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- Pamela Collins received a 2023 MLK Community Service Award.
Dr. Helen Chu, adjunct associate professor (Global Health) has received the Researcher of the Year Award for her work tracking the COVID-19 outbreak through the Seattle Flu Study.
Drs. Ruanne Barnabas, associate professor (Global Health) and John Lynch have been elected Fellows of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the nation’s leading infectious diseases professional society.
Drs. Wes Van Voorhis, adjunct professor (Global Health) and Stephen Plymate, professor (Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine) have received a Washington Entrepreneurial Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (WE-REACH) award.
Julie Dombrowski, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, has been appointed the holder of the King K. Holmes Endowed Professorship in STD and AIDS
Alison Roxby, MD, MSc, Associate Professor of Global Health and Medicine, has been appointed the holder of the Robert W. Anderson Endowed Chair
Affiliate Professor Patricia Garcia, Dean of the School of Public Health in Cayetano Heredia University in Peru, received the 2016 Exceptional Merit Award for Women for Outstanding Professional Performance from the President of Peru and Minister for Women. Soon after, she was named Minister of Health for Peru and sworn in on July 28. She was also elected to the National Academy of Medicine in October; election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
Professor King Holmes was inducted into the Smith Infectious Diseases Foundation "Hall of Fame".
Professor Rafael Lozano, based at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), received the 2015 Carlos Slim Health Award for Lifetime Achievement in Research. This award recognizes individuals and institutions committed to health improvement of the Latin American population.
Adjunct Professor Lisa Manhart was appointed to the Clinical Research and Field Studies of Infectious Diseases Study Section in the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review for the term beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2020.
Professor Robert Martin, Lab Systems Strengthening Director at International Training & Education Center for Health (I-TECH), received the Hologic Joseph Public Health Award at the 2016 American Society of Microbiology conference.
Affiliate Professor Julie Overbaugh, member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, received the lifetime achievement Nature Award for Mentoring in Science.
Vice Chair of the Department and Professor Jared Baeten was named co-principal investigator of the Microbicide Trials Network, and will help guide the Network's research agenda.
Twenty-nine UW faculty members are among a list of the year’s most highly cited researchers in the natural and social sciences, including Christopher Murray and Mohsen Naghavi from Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, as well as Michael Gale, Alan Lopez and Michael Brauer from the Department of Global Health.
Department of Global Health, Silver Award, Outstanding Global Health Organization, Seattle Business' Leaders in Health Care Awards.
Everyone can contribute to solving health care problems, according to the UW Department of Global Health, which brings together talent across many campus disciplines. Science and engineering students are finding ways to harvest fog for clean water in Peru. Computer scientists explore how big data analysis can shed light on worldwide disease. Business students aid efforts at global social entrepreneurship. Only imagination limits what many praise as the most collaborative program in the country.
White House Champion of Change Award
DGH graduate Mohamed Ali, MPH, received the White House Champion of Change Award. Ali is the co-chair of the King County Somali Health Board, an organization he helped establish to improve communications between the Somali immigrant community, health care providers, and local health agencies.
Partners PrEP Study Team awarded University of Washington Distinguished Staff Award
Partners PrEP study team, Mira Emmanuel-Ogier, Harald Haugen, Ting Hong, Lara Kidoguchi, Meighan Krows, Susan Morrison, Dana Panteleeff and Kathy Thomas, received the University of Washington Distinguished Staff Award. The team successfully served as the core operations for a large and very complex HIV prevention study in Africa. They achieved extremely high recruitment, retention and data quality while implementing a complex medical trial. And they shepherded a new product for HIV prevention through regulatory approval, all while based here at the UW.
Puente Piedra Project Wins 3 Design Awards
Students from multiple disciplines have worked with residents of a mega-slum in Lima, Peru, called Puente Piedra, through The Puente Piedra Project: Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities. As UW students and faculty worked with the community, they learned that residents had a great desire for green space, so students helped residents of the Lomas de Zapallal community of about 27,000 people plan and transform a barren, sandy hillside into a park with walkways, trees, plants, and shrubs. Technical assistance included designing a system to recycle water from a handwashing station and pipe it to the park for irrigation. The project won three international design awards in 2012*, including the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Award for excellence in public interest design. The project also won the 2012 Environmental Design Research Association Great Places Design Award and the 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects Community Service Honor Award.
Mental Health Partnership in Nairobi
The University of Nairobi received a Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI)-linked award focused on research training in mental health. This three-year award, led by Dr. Muthoni Mathai from the University of Nairobi and Dr. Jurgen Unutzer from the University of Washington, builds upon the nearly 30-year research training collaboration between UW and the University of Nairobi. Dr. Deepa Rao is the UW program director.
The University of Nairobi (UON) has two other MEPI awards with the Department of Global Health, one which focuses on improving medical education and retention of doctors in Kenya and another linked award which focuses on maternal, newborn, and child health. Both awards are in their third year of funding.
This new mental health linked award aims to improve mental health research capacity by training University of Nairobi faculty and postgraduates and by establishing a Mental Health Resource Center to support these efforts at UON. UW faculty will be providing in-person training, distance learning courses and mentorship. This exciting interdisciplinary award came out of ongoing conversations in the Department of Global Health’s Global Mental Health Group and is one of the first collaborations between the Department of Global Health and the Department of Psychiatry.
Mobile Moms Chosen by Young People Looking for a Cause
The Seattle organization Health Alliance International at UW, which launched a Mobile Moms text messaging service aimed at improving maternal health in Timor-Leste, was the beneficiary of the funds raised by a party July 14 at McCaw Hall by a group of young people called Agency. Ticket sales were about $40,000.
UW Course on Clinical Management of HIV Wins Global Health Prize
A UW graduate course in HIV has been awarded a global health prize that recognizes the most original project conducted to alleviate poverty-related chronic and/or infectious disease in the last year. The course, Global Health 573 “Clinical Management of HIV,” received the Velji Award for Global Health Project of the Year Nov. 15 at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health conference in Montreal. The course is directed by Nina Kim, UW assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Since 2007, Global Health 573 has delivered free HIV training to more than 1,000 health professionals and has been webcast in 21 countries with the technical assistance of Treatment Research and Expert Education, a training program of the Department of Global Health established by Michael Chung, UW assistant professor of medicine and global health and international course director. Most of the distant students have been health professionals from countries in Africa, India, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The course also has led to several new partnerships with medical schools in Ethiopia and South Africa as well as with hospitals in resource-constrained settings, with the goal of fostering medical education and on-site HIV clinical mentorship.
The course organizers will receive a plaque, as well as $1,000 to support ongoing volunteer global health activities.
UW Leads NIH-Funded Consortium to Train Global Health Researchers
The UW is one of five consortia of colleges and universities to receive funds from the National Institutes of Health to help foster the next generation of global health scientists. The Fogarty Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars program is building a network of U.S. academic institutions to provide early career physicians, veterinarians, dentists and scientists with a significant mentored research experience in a developing country. Joseph Zunt, associate professor in global health and the principal investigator for the UW-led consortium, said the grant will provide new opportunities for training 12-15 U.S. and international doctoral students and post-doctoral trainees each year in international settings.
UW Students Find Spiders with Potential to Combat Malaria
UW seniors Christine Scullywest, Adam Tanaka, and Roshan Mahoney were recently among three first-place finishers in the Washington Global Health Alliance’s Be the Change student competition, thanks to their research proposal of employing the Evarcha culicivora spider to control malaria-spreading mosquitoes. The spiders are natural predators of female mosquitoes, which carry the malaria virus.