Department of Epidemiology announces new staff position
Sixtine Gurrey will be joining the Department of Epidemiology staff as a Communications Specialist to contribute to their growing communications team. Sixtine received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and French from the University of Florida in 2012. Since graduating, she has dedicated much of her professional career to exploring the impact of storytelling through digital and traditional communications.
Two Epi students named Tobacco Studies Scholars
Two Epi students have received scholarships from the Tobacco Studies Program to pursue research on the impact of tobacco on public health in order to develop the prevention, control, and treatment workforce.
Tuberculosis expert receives local public health award
Masa Narita, adjunct professor of epidemiology and global health at the University of Washington School of Public Health, received the Noreen Harris Award for Excellence in Public Health Epidemiology for his work in tuberculosis (TB) surveillance and epidemiology. The award is presented annually by Public Health – Seattle & King County.
Narita is the TB disease control officer for King County in Washington state, and he has been at the helm of the Tuberculosis Control Program (TBCP) at Public Health – Seattle & King County for 12 years.
UW Takes Important Steps Toward Understanding Child Stunting
About 162 million children worldwide under the age of five are considered too short for their age — a growth failure called stunting. Despite efforts to improve child growth, stunting has been difficult to prevent and treat, negatively impacting child health and development.
Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health studied what causes child stunting and developed a framework to help deliver effective interventions in low-resource settings.
Department of Epidemiology Chair to be Retiring
Victoria Holt, chair of the Department of Epidemiology, will retire from the University of Washington effective August 1, and will serve as chair until that date. Her departure will mark more than three decades of service to the department and School – first as a graduate student and then as a member of the faculty.
Alumna Emily Mosites is Hot on the Trail of Infectious Disease in the Arctic
Emily Mosites is a disease detective. That’s what the CDC calls its team of Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers. When an outbreak hits, EIS officers deploy to the front lines and wage war. They have identified Legionnaires’, Zika, and Ebola, stopped outbreaks of diphtheria, and traced cases from E. coli to polio. In the midst of a public health crisis, they spend dizzying, 18-hour days trying to crack the case, identifying causes of mysterious outbreaks and implementing measures to protect the public.
The job is grueling, and she loves it.
Disease Detectives: 3 Epi Alumna Join CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service
Three Department of Epidemiology alumna have been selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers, a group more commonly referred to as “disease detectives.” The 2-year postdoctoral training program provides rigorous on-the-job training and mentoring as they support field investigations in the U.S. and around the world.
UW Alumna Named Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund
University of Washington School of Public Health alumna Natalia Kanem (MPH 1990, Epidemiology) of Panama, was named Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director (Programme) of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and succeeds Kate Gilmore of Australia.
Epi student receives Distinguished Dissertation Award
Department of Epidemiology PhD student, Kenneth Mugwanya, has received the UW Graduate School's 2016 Distinguished Dissertation Award for his dissertation, “Safety of oral tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-based pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention: prospective studies in HIV-uninfected men and women.” These prestigious awards recognize outstanding and exceptional scholarship and research at the doctoral level. Only one award is given in the Biologic and Life Sciences category across the entire university. Dr. Mugwanya will receive a $1,000 prize with the award.
Two Epi doctoral candidates have won prestigious F31 research fellowship grants from the National Institutes of Health
Two doctoral candidates from the Department of Epidemiology have won prestigious F31 research fellowship grants from the National Institutes of Health. The purpose of these pre-doctoral awards is to enable students to obtain funding while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of a variety of NIH Institutes and Centers.