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New strategies to support PrEP, combat HIV infection among young women and girls in Africa

SPH News, Monday, September 9, 2019

A new review by researchers at the University of Washington indicate that community and peer support, along with longer-lasting drug alternatives, will be essential to combating HIV infection among young women and adolescent girls in Africa. Dr. Connie Celum, adjunct professor with UW’s Department of Epidemiology, was lead author of this study.

How firearms retailers talk about suicide

KUOW, Thursday, September 5, 2019

A podcast that covers a conversation between a firearms retailer and a writing range renter about looking for customers who may be suicidal. A study co-authored by faculty in the Department of Epidemiology is mentioned.

How do patients’ genes affect their medication choice?

Kaiser Permanente, Friday, August 30, 2019

Researchers at the University of Washington have found that neurological side effects from the anti-seizure medication phenytoin are more common in patients with certain genetic variants. Dr Alison Fohner, assistant professor with UW’s Department of Epidemiology, was lead author of this study.

Mumps Cases Reported in Migrant Detention Centers a Likely Harbinger

Medscape, Thursday, August 29, 2019

The mumps outbreak in multiple migrant detention facilities in the U.S. is a warning for how easily other disease can spread in these settings. Jeffrey Duchin, adjunct professor with UW’s Department of Epidemiology, is quoted.

Washington: Professor Awarded $620,000 from Gates Foundation to Interrupt Transmission of Parasitic Worms

ASPPH, Thursday, August 22, 2019

Dr. Judd Walson, adjunct professor with UW’s Department of Epidemiology, recently received more than $620,000 in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to further develop a molecular diagnostic platform for the detection of soil transmitted helminths, commonly known as parasitic worms.

Washington: Professor Receives Nathan Mantel Lifetime Achievement Award

ASPPH, Thursday, August 22, 2019

The American Statistical Association has honored Dr. Elizabeth Halloran, professor with UW’s Department of Epidemiology, with the 2019 Nathan Mantel Lifetime Achievement Award for her landmark contributions to statistical methods for infectious disease epidemiology and her applications of those methods to important scientific problems.

Majority of African Women Express Interest in Using HIV Antiretroviral Vaginal Ring

Infectious Disease Advisor, Thursday, August 22, 2019

Research conducted by the University of Washington found that a majority of women in four African countries were interested in and adhered to the use of a dapivirine vaginal ring to reduce their risk of contracting HIV. The monthly dapivirine ring could represent another option for women seeking to protect themselves from HIV. Dr. Jared Baeten, professor with UW’s Department of Epidemiology, was lead investigator of this study.

Washington: Repurposing a Text-mining Tool to Improve Classification of Sepsis Patients

ASPPH, Thursday, August 22, 2019

Alison Fohner, assistant professor with UW’s Department of Epidemiology, has adapted a text-mining tool to identify new patterns in the electronic health records (EHR) of sepsis patients that could lead to more precise treatment of patients.

Washington: Carey Farquhar Named Vice Dean for Education

ASPPH, Thursday, August 22, 2019

Dr. Carey Farquhar, professor with UW’s Department of Epidemiology, has been named the new Vice Dean for Education at the University of Washington School of Public Health, where she will oversee curricula for degree programs, and steer the School of Public Health through the accreditation process, among other work.

Long-term exposure to air pollution is like smoking a pack of cigarettes a day

World Economic Forum, Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Researchers at the University of Washington have found that long-term exposure to air pollution could increase the risk of chronic illnesses, especially emphysema. Dr. Joel Kaufman, professor with UW’s Department of Epidemiology, was senior co-author of this study.