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

In House (Epi), 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

In House (UW SPH), 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.

Violence in Syria has drastically shortened the life spans of its citizens

Mic, Thursday, August 25, 2016

The turbulence of the last six years in the Middle East has done more than just destabilize the region — it's knocked as many as five years off the life expectancies of local populations. Ali Mokdad, lead author and Department of Epidemiology adjunct professor, is quoted.

Novel strategy greatly reduces HIV transmission in couples

HSNewsBeat, Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Providing HIV medication to both members of an HIV-serodiscordant couple substantially reduced the risk of transmission within that couple, according to a study led by Department of Epidemiology Professor Jared Baeten that appears this week in PLOS Medicine. 

Place nutrition on the top of your grocery list

Fred Hutch Science Spotlight, Monday, August 15, 2016

Do positive food-related attitudes exist among lower socioeconomic status (SES) groups and racial/ethnic minorities? And if so, does it have any impact on their diet quality? Answers to such questions may help tailor nutrition education programs to populations at higher risk. Department of Epidemiology faculty, Anju Aggarwal and Adam Drewnowski, are quoted.

Bitter fruits

The Economist, Saturday, August 13, 2016

As incomes become more unequal, so too may the rate of healthy eating. Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.

Vulnerable Groups Can Have Quality Diets Despite Economic Constraints

In House (Epi), 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.

EPA grant to help UW develop low-cost sensors for wood smoke in rural WA

ASPPH Friday Letter, Friday, August 12, 2016

The University of Washington received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop low-cost air pollution sensors to help Native American and Latino communities in the Yakima Valley reduce their exposure to wood smoke. Catherine Carr, lead investigator and Department of Epidemiology adjunct professor, is quoted.


In House (SPH), Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Judd Walson, Department of Epidemiology adjunct associate professor, and Patricia Pavlinac (Global Health Department) received a four-year, $2.5 million grant from the WHO to test antibiotics as treatment for diarrheal disease. “That children continue to die from diarrhea is unacceptable,” Pavlinac says. Christine McGrath (Global Health) is also a member of the research team.

How much exercise do you need to prevent heart disease, cancer?

Today, Wednesday, August 10, 2016

There's no doubt that regular exercise can help reduce your risk of serious health issues like colon cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, and stroke. But new research reveals just how much exercise will make the most impact. Epi research professor, Anne McTiernan, is quoted.