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Epi SEAL Team partners with Zimbabwe community leaders to improve disease outcomes

UW EPI NEWS | April 23, 2018
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When the worst Ebola outbreak began its terrible trek along the western coast of Africa, public health professionals – and nations – were left scrambling. Although not the first, the 2014 Ebola outbreak raged for over two years, killing nearly 12,000 people. Its opaque origins and the ferocity by which it spread only exacerbated public...

Jennifer Velloza Named 2018-2019 Magnuson Scholar

UW EPI NEWS | April 4, 2018
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Jennifer Velloza, a third year doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington (UW), was named a 2018-2019 Magnuson Scholar. Velloza is the fifth Epi student in a row to win the award for the School of Public Health. The Magnuson Scholars Program is among the UW’s highest honors. Each year,...

Rowhani-Rahbar appointed Bartley Dobb Professor

UW EPI NEWS | March 30, 2018
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Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, has been selected to receive the Bartley Dobb Professorship for Study and Prevention of Violence, effective July 1, 2018. Established in 1997, this five-year endowment funds an appointed University of Washington (UW) faculty member for their work in the study and prevention of violence through resolution of conflict. “I am...

Putting the puzzle pieces together to improve Latino health: Francisco Rios Casas

UW EPI NEWS | March 22, 2018
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Francisco Rios Casas grew up in the Los Angeles sprawl in an area known as Santa Ana. As he spent more time exploring different parts of the metropolis during high school, and later at the University of Southern California (USC), Francisco became more aware of the impact the built environment can have on physical and...

Fringe Loan Use Linked to Risk of Poor Health

UW EPI NEWS | March 5, 2018
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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...

Four Epi students selected as Translational Research Trainees

UW EPI NEWS | March 5, 2018
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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.  The year-long program offers a combination of...

UW Epidemiology staff member nominated for 2018 Distinguished Staff Award

UW EPI NEWS | March 2, 2018
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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. Barb has been with the Department of Epidemiology...

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
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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
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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

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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

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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

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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,...