The Division of Public Health Sciences (PHS) at Wake Forest School of Medicine identifies strategies to enhance public health and prevent disease. PHS is a group of public health-oriented faculty and staff whose activities focus on developing better strategies for maintaining the health of the entire community.
Diversity is a part of who we are. Public Health Sciences is committed to recognizing, uplifting and supporting marginalized communities in our work and in our daily lives.
Research SpotlightOur quarterly Research Spotlight showcases a research project in the Division of Public Health Sciences and the team members involved, highlighting their research focus and accomplishments.
MoTrPAC (The Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium) is a national research consortium designed to discover and perform preliminary characterization of the range of molecular transducers (the "molecular map") that underlie the effects of exercise in humans. The program's goal is to study the molecular changes that occur during and shortly after exercise and their role in health across the lifespan. The program is the largest targeted NIH investment of funds into the mechanisms of how physical activity improves health and prevents disease.
Members of the Department of Biostatistics and Data Science comprise the Data Management, Analysis, and Quality Control (DMAQC) Center as part of the Consortium Coordinating Center (CCC). The DMAQC manages data, operations, and analyses for 3 Pre-Clinical Animal Sites, 11 Chemical Analysis Sites, 10 adult Clinical Sites, and 1 pediatric Clinical Site. They also collaborate with the MoTrPAC Bioinformatics Center at Stanford and partners in the CCC at the Administrative Coordinating Center at the University of Florida (Pahor, MPI), the Central Biorepository at the University of Vermont (Tracy, MPI), and the Exercise Intervention Core (Rejeski, MPI) at the Wake Forest University Reynolda campus. For the BDS Coordinating Center team, working in this multi-disciplinary environment has brought challenges in terms of new terminology, new technology and complex data tracking challenges, but also led to a strong sense of teamwork and bonding to overcome challenges and open new avenues of research and discovery.
WFSM Study Team: Mike Miller (MPI),Jack Rejeski (MPI), Andrea Anderson, Jerry Barnes, Kate Boyer, Sarah Bruschi, Haiying Chen, Shyh-Huei Chen, Delilah Cook, Fang-Chi Hsu, Julie Hu, Laura Lovato, John Nichols, June Pierce, Eric Reynolds, Joe Rigdon, Scott Rushing, Santiago Saldana, Courtney Simmons, Debbie Steinberg, Cindy Stowe, Shannon Suggs, Jennifer Talton, Mike Walkup, Christopher Webb, Jack White, Barb Nicklas, Tony Marsh, and Jason Fanning.
PHS 30th Anniversary Celebration
2019 marked the 30th anniversary of the Division of Public Health Sciences. To celebrate that important milestone, PHS organized a Scientific Symposium highlighting current work and featuring a panel of speakers from across the U.S.