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Epi Stories

Four Epi students selected as translational research trainees

UW Epi News, Monday, March 5, 2018

Out of only 16 recipients, four University of Washington (UW) Department of Epidemiology (Epi) students were selected as TL1 Translational Research Training Program trainees at the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS). The UW program brings together a multi-disciplinary group of predoctoral students interested in a career in translational science. 

Fringe loan use linked to risk of poor health

UW Epi News, Monday, March 5, 2018

For many poor and working-class Americans, gaining access to a traditional bank or a credit line can be difficult. While the fringe banking industry--which includes payday lenders, pawnbrokers, car title lenders, and cash checkers--provides an alternative for these groups, it comes at a costly price.

Now, researchers have found that using fringe loan services may also come at the cost of the borrower’s health, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health and the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

UW Epidemiology staff member nominated for 2018 Distinguished Staff Award

UW Epi News, Friday, March 2, 2018

Barbara (Barb) McLaughlin, the Grants and Contracts Manager for the Department of Epidemiology, was nominated for the University of Washington’s highest staff honor, the 2018 Distinguished Staff Award. She was joined by faculty, staff, and family to celebrate her nomination during a reception for all Distinguished Staff nominees on February 27.

Sticking to the beat: How breaking your circadian rhythm can affect your health

UW Epi News, Thursday, February 15, 2018

We all have it – our own natural rhythm. Our 24-hour internal clock – known as circadian rhythm - oscillates precisely with daily cycles of light and dark. With a steady pace, it rises and falls, directing cycles of alertness and sleepiness. The mastery of this bodily conductor depends on one thing – the reliability of a dark night.

Alum Rachel Hanisch discusses the future of cancer research

UW Epi News, Friday, February 9, 2018

For Dr. Rachel Hanisch (Ph.D. ’12), the practice of epidemiology became a study of the world – how it works and how to improve it. While at the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology (Epi), Hanisch spent a summer in Senegal, a West African nation that moves to its own beat. Vibrant colors in city markets beckon like the sounds of steady Sabar drums; inland, dust settles on the dry months like slow, lazy beats. To Hanisch, this land and its people became a source of inspiration.

Placing neuroscience at the heart of population health epidemiology

UW Epi News, Thursday, February 8, 2018

Epidemiology has played a crucial role over the decades in understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and other common causes of dementia, like vascular disease and Lewy body disease. Yet, there are still more questions than answers about the causes, appropriate treatment, and preventive measures for dementia-related diseases.

Epi Welcomes New Chair: Stephen Hawes, Ph.D.

UW Epi News, Friday, January 26, 2018

Interim Dean Joel Kaufman has named Stephen Hawes, PhD, MS, the new Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, effective Feb. 16.

Hawes is an expert on human papillomavirus (HPV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemiology and cervical cancer epidemiology, and has been a faculty member since 2002.

SEAL Team awarded Global Innovation Fund grant

UW Epi News, Monday, December 18, 2017

The University of Washington Global Innovation Fund (GIF) has awarded the Department of Epidemiology’s SEAL Team program on Friday, December 15 with $15,000 to support the continuation and expansion of its international collaboration with the Zimbabwe Field Epidemiology Training Program (Zim FETP). The award will be matched by funds from the Department of Epidemiology, totaling the award to $25,000.

Epi welcomes new Communications Manager

UW Epi News, Friday, December 8, 2017

On December 27, 2017, the Department of Epidemiology will welcome Annie Pellicciotti as the new Communications Manager to lead the Department’s communications program. 

Annie, a Chicago-area native, received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature at Alfred University in upstate New York. During her Master’s program in Communications at Purdue University, Annie specialized in health communications and internationally-focused marketing and communications.

Fighting America’s syphilis outbreak with an app

UW Epi News, Monday, November 13, 2017

Syphilis, once an all but eradicated disease in the United States, appears to be making a worrisome comeback. Cases of the sexually transmitted infection (STI) have increased 17.6% from 2015 to 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Unlike most bacteria, T. pallidum - the bacteria responsible for syphilis - cannot be cultured in a laboratory, making it more difficult to diagnose and treat.