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Rebecca Brander: Perfecting the handoff to improve child health outcomes

UW Epi News, Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Raising healthy children is like a track relay event. For children born in contexts where they are at a higher risk for disease, the handoff of the baton to them isn’t as smooth as it could be. It is difficult to recover from a poor handoff, and it has implications for the child’s entire life, which affects the whole population. For Rebecca Brander, a third year doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology, the inability to handoff the baton properly to the next generation is a social justice issue.

Suicide more prevalent than homicide in US, but most Americans don’t know it

UW Epi News, Tuesday, October 30, 2018

In the United States, suicide is twice as common as homicide — and more often involves firearms — but public perception is just the opposite. News reports, movies and TV shows may contribute to the perception of a high risk of firearm homicide, authors of a new study say, leaving a substantial gap between ideas and reality and potentially leading to further danger.

Ph.D. student Natasha Ludwig-Barron receives NIH Diversity Supplement to investigate drug injections and HIV in Kenya

UW Epi News, Wednesday, October 24, 2018

As a Mexican-American, first-generation college student, University of Washington Department of Epidemiology (Epi) Ph.D. student Natasha Ludwig-Barron notes the importance of diversity supplements as a valuable resource to underrepresented students, whose backgrounds can contribute diverse perspectives to global research.

Epi welcomes new HR Associate

UW Epi News, Wednesday, October 10, 2018

As the new HR Associate to the University of Washington (UW) Department of Epidemiology (Epi) and Department of Health Services, Donna Timbrook will provide support and coordinate numerous Workday functions. 

New Faculty Spotlight: Alison Fohner

UW Epi News, Thursday, October 4, 2018

For University of Washington Department of Epidemiology (Epi) Assistant Professor Alison Fohner, microscopic DNA offers a big view into population health.

New Faculty Spotlight: Kristjana Asbjornsdottir

UW Epi News, Friday, September 28, 2018
When Dr. Kristjana Asbjornsdottir arrived at the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology (Epi) in 2009 to start her MPH studies, she did not realize she would begin a near decade-long partnership with the department – from student to faculty member. Now Acting Assistant Professor in the department, Asbjornsdottir reflects on a life dedicated to public health, beginning as a 10-year-old in HIV-stricken Malawi. 

Epi faculty awarded Royalty Research Fund to study stress, health in low-income families

UW Epi, Monday, August 20, 2018

Assistant professor of epidemiology Anjum Hajat and colleagues at the University of Washington Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Government have been awarded $39,000 from the selective Royalty Research Fund (RRF). The award will help Hajat and her co-investigators set up a pilot study to gather initial data that will explore the relationships between household finances and health.

Police, hospital records show warning signs of future firearm injury

UW Epi, Thursday, August 16, 2018

An individual’s history of substance use, mental disorder and arrest can indicate an elevated risk of getting shot, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health. These warning signs illustrate the growing challenges healthcare and police personnel face in recognizing someone at risk of firearm injury.

Alum Divya Patil receives Fulbright to study postpartum depression in India

UW Epi News, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

At nearly 3,000 feet above sea level on the hot Deccan Plateau sits Bangaluru (Bangalore), India. From first glance, Bangaluru embodies the visitor’s view of India – monsoon and marigold, colors and movement, old and new world. When looking closer at Bangaluru, an observer will see that it is exquisitely complex, balancing significant advancements in technology and science and crushing poverty and disease.

UW researchers contribute to international study finding genetic link to psychiatric disorders

UW Epi News, Monday, June 25, 2018

Psychiatric disorders share genetic links, according to a new study of the genomes of more than 1 million people by the Brainstorm Consortium, which includes researchers from the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine.