nutrition

Current Topics and Methods in Microbiome Research Workshop

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Event Date & Time:

May 26, 2016 – 8:30am to 5:00pm

Check-in begins at 8am. The workshop starts at 8:30 and continues until 5pm.

Location: 

Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Westlake Conference Room

West 8th Building (2001 8th Ave)

Seattle, Washington (link to Google Maps)

Information about getting to the workshop can be found here

Goal: The goal of the workshop is to share ongoing microbiome research being conducted by the University of Washington and partnering institutions and in doing so, to identify synergies and shared interests to strengthen research and build new collaborations.

Speakers from the University of British Columbia, the Forsyth Institute, University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Children’s Hospital, and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation will present short talks and engage in panel discussions on topics including:

  • The gut microbiome and its role in enteric health and disease
  • The oral microbiome and its role in oral health and disease
  • The genital microbiome and its role in sexual and reproductive health
  • Statistical methods for microbiome data
  • Research priorities for women, adolescents, and children: thinking across the host microbiome

The workshop agenda can be found here.

Please register for the workshop here

Breakfast with WACh with Mark J. Manary

Join us for breakfast and a lecture sponsored by the CFAR Enterics Study Team and Global WACh on Wednesday and Thursday March 9th .

“The future of food and nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa”

Dr. Mark J. Manary
Washington University School of Medicine

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Wednesday, March 9th, 9:00-10:00AM
Ninth and Jefferson Building, Room 1360
Harborview Medical Center

Hear Dr. Manary’s full talk below:

Global WACh’s Technical Symposium on Strengthening the Nutrition Continuum

Caf_babiesThere are 7 billion people in the world and nearly 2 billion are undernourished and 2 billion are overweight or obese. Last week, the team at Global WACh held a fascinating and informative learning symposium at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Experts from The University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital, PATH, and 1,000 Days came together for a full day of discussion and presentation on the global burdens of malnutrition.

There were three main sessions throughout the day: Basic Science and Discovery;  Implementation; and National Systems Building, each including impactful presentations with quite a few staggering facts and figures. Throughout the day we were presented with new ideas, innovative techniques for testing, all with a healthy air of hopeful idealism. To see the presentations, you can view the slides on our Nutrition Think Tank webpage. It was wonderful to have a day to discuss what we can do to help ensure healthy, happy, and nourished lives around the world.

Thanks to all of our speakers and to the Gates Foundation for hosting!

1,000 Days Joins Global WACh for Discussion of Malnutrition

logo_1000_daysWe were fortunate to have Adrianna Logalbo, director at 1,000 Days, recently join us at our Nutrition Think Tank. She led a powerful discussion on the importance of maternal and early child nutrition, both here at home and within the global community.

There are nearly 1 billion hungry people in the world. More than 2 billion people are undernourished, and more than 2 billion are obese. “If we can make that investment from the very beginning, it sets up a lifetime of better outcomes,” Logalbo said. 1,000 Days is working to improve this global public health challenge through social media, phone apps, television, and simply going out and meeting with people.

1,000 days and their many partners hope to help achieve a world where every woman and child is nourished, empowered, and able to reach their full potential.  Logalbo went on to say “Of course, there is a lifecycle happening here, so while we can say the 1,000 days starts at pregnancy it’s very true that the health and nutritional status of the adolescent girl, or the young women going into pregnancy, is critically important.”

You can read more about the impactful work Adrianna Logalbo and 1,000 Days are doing on their website here.

Dr. Tahmeed Ahmed Speaks at Global WACh on Acute Malnutrition

icddrbLast week, over 25 students and faculty gathered to hear UW Affiliate Professor Dr. Tahmeed Ahmed speak on the subject of acute malnutrition in children, from basics to delivery. Dr. Ahmed is the head of the Nutrition and Food Security program at International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh. Under his leadership over the last 25 years, there has been a 50 percent reduction in the fatalities of children admitted with severe acute malnutrition to the icddr,b facilities in Dhaka. Global WACh has recently established a partnership with icddr,b to research new ways to prevent stunted growth in children. You can learn more about Dr. Ahmed and the great team at icddr,b here.

Dr. Tahmeed Ahmed