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Lyons awarded $20,000 to study link between injury, treatment & chronic prescription drug use

UW Epi News, Friday, December 14, 2018

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) at the University of Washington (UW) has awarded Vivian Lyons, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology, with a $20,000 grant to study the association between injuries, treatment and chronic opioid and benzodiazepine use in Washington State.

New Faculty Spotlight: Stephen Mooney

UW Epi News, Monday, December 10, 2018

According to University of Washington Department of Epidemiology (Epi) Acting Assistant Professor Stephen Mooney, the world around us can dictate our health. From pedestrian dangers to physical activity opportunities, our environment is related to our health outcomes. Mooney also conducts research at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center on improving these outcomes.

Epi faculty and student nominated for UW teaching award

UW Epi News, Saturday, December 8, 2018

Two members of the Department of Epidemiology (Epi) have been nominated for the university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award: Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, the Bartley Dobb Professor for Study and Prevention of Violence, and Mary Fan, a professor of law at the University of Washington (UW) and a doctoral student in the Epi department.

For households with children, alcohol misuse and unsafely stored firearms can be a dangerous mix

UW Epi News, Monday, November 19, 2018

For children living with an adult who misuses alcohol, there may be an increased risk of self-harm, unintentional injury, or interpersonal violence. Considering these risks, researchers at the University of Washington, the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center and the Injury and Violence Prevention Unit in Seattle and King County investigated firearm storage in among gun-owning households.

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.