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Epi Stories

Dr. Bennet Omalu spotlights a profoundly inconvenient truth

UW Epi News, Thursday, September 28, 2017

Dr. Bennet Omalu practices the science of death. He is a forensic pathologist and investigates the specific cause and manner of death, particularly in cases where it has not occurred by natural causes. 

He has investigated over 12,000 cases, but one changed his life forever.

Pilot study aimed at improving health of Native American families

UW Epi News, Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The earliest American Indians lived on what they could hunt and forage. They had an active lifestyle and a nutrient-rich diet. But much has changed since then.
 
Beginning in the 17th century, the federal government began relegating American Indians to reservations in remote pockets of the U.S., far from their homelands and their original sources of food. Diets based on hunting, gathering, and gardening have since been replaced by highly processed foods. Instead of supermarkets, grocery stores, and farmer’s markets, many communities are served by convenience stores.

Remembering Dr. John A. H. Lee

UW Epi News, Thursday, September 21, 2017

Dr. John A. H. Lee, a founding faculty member in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, passed away on August 31, 2017 at the age of 92.

Lee was born and raised on the Isle of Wight in England. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh Medical School, he served as an officer in the British Army in Malaysia (Yorkshire Regiment). He joined the UW Department of Epidemiology in 1966 shortly before the official formation of the School of Public Health.

Izzy Brandstetter is inside the mumps outbreak

UW Epi News, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

As the number of mumps cases across Washington State continues to rise, Izzy Brandstetter, a Disease Research and Intervention Specialist at Public Health – Seattle & King County and Master’s of Public Health student in Epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health, is busy helping to understand and slow the spread of the disease.

Mumps is a contagious virus that causes fever, headache, muscle aches, puffy cheeks and jaw pain. In Washington, health care providers, facilities, and labs are required to notify public health authorities of suspected cases.

When school is out, Epi students make the most of it

UW Epi News, Friday, September 15, 2017

When school is out for summer, it’s time to put the classroom lessons into practice. Some try to build on their newly-earned skills by attending summer courses or institutes while others focus on their research projects. Regardless of the experience, one thing is clear: epi students aren’t waiting for graduation to get their first foray in the field.

Here’s how three of our students used the downtime over the summer to gain some practical experience.

Washington faculty awarded APHA’s Abraham Lilienfeld Award

UW Epi News, Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Dr. Noel Weiss, former Chair and current professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington’s School of Public, has won the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Abraham Lilienfeld Award that recognizes excellence in the teaching of epidemiology during the course of a career. He will accept the award on November 6 at the APHA annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
 

Victoria Holt talks line lists, legacy, retirement, and more

UW Epi News, Wednesday, August 9, 2017

In 1982 Victoria Holt was an assistant to a midwife doing homebirths in Kitsap County. Curious about why some women had babies with high birth weights, she began to collect and organize data.
 

Epi researcher outlines priorities for little-known sexually transmitted infection

UW Epi News, Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Researchers are getting closer to understanding the long-term impact of Mycoplasma genitalium, the often asymptomatic sexually transmitted infection that bears some resemblance to other well-known STIs like gonorrhea and chlamydia. Understanding the impact of this emerging pathogen is key to determining whether screening is needed and to informing treatment recommendations.

Remembering Dr. Fredric Wolf

UW Epi News, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Dr. Fredric Wolf, whose highly cited meta-analysis work had an immeasurable impact on physician practices and patient outcomes, died July 23 at the age of 71. He had been battling two cancers for over a decade.

Wolf had a long career in both medical education and biomedical informatics. After six years in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, he returned to the U.S. with the intent of getting an MS in education and then returning to Costa Rica as a teacher. However, his plans changed after he discovered a passion for medical education and quantitative research.

Native American casinos linked to lower childhood obesity rates

UW SPH News, Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Study of Native American casinos in California finds an increase in slot machines linked to lower rates of childhood obesity

Obesity, like other chronic diseases, disproportionately affects lower income Americans. But demonstrating whether and how income levels might cause obesity remains a challenge for public health researchers.