College featured in 2019 UWM Research magazine

Miguel Tolentino is testing how effective infrared light can be as a treatment for symptoms of multiple sclerosis, or MS.

Miguel Tolentino is testing how effective infrared light can be as a treatment for symptoms of multiple sclerosis, or MS. (UWM Photo/Troye Fox)

The 2019 edition of the UWM Research magazine has launched, celebrating the stories and work of nearly 100 UWM faculty members, students and staff… including several of the College of Health Sciences’ own.

Shining a new light on MS treatment

Health sciences doctoral candidate Miguel Tolentino (pictured above) is investigating how sustained exposure to visible and infrared light lessens the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. He is working with Jeri-Anne Lyons, PhD, associate dean and professor. They consulted with Professor Janis Eells, PhD, Department of Biomedical Sciences, who studies the retina-healing powers of infrared light. Read the full story

The data behind earlier diagnoses

Assistant Professor Jake Luo, PhD, Department of Health Informatics & Administration, and UWM colleague Rohit Kate, PhD, are developing models and algorithms that predict health risks before the first symptoms manifest. Using large pools of data from digital medical records, they are creating computer programs that spot patterns, make associations and fill in missing information that can lead to earlier diagnoses. Read the full story

Fatherly love

City of Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik and CHS alumna (’02 BS Health Care Administration and ’13 PhD Health Sciences) is cited in an article praising Associate Professor Emmanuel Ngui from the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health for his work researching the father’s role in lowering African-American infant mortality rate. Kowalik also commented on the resources the city is using to help decrease the high amount of infant deaths. Read the full story

One of America’s top research universities

Professor Scott Strath, PhD, ACSM Fellow, Department of Kinesiology, Exercise Science & Health Promotion Unit, is one of UWM’s top researchers. He is included in the list of the 10 largest active grants of 2018. Strath is also director of the Center for Aging and Translational Research. Strath’s grant of $2.9 million over three years from the National Institutes of Health will be used to develop precise algorithms to predict different physical activity behaviors. Read the full story

The 60-page UWM Research magazine contains some 50 articles that showcase people from UWM’s other research-conducting schools and colleges. In addition to in-depth features, stunning photography and eye-catching design, there are sections that spotlight the new Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and UWM’s research on public health. The magazine also devotes sections to the impressive work of UWM’s undergraduate and graduate researchers. Together, these stories show why UWM is one of America’s top research universities.