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Global WACh Shares Novel Research Findings at International Conferences

Over Fall quarter, Global WACh researchers shared novel research findings from our three scientific priority areas (HIV Through the Lifecycle, Family Planning and Decision Support, and Gut Health and Child Survival) at several international conferences: The HIV Prevention for HIV Conference (HIVR4P), Union World Conference on Lung Health, and American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH) Continue reading for conference highlights and photos!

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention research at HIVR4P

Members of the PEPFAR/DREAMS-funded implementation program, PrEP Implementation for Young Women and Adolescents (PrIYA), presented recent scientific findings at the HIV Prevention for HIV Conference (HIVR4P) held on October 21-25, 2018 in Madrid, Spain.  HIVR4P is the only global scientific conference dedicated exclusively on biomedical HIV prevention research.  The conference supports global cross-fertilization among research on HIV vaccines, microbicides, PrEP, treatment as prevention, and other biomedical prevention approaches.  Six abstracts containing novel data was accepted for poster and oral presentations:

In addition to presenting oral and poster abstracts, Julia Dettinger and Dr. Kenneth Mugwanya, participated as panelist at HIVR4P’s global press conference.  Watch the press conference here: bit.ly/2z2CpGs 


Addressing HIV and TB co-infections at The Union

The Union World Conference on Lung Health (also known as The Union) is the world’s largest gathering of several key stakeholders working to end the suffering caused by lung disease, with a focus specifically on the challenges faced by low- and lower-middle income populations.  The conference was held from October 24-27, 2018 in The Hague, The Netherlands.  Three abstracts by Global WACh researchers and colleagues were featured at the conference.  Descriptions are available in The Union’s online abstract book (search for the abstract ID number listed below):

  • Tuberculosis risk by time since U.S. entry among foreign-born residents of Washington State (Presented by Danae Black, Epidemiology PhD Student) ID: PS05-454-25
  • Immune reconstitution syndrome in hospitalized HIV-infected children starting ART (Presented by Dr. Lisa Cranmer with Global WACh’s Sylvia LaCourse) ID: PS25-676-26
  • Virologic outcomes among Kenyan children receiving cART and TB therapy (Presented by Dr. Sylvia LaCourse, Assistant Professor, Global Health) ID: OA22-339-27


Improving child health outcomes research at ASTMH

Researchers from the Gut Health and Child Survival priority area look forward to the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH) conference every year. ASTMH is the largest international scientific organization of experts dedicated to reducing the worldwide burden of tropical infectious diseases and improving global health. This year’s annual meeting was from October 28–November 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Relationship between timing, burden, severity, and antibiotics of diarrhea and linear growth among HIV-exposed uninfected infants in Kenya (Presented by Emily Deichsel, Epidemiology PhD Candidate)
  • Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Kenyan Healthcare Workers Regarding Pediatric Discharge from Hospitals (Presented by Shadae Paul, dual MPH/MPA student, START Research Assistant)
  • Effects of antibiotic exposure during moderate-to-severe diarrhea on linear growth in children: a secondary analysis of GEMS cases (Oral Presentation by Rebecca Brander, Epidemiology PhD Student)