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November 15, 2021

Join Global WACh at the 2021 Inaugural Endowed Lecture


Please join us for the Inaugural Lecture of the Endowed Visiting Lectureship in Global Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children followed by a networking reception hour on Tuesday, November 30th from 4-6 PM PST at the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health, Room 155!

Dr. Suchdev will provide an overview of the intersection between nutrition and infection in both clinical and public health settings.  He will discuss case examples from his collaborative and interdisciplinary research work in improving nutrition assessment, evaluating the risk-benefit of iron interventions, and addressing the role of malnutrition and child mortality. He will share some lessons learned for trainees interested in a career in nutrition and global health. (more…)

July 14, 2021

Research Assistant Anna Larsen virtually presents analysis of depressive screening tools among postpartum Kenyan women

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Global WACh Research Assistant Anna Larsen (2nd row, left) presented research findings at the Society for Epidemiologic Research in June 2021.


Anna Larsen, Global WACh Research Assistant and PhD Candidate in the Department of Epidemiology, participated in a panel entitled, “Mental Health: Recent trends, advances in measurement, and racial/ethnic patterns” at the 2021 Society for Epidemiologic Research on June 23, 2021.

Her presentation entitled, “Epidemiologic evaluation of three depression screening tools among postpartum Kenyan women,” highlighted results from a comparative analysis of three depressive symptom screening tools used in the PrEP Implementation for Mothers in Antenatal Care (PrIMA) study.  The Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale [CESD-10], Patient Health Questionnaire-2 [PHQ-2], and Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale [EPDS] were utilized by the study team to screen for depressive symptoms among postpartum Kenyan women. (more…)

May 21, 2021

A sneak peek of Global WACh research at summer conferences 2021

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Faculty, staff, students, and collaborators representing Global WACh’s research are invited to present their findings at large annual conferences this summer.  We’ve rounded up some abstracts of interest, with more information to come!

If you are attending any of these scientific gatherings, be sure to add these presentations to your calendars!  Refer to the title or reference numbers to find the presentation date and time in the program guides.


May 18, 2020

View recorded Global WACh research talks at UW

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Over the spring academic quarter at UW, Global WACh investigators and student research assistants shared their work across various presentation platforms across campus.  Research span from assessing environmental enteric dysfunction on child health and survival to evaluating risks of depression among HIV-infected adolescent girls, to improved treatment of TB and HIV co-infections.

Click on the presentation titles below to access the recordings to view and learn more about our research.  A list of upcoming virtual presentations can be found below.


March 11, 2020

Researchers share latest findings virtually at CROI 2020

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The annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) brings together top basic, translational, and clinical researchers from around the world to share the latest studies, important developments, and best research methods in the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases. Due to concerns of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the US, CROI 2020 was virtually held from March 8 to March 11, 2020. (more…)

March 6, 2020

Save the Date for Global WACh’s Next Big Thing


UPDATE ON MARCH 20:  The University of Washington is working closely with public health officials to monitor evolving recommendations for holding events during the COVID-19 outbreak. To prioritize the health and safety of our research community, Global WACh has decided to postpone this event.

Mark your calendars for Global WACh’s Next Big Thing: Saving children’s lives through accelerating research into policy and practice 

Date: Monday, June 1, 2020

Time: 4-6 PM

Location: University of Washington Husky Union Building (map)

Please join the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh) at our annual year-end celebration where we highlight the achievements of the Center over the past year in research, training, and service.

The Gut Health and Child Survival scientific priority area of Global WACh is committed to reducing child mortality by targeting enteric infections and diarrheal diseases. During the 2020 Global WACh year-end event, members of this priority area and guest experts will share cutting edge research informing and testing interventions and strategies for moving research into policy and practice quickly. Keynote speakers include Dr. Farah Qamar (Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Aga Khan University) and Dr. Nigel Rollins (Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health World Health Organization).

​The event will include a reception to showcase capstone projects by our graduating class of Global WACh Certificate students to date.  The reception will be an excellent opportunity for networking with WACh researchers and community members over refreshments.

November 15, 2016

Gut Health and Child Survival at ASTMH

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This week, members of our enteric research team are in Atlanta, Georgia for the 65th annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). They join approximately 4,400 other researchers, government and public health officials, practicing physicians, students, and all health care providers working in the fields of tropical medicine, hygiene, and global health.

Our Healthy Growth and Development Core is dedicated to optimizing care in young children at high risk of diarrhea-associated mortality and the ASTMH annual meeting provides our team with a unique opportunity to discuss recent findings, build inspiration for our next big projects, and re-energize our commitment to reducing the worldwide burden of tropical infectious diseases to improve health around the world.

