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Exercise Benefits Hippocampus in Adults at Risk for Alzheimer’s

A study of older adults at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease shows that moderate physical activity may protect brain health and stave off shrinkage of the hippocampus– the brain region responsible for memory and spatial orientation that is attacked first in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. J. Carson Smith, a kinesiology researcher in the University of Maryland School of Public Health who conducted the study, says that while all of us will lose some brain volume as we age, those with an increased genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease typically show greater hippocampal atrophy over time. The findings are published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

Join Us for Maryland Day, April 26

The School of Public Health is hosting more than 25 events at Maryland Day. Highlights include an interactive health fair with free screenings (including STD, oral cancer, blood pressure and more), an opportunity to meet United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps Officers, a health equity drum circle aiming to break a Guinness World Record for the largest hand drum ensemble, a Maryland on the Move treasure hunt activity (which enters you to win a gift card), a Gymkana acrobatics show and yoga sessions on the mall.

Partake in a variety of fun activities to learn how public health makes a difference in all of our lives.

Send Public Health Without Borders Students to Sierra Leone

Public Health Without Borders, a student-run organization at the School of Public Health, is raising money to help improve the health of families and children in Sierra Leone. Your contribution will help pay for the airfare for UMD students to travel to the community of Calaba Town and for the educational materials they will use to teach young children about water sanitation, hygiene and health literacy skills. Click HERE to make a donation today!

ADAPT Program Prepares Underrepresented Students for Careers in Aging Research: Apply Now

The Aging, Diversity And Professional Training (ADAPT) program, funded by the National Institutes of Health and directed by Kinesiology Professor Jim Hagberg, provides under-represented and disadvantaged undergraduate students with research, ethics, and career development training. Students will work closely with School of Public Health faculty members and PhD student mentors and will receive both academic credit and research experience designed to make them more competitive graduate school applicants. Mentor expertise will range from laboratory-based bench research to applied community-based and community participatory research. Applications for 2014 are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Apply to SPH Graduate Degree Programs through SOPHAS

As of September 3, 2013, applications to most graduate programs in the University of Maryland School of Public Health are processed through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). For more information, visit Graduate programs, Application Requirements and Deadlines. Only the Couple and Family Therapy MS program and the Family Science PhD program are NOT available through SOPHAS. Applicants to these programs must submit the University of Maryland Online Graduate Application.

Samuel Clevenger and Oliver Rick named as Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Awardees : Congrats to Samuel..
(April 24, 2014)

Three SPH students receive awards at Graduate Research Interaction Day (GRID) : School of Public Health..
(April 23, 2014)

SPH Undergraduate to Present at Food Safety Conference in Shanghai : Brooks Leitner, an undergraduate student..
(April 23, 2014)

Maryland Study Provides Tool to Measure HIV Stigma in Family Members of People with HIV : A new set of scales..
(April 23, 2014)

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