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KYCOM welcomes representatives from Centers for Disease Control

June 01, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Representatives from the National Institute for Occupational Safety with Health (NIOSH) recently served as guest speakers for the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (KYCOM) “Current Issues in Medicine” weekly lecture. Scott Laney and David Blackley delivered their presentation, “Resurgence of Black Lung in Central Appalachia,” to first- and second-year medical students.

Laney and Blackley are epidemiologists with the Respiratory Health Division of NIOSH, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their work involves epidemiologic research and outbreak response for both infectious and non-infectious diseases. At NIOSH, their primary responsibility is to analyze medical surveillance data with an emphasis on lung disease in coal miners.

The pair recently partnered with Brandon Crum, D.O., radiologist and alumnus of KYCOM, to investigate a cluster of severe coal workers’ pneumoconiosis in Eastern Kentucky coal miners and have led recent NIOSH efforts to investigate and report on the resurgence of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis in Appalachia.  



Pictured, from left, William T. Betz, D.O., MBA, FACOFP, dist., senior associate dean for osteopathic education at KYCOM; Scott Laney, David Blackley and Brandon Crum, D.O.

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