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Biraj Karmacharya, PhD students of Epidemiology, was awarded a 2013-2014 UW Tobacco Studies Program Scholars award.

Biraj M Karmacharya is a third year PhD student in the UW Department of Epidemiololgy. He completed his M.B.B.S (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) from Kathmandu University, Nepal and received MSc (Tropical Medicine) from Mahidol University, Thailand. He founded and has been leading the Department of Community Programs at Dhulikhel Hospital-Kathmandu University, Nepal since 2006. In this position, he has been deeply involved in developing and setting up innovative community based health endeavors in rural Nepal. He has also been very much involved in forging collaborations with various international institutions and has been engaged in setting up the Kathmandu University’s Global Health Program. In 2011 he was awarded International Fulbright Science and Technology Award to pursue PhD in Epidemiology. He is one of the co-investigators of the recently launched Dhulikhel Heart Study, which is a population-based longitudinal cohort study on cardiovascular diseases and risk factors in Nepal, one of the first of its kind in a developing country. He is interested in developing and implementing evidence-based programs to reduce tobacco consumption in this cohort and use this experience for a broader national level strategies and policy development.

Biraj was also selected as one of the Epi Scholars last summer during which he worked at the Jail Health Services, King County Public Health on a study on recidivism and mental health. He was mentored by Psych Services Manager Dr. Michael Stanfill from the Jail Health Services and Research Prof. Annette Fitzpatrick from the Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington. The Epi Scholars Program is a competitive national program offering a 10-12 week summer internships in applied epidemiology research to highly qualified public health masters and doctoral level students.

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Updated on January 30, 2014