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Epi Stories

UW Takes Important Steps Toward Understanding Child Stunting

UW SPH News, Wednesday, January 11, 2017

About 162 million children worldwide under the age of five are considered too short for their age — a growth failure called stunting. Despite efforts to improve child growth, stunting has been difficult to prevent and treat, negatively impacting child health and development.

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health studied what causes child stunting and developed a framework to help deliver effective interventions in low-resource settings.

Department of Epidemiology Chair to be Retiring

UW Epi News, Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Victoria Holt, chair of the Department of Epidemiology, will retire from the University of Washington effective August 1, and will serve as chair until that date. Her departure will mark more than three decades of service to the department and School – first as a graduate student and then as a member of the faculty.

Alumna Emily Mosites is Hot on the Trail of Infectious Disease in the Arctic

UW Epi News, Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Emily Mosites is a disease detective. That’s what the CDC calls its team of Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers. When an outbreak hits, EIS officers deploy to the front lines and wage war. They have identified Legionnaires’, Zika, and Ebola, stopped outbreaks of diphtheria, and traced cases from E. coli to polio. In the midst of a public health crisis, they spend dizzying, 18-hour days trying to crack the case, identifying causes of mysterious outbreaks and implementing measures to protect the public.

The job is grueling, and she loves it. 

Disease Detectives: 3 Epi Alumna Join CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service

UW Epi News, Friday, December 16, 2016

Three Department of Epidemiology alumna have been selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers, a group more commonly referred to as “disease detectives.” The 2-year postdoctoral training program provides rigorous on-the-job training and mentoring as they support field investigations in the U.S. and around the world.

UW Alumna Named Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund

UW Epi News, Friday, October 28, 2016

University of Washington School of Public Health alumna Natalia Kanem (MPH 1990, Epidemiology) of Panama, was named Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director (Programme) of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and succeeds Kate Gilmore of Australia.

Epi student receives Distinguished Dissertation Award

UW Epi News, Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Department of Epidemiology PhD student, Kenneth Mugwanya, has received the UW Graduate School's 2016 Distinguished Dissertation Award for his dissertation, “Safety of oral tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-based pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention: prospective studies in HIV-uninfected men and women.” These prestigious awards recognize outstanding and exceptional scholarship and research at the doctoral level. Only one award is given in the Biologic and Life Sciences category across the entire university. Dr. Mugwanya will receive a $1,000 prize with the award.

Two Epi doctoral candidates have won prestigious F31 research fellowship grants from the National Institutes of Health

UW Epi News, Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Two doctoral candidates from the Department of Epidemiology have won prestigious F31 research fellowship grants from the National Institutes of Health. The purpose of these pre-doctoral awards is to enable students to obtain funding while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of a variety of NIH Institutes and Centers. 

Professor Joel Kaufman Named Interim Dean of Public Health

UW SPH News, Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Professor Joel Kaufman has been named interim dean of the UW School of Public Health, effective Sept. 24.

A long-time faculty member and researcher at the School, Kaufman is an internationally recognized expert in the relationship between environmental factors and cardiovascular disease, and in the health effects of exposure to ambient air pollutants, such as diesel exhaust.

Vulnerable Groups Can Have Quality Diets Despite Economic Constraints

UW Epi News, Friday, August 12, 2016

For years, issues of taste, cost and convenience helped explain why the highest rates of poor nutrition are found among minorities and the working poor.  Not only are fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains more expensive, they are also less likely to be available in low-income neighborhoods. The idea was: you improve access, you improve nutrition.

Pushing the boundaries: UW Medicine’s ‘most influential’ scientists

UW Medicine, Friday, July 1, 2016

Thomson Reuters, a global information agency, identified the world's “most influential scientific minds” — investigators whose scholarly work was most often cited by their fellow researchers. Bruce Psaty, Department of Epidemiology Professor, is among them. Watch the brief video interview which describes his areas of focus and his motivation.