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Epi Stories

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.

Department of Epidemiology welcomes new staff member

UW Epi News, Thursday, November 9, 2017

Shannon Reed will be joining the Department of Epidemiology staff as a Program Operations Specialist to manage the Department’s payroll, appointment, and finance details. In this role, she will serve as the lead for the Department’s Workday business processes. 

Shannon is a Pacific Northwest native. She grew up in Auburn, Washington, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Western Washington University in Bellingham. She has been a lifetime Huskies fan.

Public Health - Seattle & King County Awards $600,000 to Improve Adolescent Vaccination Coverage

UW Epi News, Friday, November 3, 2017

Faculty from the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health will be awarded $600,000 by the Public Health - Seattle & King County Best Starts for Kids initiative to investigate ways for improving adolescent vaccination coverage in King County.

The grant money, distributed over three years, will help to establish the Best Starts for Kids Adolescent Immunization Learning Collaborative, a partnership between the University of Washington’s Northwest Center for Public Health Practice and the Departments of Epidemiology and Pediatrics.

Health program evaluation course helps bridge the knowledge gap for public health epidemiologists

UW Epi News, Thursday, November 2, 2017

For a public health program to function optimally, epidemiologists in health departments collect metrics to assess what worked and what didn’t. This framework for monitoring and evaluation links program performance to health outcomes and is integral to improving community health. Yet many epidemiologists have never had formal training on how to measure a program’s effectiveness.

Washington Researcher Contributes to International Breast Cancer Genetics Study

UW Epi News, Monday, October 23, 2017

There are seventy-two previously unknown gene mutations that lead to the development of breast cancer, according to a new study by a major international collaboration involving hundreds of researchers around the world, including a co-investigator from the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health.