Current Research

Research Funding and Interests

Bio5 Seed Grant for CoVID-19: Working with other faculty in Health Sciences we are leading an effort to create a cohort of CoVID-19 patients and population-based community controls in Arizona. Our goals are to determine what if any long-term outcomes patients may have related to this infection. In addition, we are working with other labs on campus to link our patients to conduct antibody testing.

FDA: The Pogreba-Brown lab received a grant from the FDA to better understand the chronic sequelae from foodborne infections. In 2017/2018, we focused on conducting a scoping review of the gastrointestinal and joint sequelae from foodborne infections, as well as completing data analysis on a pilot project for Campylobacter cases in Maricopa County, AZ. In 2018/2019, we our expanding upon the work from the first year by writing manuscripts from the data extracted during the scoping review and developing a physician survey that can be used to assess gastroenterologists knowledge and practices around treating chronic sequelae of foodborne infections.

USDA: The Pogreba-Brown lab received a grant from the USDA to help support their efforts to update the Cost Estimates of Foodborne Illness data product from the Economic Research Service. The goal for this project is to expand the data product from 15 to 31 pathogens and include evidence for sequelae that were not previously included. Through this project we hope to publish several systematic reviews to strengthen the evidence base in this field.

Start for Success: The Pogreba-Brown and Dr. Kerry Cooper labs received a seed grant from the University of Arizona Foundation to conduct a two-part pilot study. This study will develop a rat model for post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome as well as establish a pipeline for stool samples from Colorado and Arizona. We have used the pilot data from this project to submit an R01 grant with the NIH in Spring, 2019.

One Health: Food Safety: Dr. Pogreba-Brown is the program director for the One Health program at MEZCOPH. Students taking the One Health class participate in field exercises and collaborations with local One Health partners throughout the semester. Below are a few highlights of field exercises and collaborations in One Health:
Faculty at University of Arizona create One Health Program
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Campaign and One Health 
New Graduate Course Takes UA Public Health Students Inside Pima Animal Care Center

Student Aid for Field Epidemiology Response (SAFER): In addition to the SAFER class and training of graduate students for field epidemiology, we also conduct data analysis on the data collected from the call center for Campylobacter and Salmonella. In the past we have conducted a case-case analysis of Campylobacter and Salmonella cases, an analysis of differences in risk factors by ethnicity for Campylobacter cases, and assessed risk factors for sporadic and outbreak cases of Campylobacter. Through these analyses we hope to provide health departments with evidence-based knowledge on these routine surveillance cases.


Previous Projects

Campylobacter and long term outcomes of infection - Pilot Study

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (Arizona Department of Health Services)

Risk Assessment Projects

Surveillance Projects