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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.

Society for Epidemiologic Research Excellence in Education Award named in honor of Professors Thomas Koepsell and Noel Weiss

UW Epi News, Friday, June 22, 2018

The Excellence in Education award given by the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) at its annual conference will be named in honor of University of Washington (UW) Department of Epidemiology (Epi) Professor Emeritus Thomas Koepsell and Professor Noel Weiss for their substantial contributions to the field of epidemiology. The announcement of the name change for the annual award was made by Epi Associate Professor and Chair Stephen Hawes at the SER meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on June 22.

EPI 514 Annual Presentations to be held Thursday

UW Epi News, Monday, May 28, 2018

For the last 37 years, the students enrolled in EPI 514 Application Of Epidemiologic Methods present their final projects to the Department of Epidemiology at the end of the Spring Quarter during the Super Epi 514 Results (SER) Meeting. EPI 514 gives graduate students in epidemiology the opportunity to gain “hands-on” experience analyzing data to answer a specific research question. This year, students analyzed datasets from the Washington State Birth Records.

Dr. Jennifer Jacobs releases new book on the dangers of overmedication

UW Epi News, Friday, May 18, 2018

Dr. Jennifer Jacobs, University of Washington Department of Epidemiology clinical assistant professor, released her book "Do You Really Need That Pill? How to Avoid Side Effects, Interactions, and Other Dangers of Overmedication." The book investigates the epidemic overuse of prescription drugs. 

Most gun-owning households in Washington state do not safely store firearms

UW Epi News, Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sixty-three percent of firearm-owning households in Washington state do not store their firearms locked and unloaded, according to researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health.