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.
EoE Tooth Fairy Study
Eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases (EGIDs) include eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), gastritis, gastroenteritis, and colitis. These conditions are chronic and can have a profound impact on quality of life. For example, children can experience an intolerance to food and, ultimately, failure to thrive. Elizabeth Jensen, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Prevention, has been studying etiologic factors in the development of EGIDs, finding evidence that early life factors, in particular antibiotic use, may be associated with development of these conditions. Dr. Jensen, together and UNC collaborator, Dr. Evan Dellon, are conducting the EoE Tooth Fairy Study, which will recruit children with and without EoE. Baby teeth (saved for the tooth fairy!) will be obtained for study as they provide a signature of exposures in early life such as antibiotic use, breastmilk, infant formula, and solid foods. These patterns can be measured by microspatial analyses as shown in the figure. While studying these uncommon conditions is challenging, the potential rewards are great, with these studies providing some of the earliest clues on how and why these conditions may be increasing.
Investigators include: Carl Langefeld, PhD, Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Data Science, Tim Howard, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Anca Safta, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Angie Almond, Med, RD, Tooth Fairy Study Project Manager, Department of Pediatrics.
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.