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New research suggests that those who contribute most to pollution won't be affected by it

Bustle, Thursday, March 14, 2019

The United States has a major pollution inequity problem. New research suggests that a significant racial gap exists between who creates the most air pollution, and who suffers most from air pollution. The study reveals systemic racial inequities, says Anjum Hajat, professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington. Dr. Hajat proposes the question, “If you're contributing less to the problem, why do you have to suffer more from it?"

Racial gap found between those who pollute air and who breathes it

NPR, Monday, March 11, 2019

Pollution, much like wealth, is not distributed equally in the United States. A new study has found that air pollution is disproportionately caused by white Americans' consumption of goods and services, but disproportionately inhaled by black and Hispanic Americans. "This paper is exciting and really quite novel," says Anjum Hajat, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington. "Inequity in exposure to air pollution is well documented, but this study brings in the consumption angle," Hajat continues.

UW research yields findings that Seattle's minimum wage did not boost supermarket prices

ASPPH, Thursday, March 7, 2019

Seattle's minimum wage increases did not boost supermarket prices in the city in the two years after the policy began, according to new research out of the University of Washington. James Buszkiewicz, doctoral candidate with UW's Department of Epidemiology, acted as lead author of the study. 

UW faculty member wins Gilead grant to help eliminate hepatitis in Kenya

ASPPH, Thursday, March 7, 2019

A new project led by Dr. Brandon Guthrie, assistant professor of epidemiology and global health at UW, has received a two-year, $350,000 grant from Gilead Sciences to help achieve micro-elimination of hepatitis C in parts of Kenya. “We believe rapid action is needed to prevent and treat hepatitis C virus among persons who inject drugs in Kenya, particularly those co-infected with HIV,” said Dr. Guthrie, who is also alumnus of the School.

Second HIV patient 'cured' of the infection

KUOW, Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The news of a British man being functionally cured of HIV created a buzz at a conference on HIV/AIDS in Seattle. This is the second patient, the first being Seattleite Timothy Brown who became resistant 12 years ago, to combat the infection. Dr. Jared Baeten, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington, said this case is a reminder of how far HIV research has come since the 1980s.

Researchers present findings of second HIV patient to become virus-free

KOMO News, Tuesday, March 5, 2019

For just the second time ever, an HIV-patient is now in remission. Researchers detailed their findings in Seattle on Tuesday at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. They were quick to point out there is still not an official cure to HIV, though Dr. Jared Baeten with the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology said the findings encourage further research. “This gives us more hope about cure, and it emphasizes the importance of doing research to try and push to that end,” said Dr. Baeten.

Meet the 2019 Stand Up to Superbugs Ambassadors

PEW, Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A team from around the country will travel to Washington D.C. on March 5th as part of the Stand Up to Superbugs movement to meet with members of Congress and policymakers. These individuals are part of The Pew Charitable Trusts' network of survivors, farmers, doctors, researchers, and others with a personal connection to the issue of antibiotic resistance. Among these ambassadors is Jeffrey Duchin of the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology. 

NHLBI celebrates women scientists: Amanda Mae Fretts

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Amanda Fretts, assistant professor of epidemiology at UW, is written about and recognized by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Her background and achievements are celebrated in the article. 

UW epidemiology alumnus Dr. Adam Dingens receives 2019 Weintraub Award

Fred Hutch, Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Dr. Adam Dingens, a postdoctoral HIV researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is among 13 recipients of the institution's 2019 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in graduate studies in the biological sciences. Dingens received his Master's degree in epidemiology at UW before receiving his doctorate from the joint Fred Hutch/UW Molecular and Cellular Biology Program. 

How gun violence research is conducted at the UW when the government won’t fund it

The Daily UW, Friday, March 1, 2019

Deaths from firearms are on the rise in the United States.