WVU’s Marsh to lead COVID-19 efforts for West Virginia

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice named Dr. Clay Marsh, West Virginia University’s vice president and executive dean for Health Sciences, the state’s COVID-19/Coronavirus Czar during a news conference at the Capitol Complex in Charleston on Thursday (March 26).

About 8 percent of West Virginia babies are exposed to alcohol shortly before birth

Just because a pregnant woman is nearing her due date doesn’t mean it’s safe for her to drink alcohol. Alcohol exposure in the third trimester can still cause her baby developmental problems later in life, including difficulty with language, memory and focusing. WVU researchers Candice Hamilton, Amna Umer, Collin John and Christa Lilly were part of an investigation into how often West Virginia babies are exposed to alcohol in the last two to four weeks before their birth. They found that about 8 percent of newborns statewide had markers for prenatal alcohol exposure in their blood.

When physical activity extends beyond PE class

West Virginia University researchers Nancy O’Hara Tompkins and Lesley Cottrell have launched a project to help teachers increase physical activity in West Virginia's public school classrooms.

WVU, Monongalia County Health Department establish Academic Health Department to enhance public health training, research and service

Top-tier training, research and service opportunities will remain at the forefront for students in the School of Public Health as West Virginia University and the Monongalia County Health Department establish an Academic Health Department, reinforcing the School’s commitment to give students learning experiences based in real-world public health practice.

WVU researcher studies link between caffeine, sleep and alcohol use in middle-schoolers

Most research into young people’s drinking habits focuses on high school and college students, yet middle-schoolers are at a critical age for alcohol-abuse prevention. Alfgeir Kristjansson, an associate professor in the WVU School of Public Health, is studying two potential targets for preventing middle schoolers from using alcohol: caffeine consumption and sleep deprivation.