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NMSU experts available to discuss Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Vaccination against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a virus that causes cervical cancer, continues to be controversial. While the New Mexico Senate has passed a bill requiring girls entering the sixth grade to be vaccinated against HPV, others believe the decision should rest with the girls' parents and doctors. The following New Mexico State University experts are available to discuss HPV.


John Moraros and Yelena Bird, medical doctors and college associate professors in New Mexico State University's Department of Health Science, have studied HPV for many years and are completing year-long National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute postdoctoral fellowships in oncology and public health with the University of Washington's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Moraros' fellowship is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of HPV from a public health, clinical and molecular biological standpoint. Last year, he and Bird received a $100,000 grant from the Center for Border Health Research to study HPV among Hispanic women living in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. They also have received a $450,000 grant to study HPV among Hispanic women north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Moraros and Bird have published several manuscripts about HPV in national and international journals with more articles considered for publication later this year.

Moraros can be contacted via email at jmoraros@nmsu.edu or jmoraros@fhcrc.org or by phone at (505) 571-7159 (cell) or (206) 667-2777 (office).

Bird can be contacted via email at yelena@nmsu.edu or ybird@fhcrc.org or by phone at (505) 571-7159 (cell) or (206) 667-7641 (office).

Moraros' and Bird's research is part of NMSU's continuing outreach efforts to help educate and improve the lives of citizens in our community, state and elsewhere. New Mexico State University has more then 350 faculty experts available on a variety of topics. For more NMSU Experts, visit http://www.nmsu.edu/~ucomm/database/index.php.