Department of Health Metrics Sciences

Lecture Series

The HMS lecture series is held on the first and third Fridays of each month from 10:35 to 11:30am PDT (initially via Zoom) and features themed talks by HMS faculty, faculty invited from other departments at UW and/or from other institutions around the world. Themes rotate every two months. We strongly encourage all HMS faculty, postdocs, and students to regularly attend this series and to invite collaborators and colleagues to join. Recordings from this series can be viewed on HMS YouTube channel, here

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Upcoming Lectures:

Theme: What to do when information about causes of death is limited or nonexistent?  Development and applications of verbal autopsy methods

Verbal autopsy has been recognized as an alternative to get estimates of causes of death in settings with limited or nonexistent vital registration systems. IHME has worked in this area for over 10 years, generating automated methods and tools to collect and analyze verbal autopsies that have been used in different settings.  In this cycle of seminars, we will review the rational, development and next steps of methods to ascertain causes of death using verbal autopsies.  We will also have presentations describing the progress and challenges in the application of these methods in the time of COVID and in global settings such as Brazil, the Philippines, and Ethiopia.

January 21, 2022

Verbal Autopsy in Ethiopia

Awoke Misganaw Temesgen, Clinical Assistant Professor

Past Lectures

April 16, 2021

COVID-19 in 2021 and Beyond

Bobby Reiner, Associate Professor

May 7, 2021

COVID-19 data: How do data systems affect modelling?

David Pigott, Assistant Professor

May 21, 2021

Modeling COVID-19: Approaches and Applications in Washington State

Marita Zimmermann, Senior Research Economist, Institute for Disease Modeling

June 4, 2021

Estimating Global Total COVID-19 Mortality

Christopher J.L. Murray, Professor, and Haidong Wang, Associate Professor

July 2, 2021

What can COVID tell us about pandemic preparedness?

Joseph Dieleman, Associate Professor

July 16, 2021

State of the States: Tracking State Differences by Race and Income

David C. Radley, Senior Scientist, Tracking Health System Performance, The Commonwealth Fund

August 6, 2021

How effective is health-care spending in the United States? Cause-specific spending per disability-adjusted life-year averted from 1996 to 2016

Marcia Weaver, Research Professor, Department of Health Metrics Sciences

August 20, 2021

Health systems research before and after COVID-19: A litmus test for everyone

Rafael Lozano, Professor, Department of Health Metrics Sciences

September 3, 2021

Climate futures: Estimating the present and future burden of disease attributable to temperature

Katrin Burkart, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Metrics Sciences

September 17, 2021

Wildfire smoke and health: From Local actions to global impacts

Michael Brauer, Affiliate Professor, Department of Health Metrics Sciences

October 1, 2021

Climate and health: Connecting the dots

Kai Chen, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health), Yale School of Public Health

October 15, 2021

Blood lead and mortality risk: revisiting an analysis of NHANES data

Jeff Stanaway, Assistant Professor

October 22, 2021

Influence of Environmental Factors on Respiratory Virus Transmission: From Influenza to SARS-CoV-2

Sen Pei and Wan Yang, Assistant Professors, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

November 5, 2021

Antimicrobial National Consumption and Point Prevalence Survey in Tanzania

Andy Stergachis, PhD, BPharm, Professor of Pharmacy & Global Health, Adjunct Professor of Health Metrics Sciences, Associate Dean, School of Pharmacy

November 19, 2021

Foundations and developments in the analysis of causes of death using verbal autopsies

Abraham Flaxman, Associate Professor and Bernardo Hernández Prado, Professor, both of the Department of Health Metrics Sciences

December 3, 2021

Verbal autopsy and mortality surveillance: A strategy to improve quality of information on causes of death in Brazil

Maria de Fatima Marinho de Souza, Professor, University of Minas Gerais and Senior Advisor, Vital Strategies

January 7, 2022

Validating the addition of COVID-19 to Verbal Autopsy using a Prospective Meta-Analysis Methodology

CDR Erin Nichols is an epidemiologist at CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), where she has supported global Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) efforts since 2011. CDR Nichols leads the Global CRVS Improvement Team, through which she directs the Team’s engagement in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative.  CDR Nichols is a member of the WHO Verbal Autopsy Reference Group and serves as a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service. Prior to moving to NCHS, CDR Nichols served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer with CDC’s International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control Team.  Originally from Indiana, she received her MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas.