with top national award

Russell Pate, professor of exercise science in the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, has been named a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

Pro-inflammatory diet linked to colorectal cancer

Arnold School researchers have found that diets high in fiber, spices, healthy fats and carotenoids all contribute to an anti-inflammatory effect that links to reduced risk of colorectal cancer

BMI may no longer be relevant indicator of health

Researchers from the Arnold School of Public Health have determined that Body Mass Index (BMI) may not be as useful as was once previously thought, especially for women.


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