Yesterday ASTMH heard from Rebecca Brander on correlations of drug resistance in Kenyan children with acute bacterial diarrhea. Rebecca is a MPH student at the University of Washington and completed this research in collaboration with Global WACh directors Grace John-Stewart, Patty Pavlinac, and Judd Walson. Patty Pavlinac, our Health Growth and Development director, leads the Global WACh representation at the conference.

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Rebecca’s study “Host and Environmental Correlates of Multi-Drug Resistance in Kenyan Children with Acute Bacterial Diarrhea” is a key area of research for addressing the prevalence in which bacterial diarrhea results in significant morbidity and mortality in children in sub-Saharan Africa. Antibiotic treatment can be a life-saving intervention, but the antibiotic resistance has rapidly emerged in this population of children, and now this intervention’s efficacy is limited. The study’s data pinpoints risk factors for antibiotic resistance in enteric pathogens, in order to inform diarrhea management recommendations and control resistance.

Click to read the entire study

September 30, 2016

Breakfast with WACh welcomes Drs. Ghayda Mirzaa and Kristina Adams Waldorf

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Join us for breakfast and a lecture on Tuesday, October 11th with Drs. Ghayda Mirzaa, MD, FAAP, FACMG and Kristina Adams Waldorf, MD.

The Zika Epidemic: An Unprecedented Health Threat for Pregnant Women

October 11th, 9-10 AM
University of Washington, Harris Hydraulics Laboratory, Large Conference Room

mirzaaDr. Ghayda Mirzaa is an expert in adolescent sexual and reproductive health. He has worked for the World Health Organization in Geneva since 1993. His experience in generating knowledge and taking knowledge to action is global in scope and spans over 25 years.  A key area of his work is research on effective ways of providing sexuality education in different social, cultural and economic contexts, and then using these research findings to strengthen sexuality education programs in low and middle income countries.

convio kristinaDr. Kristina Adams Waldorf
 is an expert in adolescent sexual and reproductive health. He has worked for the World Health Organization in Geneva since 1993. His experience in generating knowledge and taking knowledge to action is global in scope and spans over 25 years.  A key area of his work is research on effective ways of providing sexuality education in different social, cultural and economic contexts, and then using these research findings to strengthen sexuality education programs in low and middle income countries.


For more information, please email Kate Pfizenmaier, Global WACh Program Manager, at

August 8, 2016

Success for CATCH at Nairobi Innovation Week

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Last week at Nairobi Innovation Week, members of the CATCH study team spent three days showcasing their innovative visions for pediatric HIV care. This was an important opportunity for the team to highlight the successes and findings of CATCH: Counseling and Testing for Children at Home.

The CATCH study accomplishes what’s in its name by “catching” children ages 12 and under who have fallen through the cracks in HIV diagnosis systems. CATCH offers parents infected with HIV the opportunity to have their children tested, both in clinics or in the home. HIV-infected children are then linked to an HIV care clinic of choice, which ensures that children can receive much needed care. CATCH has been working and gathering data since the start of 2014, with funding for seven different sites in Nairobi and one in Western Kenya.

Throughout the three-day event, CATCH presented posters, modeled pediatric test kits, and engaged visitors with their approaches and ideas about HIV testing in children. “There was a great amount of enthusiasm for the translation of research findings into policy, particularly from senior University of Nairobi visitors and local media,” said Anjuli Wagner, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Global Health and member of the study team.

Each day, members from the CATCH team, including Anjuli Wagner, Cyrus Mugo, and Verlinda Otieno spoke with over 40 individuals interested in continuing to be part of the discussion about CATCH’s work. The team also visited with nearby stands and discovered valuable new connections with other pediatric health advocates.

CATCH team members tabling at Nairobi Innovation Week

CATCH team members tabling at Nairobi Innovation Week


We’re sending CATCH our congratulations for their engagement and innovation in Nairobi!

For more information about CATCH, take a look at this animated depiction of the project.

May 31, 2016

The Next Big thing: Adolescent Health

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You’re invited to our end of year celebration showcasing the achievements of Global WACh students, faculty, grantees, and scholars around the world.

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bruder Stapleton, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics

Other Speakers include Drs. Minnie Kibore, Meghan Moreno, Pamela Kohler and Anthony Roche.

Event Details:

Thursday, June 2nd 2016
Foege Auditorium, University of Washington
3720 15th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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