CRUSADA News

Brown Bag Lecture:
Effects of lead exposure on blood pressure
Monica Bastos Paoliello, PhD
State University of Londrina
Parana, Brazilo


Brown Bag Lecture:
Inequalities in Health Service Use among Former Inmates: Implications for Race/ Ethnic Health Disparities
Kathryn M. Nowotny, PhD
University of Miami


NIMHD Awards Endowment to FIU (PIs: Gil, De La Rosa)
Endowment makes FIU regional hub for the study of HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, obesity, and diabetes


NIAAA Awards R01 Grant to Dr. De La Rosa
Study will Examine Alcohol Use among Recent Latino Immigrants


Dr. Kanamori, CRUSADA Postdoctoral Fellow, Awarded NIH K99/R00 Grant
First investigator from College of Public Health & Social Work to receive an NIH Pathway to Independence Award


CRUSADA/C-SALUD PhD Fellow wins at 2016 Florida Research Symposium
Stephanie Diez won 1st Place in Social Sciences Category for presentation on problem videogame play in children & youth


NIH Awards $12.7 Million to FIU
Three CRUSADA Researchers are Members of Interdisciplinary Team


Frank Dillon Awarded R15 grant from NIMHD
Affiliated faculty member Frank Dillion was awarded a R15 to conduct a study of HIV testing among at risk Latino men


USAID Report
C-SALUD Postdoctoral Scholar authors report titled "Indicators of Child Deprivation in Sub-Saharan Africa"


CRUSADA Faculty Featured on NIH Website
Preventing HIV/AIDS in Recent Latino Immigrants


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Elena Cyrus: Global Health Researcher and Epidemiologist

Not far from the ancient ruins and majestic views of Machu Picchu, Peru, CRUSADA alumna Elena Cyrus aims to improve global health through her work in the Yale University Global Health Equity Scholars Program.

Working in Lima, Peru, as a Yale University-Global Health Fellow for Asociacion Civil Impacta Salud y Educacion (IMPACTA), Cyrus is applying the training she received under the CRUSADA Student Scholars in Health Disparities program and in a post-doctoral program that is further enhancing her training.

Below, Cyrus describes in her own words the valuable training and experience she gained from her work at CRUSADA. She details the mentorship and beneficial aspects of the training program, along with describing her current and future research endeavors:

"I came to CRUSADA as a third year PhD candidate, and was mentored by Dr. Mary Jo Trepka and Dr. Mario De La Rosa from the time I started until I completed my PhD requirements. For my dissertation, I used data from the Foreign Born Immigrant Study at CRUSADA, completing longitudinal analysis to examine the influence of social capital on substance use and HIV risk behavior among Recent Latino Immigrants. At CRUSADA, I was not only mentored by Dr. Trepka and Dr. De La Rosa, but I had the opportunity to work with other experienced researchers, including other epidemiologists, statisticians, and social work and public health professionals. There was a collegial environment at the Center among the student trainees and professors that allowed us to develop rapport and a professional network, one that I still utilize. Since graduating, I continue to collaborate with other PhD graduates who also trained at the Center. During my time there, I presented at scientific conferences both within and outside of the United States and increased my publication record. My training at CRUSADA helped me to obtain a dissertation year grant, which was awarded to me by the Florida International University Graduate School in my final year. Upon the successful defense of my dissertation, I was accepted into the competitive Fogarty funded post-doctoral fellowship through Yale University as part of the Global Health Equity Scholars Program, which aims to train junior scientists as global health researchers."

"As a Yale University post-doctoral Global Health Fellow, I have been assigned to work at Asociación Civil Impacta Salud y Educación (IMPACTA) which is a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Lima, Peru. My work at IMPACTA focuses on HIV risk behavior and Alcohol Use Disorders among men who have sex with men (MSM), transgendered persons, and commercial sex workers in Lima. My training at CRUSADA was instrumental in my placement at Lima, and the skills I acquired at CRUSADA complimented my post-doctoral research plan for the fellowship. My experience at CRUSADA has been and undoubtedly will continue to be invaluable in my career development as a global health researcher and epidemiologist."

For more information on the Yale University Global Health Equity Scholars, Peru, click here.