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Washington faculty co-authors modeling study showing PrEP impact among sexual minority males

ASPPH, Thursday, November 15, 2018
Adolescent males who identify as gay or bisexual, or are sexually active with other males, are at high risk for HIV infection. Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) say pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) programs can significantly reduce this risk, especially in communities with high HIV burden. The study, published online Nov. 1 in the American Journal of Public Health, was co-authored by Dr. Steven Goodreau, a UW professor of anthropology and adjunct professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health. 

Washington researcher elected to board of Infectious Diseases Society of America

ASPPH, Friday, November 9, 2018

Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer for the public health department in Seattle and King County, Washington, was elected to the Board of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Dr. Duchin is also a professor of medicine at the University of Washington, adjunct professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health and member of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.

Washington researcher takes part in study finding genetic risk for chronic inflammation

ASPPH, Friday, November 9, 2018
Genes contributing to immune and metabolic processes may contribute to chronic inflammation, suggests a new study of genomic data from more than 200,000 individuals. Findings were published online Nov. 1 in the American Journal of Human Genetics. An international team of researchers – including Dr. Bruce Psaty from the University of Washington School of Public Health – performed a meta-analysis of two genome-wide association studies and searched for genetic sites associated with circulating C-reactive protein, a marker for chronic inflammation.

Breast Cancer Research Foundation funds 8 Fred Hutch/UW Cancer Consortium scientists

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Friday, November 9, 2018

Eight researchers in the Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington Cancer Consortium have received grants totaling nearly $2 million from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, or BCRF, funding that will continue to fuel their research through 2019. Among the grant recipients was Dr. Anne McTiernan, a research professor at the UW Department of Epidemiology, who will continue her research into the cancer prevention benefits of physical activity.

A new regional clinic aims to help diagnose rare disorders

HeraldNet, Tuesday, November 6, 2018
This fall, the UW School of Medicine and Children’s received a federal grant to establish a regional clinic with the aim of diagnosing rare and puzzling disorders. Epi Adjunct Professor Gail Jarvik has been selected to co-head the no-fee clinic. It will serve patients in Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Oregon.

Washington: Most U.S. adults don’t know there are more suicides by gun than homicides

ASPPH, Friday, November 2, 2018

Research led by the University of Washington School of Public Health, Northeastern University and Harvard University, delves into public perceptions of gun violence and the leading causes of death in the U.S. The study, published Oct. 30 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, seeks to facilitate national public discussions about firearm ownership and storage.

Doctors release new recommendations to reduce gun violence

CNN, Monday, October 29, 2018

the American College of Physicians released new recommendations on how doctors can play a role in reducing gun violence across the country. The recommendations, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday, had been planned for release before the recent wave of violence. The article refers to another paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine written by doctoral student, Erin Morgan, about the misperception of the frequency of gun-related deaths.

Washington: HPV vaccine is safe, effective method of protection for HIV-positive youth in Africa

ASPPH, Friday, October 26, 2018

In a new study, researchers at the University of Washington tested the safety and efficacy of the HPV vaccine on HIV-positive African youth and found a robust immune response to the vaccine. Epi professors Anna Wald and Jared Baeten, and adjunct professor Connie Celum co-authored the study.

HPV vaccine is safe, effective method of protection for HIV-positive youth in Africa

UW SPH News, Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Antiretroviral therapy has helped HIV-positive youth in sub-Saharan Africa to live longer lives and to reach ages at which they are likely to become sexually active. The other side of the coin comes with increased risk of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and some cancers. In a new study, researchers at the University of Washington tested the safety and efficacy of the HPV vaccine on HIV-positive African youth and found a robust immune response to the vaccine. Professor of Epidemiology Jared Baeten is a co-author of this study.

Heart health researcher Laura B. Harrington Joins KPWHRI

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Thursday, October 18, 2018

Dr. Laura B. Harrington, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist with a particular interest in cardiovascular risk among older women and risk factors associated with developing venous blood clots (called venous thromboembolisms—VTEs) in the legs, pelvis, and lungs. She first started studying cardiovascular health while completing her PhD in epidemiology at the University of Washington in 2014.