Our epidemiologic research focuses broadly on human pathobiology, using tools ranging from clinical examinations to molecular biology. Most of the activity within the epidemiology group involves the study of the syndromic conditions which cause the great majority of adult illness, namely, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, arteriosclerosis, and cancer. We have a special interest in racial and ethnic diversity in health, and a major thrust of our research pertains to the study of health in the African Diaspora.
Since 1990 the Department has been active in a wide range of international research and training projects. Much of our research has been carried out in sub-Saharan Africa or in the Caribbean. Our first large-scale project was the International Collaborative Study of Hypertension in Blacks (ICSHIB). Through 14 years of NIH funding we studied over 30,000 individuals in Nigeria, Cameroon, Barbados, St. Lucia, Jamaica and metropolitan Chicago, examining diet, psychosocial factors, body composition, energy expenditure, and genetic factorss. We have subsequently built on this network of to broaden our collaborations across Africa. Our primary focus at the present is on the relative contribution of energy intake vs energy expenditure to the risk of obesity. In addition we continue to be actively involved in genetic epidemiology of high blood pressure and obesity, with additional new projects on hepatitis and sickle cell.
We also have collaborative projects in Spain, Jamaica and Latin America – mainly Mexico and Cuba. These projects are mainly focused on the public health aspects of chronic diseases. A summary of our current projects is provided below, and a brief overview of completed studies appears in the following section. Additional links to global health at Stritch Medical School are provided at the bottom of this page.