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Kymberle Sterling’s research aims to reverse decades of tobacco marketing aimed at minorities, youth

Photo of Kymberle Sterling, DrPH, MPH

February 22, 2022

Kymberle Sterling, DrPH, MPH, has spent her career combating the tobacco industry’s efforts to attract new smokers.

Sterling is something of an anti-marketer, looking for ways to fight tobacco’s marketing efforts to make their products attractive to teens as well as its targeted efforts to sell certain products within minority communities, including African American, Hispanic, and LGTBQ+.

Mena to serve on World Triathlon Sustainability Commission

Photo of Kristina Mena, PhD, MSPH.

February 18, 2022

Kristina Mena, PhD, MSPH, regional dean of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) School of Public Health El Paso campus has been appointed to the World Triathlon Sustainability Commission. Mena will serve as a representative of the United States and work in conjunction with USA Triathlon, the national governing body for several multisport events in the U.S. Mena is tasked with the responsibility to develop a plan and creative solutions for the environmental considerations in all policy making and events with key stakeholders and local event organizers.

Classification system shows which patients would benefit from PFO closure

Phoebe Dow tied the knot with Travis Keeter in December 2020 – 15 years after she suffered a PFO-associated stroke and participated in a life-saving trial at UTHealth Houston. (Photo courtesy of Phoebe Dow)

February 18, 2022

Phoebe Dow was among nearly 1,000 patients to participate in the RESPECT trial, a national, randomized clinical trial led locally by Richard Smalling, MD, PhD, which over the course of 12 years compared outcomes between patients who received the PFO closure with medical therapy versus patients who received medical therapy alone. The results from this trial and five others conducted globally from 2000-2017 were analyzed in a paper recently published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, which was co-authored by Smalling.

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