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

UW EPI NEWS | February 15, 2018
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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...


Alum Rachel Hanisch discusses the future of cancer research

UW EPI NEWS | February 9, 2018
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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...


Placing neuroscience at the heart of population health epidemiology

UW EPI NEWS | February 8, 2018
4 minutes to read

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. The World Health Organization estimates 50 million people are affected by dementia worldwide,...


Epi welcomes new chair: Stephen Hawes, Ph.D.

UW EPI NEWS | February 8, 2018
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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....


Dr. Bennet Omalu spotlights a profoundly inconvenient truth

UW EPI NEWS | September 28, 2017
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Dr. Bennet Omalu practices the science of death. He is a forensic pathologist and investigates the specific cause and manner of death, particularly in cases where it has not occurred by natural causes.  He has investigated over 12,000 cases, but one changed his life forever. Early in his career, working at the Allegheny County Coroner’s...


Karr wins Presidential Early Career Award

UW EPI NEWS | April 10, 2017
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Catherine Karr, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences and adjunct professor of epidemiology, was named a recipient of the 2017 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. It’s the highest honor given by the U.S. government to early-career scientists and engineers. Awardees are selected for their “pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of...


Katie Curran finds her place between science and service

UW EPI NEWS | March 16, 2017
4 minutes to read

Katie Curran’s passion for social justice through public health service has taken her all over world, from India and Tanzania to Switzerland and Mozambique. And her story has only just begun. Growing up in Atlanta with a father who worked for the CDC, her path toward public health was always a natural one. This early...


Alumna Emily Mosites is hot on the trail of infectious disease in the Arctic

UW EPI NEWS | December 21, 2016
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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...


Grep Calip (’13) Offers Career Advice for Aspiring Epidemiologists

UW EPI NEWS | December 15, 2015
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HometownChicago, IL ProgramEpidemiology, PhD Grad Year2014 Research InterestPharmacoepidemiology and cancer epidemiology What was it that inspired you to pursue a career in epidemiology?My first “exposure” to epidemiology was during pharmacy school. As a PharmD, many of my clinical interests were in hematology/oncology and an understanding of basic epidemiologic research methods was requisite to that field....


Meet the UW Epi Graduates of 2020

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The Department of Epidemiology is proud to present the class of 2020 epidemiology graduates! We are proud of every individual for achieving this milestone in their academic career and wish them the best for the next chapter in their public health work. Please join us in celebrating the next wave of public health epidemiologists to their...


Angie Marie Buck Reflects on 20 years in Epi Department

UW EPI NEWS |
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Over the last 20 years, Angie Marie Buck has seen a lot of change in the Department of Epidemiology. As the department’s Academic Human Resources (HR) and the Executive Assistant to the Chair since 1999, Angie has worked with five department chairs, seen students graduate and faculty go through the career progression from assistant to...


Amanda Phipps named Associate Chair of Epidemiology Department

UW EPI NEWS |
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Associate Professor Amanda Phipps, Ph.D., MPH, has been named the new Associate Chair of the Department of Epidemiology, effective on October 1, 2019.  In her new role, Amanda will support the Chair, Professor Stephen Hawes, Ph.D., in developing and implementing the department’s strategic vision, managing the department’s faculty mentoring program, and strengthening collaborative relationships with partner...


Cassie Atkinson-Edwards Joins UW Epi as Manager of Special Projects

UW EPI NEWS |
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The University of Washington (UW) Department of Epidemiology is excited to welcome Cassie Atkinson-Edwards to the team as Manager of Special Projects. Cassie will provide broad-based project management oversight across numerous department initiatives and priorities, in addition to serving as the lead for department events and implementing comprehensive community building activities.  Prior to this role,...


Help us Achieve our vision for Epi 2020

UW EPI NEWS |
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The UW Department of Epidemiology is at an exciting crossroads. As we approach the new year, we have a unique opportunity to expand programs that enhance the student experience, elevate our research and expertise, and foster community. Learn more about our goals for #EPI2020 and how you can help.


Patrick-Beresford Fellow Flavia Kapos explores social determinants of chronic pain

UW EPI NEWS |
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Flavia Kapos, a doctoral candidate in the University of Washington (UW) Department of Epidemiology, is interested in understanding social factors that contribute to the development of chronic pain, in order to identify potential strategies to address pain disparities. This novel approach in applying social determinants of health theory and methods to this issue has landed her the 2019-2020 Patrick-Beresford Fellowship in Social Epidemiology.


Shirley Beresford: Seizing opportunities to make an impact

UW EPI NEWS |
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends that women of reproductive age consume folic acid each day to help prevent neural tube defects (NTDs). Ahead of her retirement, we sat down with Shirley Beresford, PhD, and learned more about her contributions to the field of folic acid research, and the many other opportunities Dr. Beresford has seized throughout her career to shape public health research, policy, methods, and education for incredible impact.