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  •  Five outstanding students were awarded “Global Healthies” awards for excellence and achievement in global health on May 11, three of whom were honored for their projects in Nepal.

    The second annual Global Healthies award ceremony, held in the Husky Union Building, awarded students in five categories, including the people’s choice Oscar Gish Social Justice & Equity Award. Each awardee received US$500.

    More than 30 projects were displayed in a poster event before the ceremony, covering a variety of topics including local superfund clean-up sites, violence against women in Turkey, and cold-chain vaccines and health facilities. Although winners were chosen prior to the major earthquake in Nepal, two out of five reviewer-picked projects were in Nepal. Those winners were Biraj Karmacharya and Nicole Ide. 

    Michelle Lam, a medical student in the Global Health Pathway, received the Oscar Gish Social Justice & Equity Award, for her work on the prevalence of mental health issues in Nepal.

    Annette and Judy with winners with Nepal projectsAdjunt Research Professor Annette Fitzpartrick, PhD, who mentored all three winners with projects in Nepal said, “I am so pleased with all of the great work that Biraj, Nicole and Michelle have done. The quality of their projects attests to the importance of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Global Health and the wonderful collaboration that has developed with Dhulikhel Hospital and Kathmandu University over the past few years. Many thanks to Judy and the Global Healthies for acknowledging their efforts.” Annette is pictured at right with her mentees and Department Chair Judy Wasserheit.

    Nearly 50 students submitted applications, and awardees were selected by faculty review committees with expertise in the respective categories.

    The Global Healthies awards were made possible by generous gifts from individual donors. The initial Oscar Gish award was provided by Patrick Ryan in honor of Gish, a University of Washington faculty member who passed away in 2004. As an economist, author and scholar, Oscar Gish was an advocate for social justice and equality. He was known as an expert on international health policies, and influenced both students and faculty alike to strengthen their commitment to social justice.

    Judith Wasserheit, MD, MPH, the Chair of the Department of Global Health, opened an envelope before each awardee, smiled, and said, “And the Global Healthie goes to….” 

    Global Healthies 2015 awardees (from left): Marita Mann, Chung Dang, Judy Wasserheit (Chair), Biraj Karmacharya, Michelle Lam, Nicole Ide.

    Discovery and Development

    Chung Dang, PhDc in Pathobiology
    Project: “A Novel Approach to Prevent Herpes Simplex Virus Reactivation by Utilizing Engineered Nucleases to Specifically Disrupt Viral Genomes in Neurons”
    UW Faculty Mentor: Keith Jerome

    Education and Training

    Biraj Karmacharya, PhDc in Epidemiology, MPHc in Global Health
    Project: “Approaches in Global Health Collaboration Between Institutions in Developed and Developing Countries: Experience from Kathmandu University, Nepal”
    UW Faculty Mentor: Annette Fitzpatrick

    Implementation and Application

    Marita Mann, PhDc in Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program; Thomas Francis Jr. Fellow 2013-14; Global Medicines
    Project: “Sentinel Site Active Surveillance for First-Line Antiretroviral Medicines in Namibia”
    UW Faculty Mentors: Lou Garrison and Andy Stergachis

    Public Health Service and Direct Care

    Nicole Ide, MPHc in Global Health; GO Health Fellow 2014-15
    Project: “Death Certification at Dhulikhel Hospital, Nepal: Medical Records, Death Certificates, and Verbal Autopsy”
    UW Faculty Mentors: Annette Fitzpatrick and Bernardo Hernández Prado

    Oscar Gish Social Justice & Equity

    Michelle Lam, Global Health Pathway for Medical Students; MPHc in Global Health
    Project: Evaluating the Prevalence and Risk Factors for Major Depressive Symptoms in Nepal
    UW Faculty Mentors: Annette Fitzpatrick and Deepa Rao

    To learn more about how philanthropy can fuel and sustain this important work, please contact Megan Ingram, Assistant Dean for Advancement, UW School of Public Health,, 206.616.7197, or Deirdre (Schwiesow) Sumida, Assistant Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations, UW Medicine Advancement,, 206.221.4769.

  • University of Washington ranked third among 59 universities in a student-led report highlighting how university research benefits low-resource settings

    The University of Washington ranked third out of 59 universities in its approach to global equity and biomedical research, earning a B+ “grade.” This University Report Card ranking was published in late April by Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), a student-led group focused on access to medicine and health-related technologies.  

    The project evaluates more than 50 top American universities on their contributions to neglected biomedical research and access to medicines. It uses publicly-available and self-reported information to evaluate whether universities address neglected diseases, license medical breakthroughs in ways that ensure equitable access, and educate students on the impact universities can have on global health.

    Interim UW President Ana Marie Cauce congratulated School of Public Health Dean Howard Frumkin,  UW Medicine CEO and School of Medicine Dean Paul Ramsey, and Department of Global Health Chair Judith Wasserheit on this achievement, saying the ranking was well-earned.

    The University of Washington has one of the largest academic global health programs with 350 faculty, more than 1,000 students who take global health courses each year, and projects in more than 130 countries. Its current and emerging global health focus areas include: health metrics and evaluation, infectious diseases, workforce development, health system strengthening and implementation science, global environmental change, global injury and violence, global medicines safety, women, children and adolescent health, and a strong cross-cutting focus on social justice and equity.

    See the rankings at:

    For more information on the global health efforts at the University of Washington visit:

  • We are pleased to announce that Pat Gentino, Operations and Compliance Officer for I-TECH, was selected as the 2015 Department of Global Health Outstanding Staff as part of the School of Public Health (SPH) Awards. This year we had a fantastic response to our call for nominees with 10 truly outstanding nominations. A small committee of two staff and one faculty member made the very difficult decision.

    Pat was nominated for her work with teams of staff and faculty overseas as part of the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH). Her nomination included this quote, “She is someone who volunteers whenever she can and definitely whenever she views it as her responsibility. Her communication is outstanding in all ways. When her assignments have changed over the years, those who were working with her tried to negotiate keeping her assigned to their respective countries/programs because she is such an outstanding team member.”

    Pat will be honored at the SPH Awards Ceremony at the Urban Horticulture Center on May 15 at 3:00 p.m. Please join us in elebrating excellence in our community.

  • Associate Professor Ann Downer, a pioneer of distance learning at the University of Washington, has been named winner of the UW's 2015 Distinguished Contributions to Lifelong Learning Award.

    Ann Downer, a pioneer of distance learning at the University of Washington, has been named winner of the UW's 2015 Distinguished Contributions to Lifelong Learning Award. - See more at:
  • What do a painting, a scalpel, and a song have in common? The answer will be danced, performed and spoken at "The Panacea Project - Global Health & the Arts" performance showcase on Friday, April 24th. Community members from both global health and the arts will converge at the ACT Theatre in Downtown Seattle for a night of interdisciplinary connections and re-imagination of health and healing. 

    Some of the performers and speakers include:

    • Rachel Chapman, Sociocultural Anthropologist and University of Washington Faculty
    • Jourdan Keith, Seattle's Poet Populist Emeritus and Founder of the Urban Wilderness Project
    • Felicia Gonzalez, Poet and University of Washington Staff
    • Jacque Larrainzar, Human Rights Artivist and musician
    • University of Washington Graduate Students and more!

    This event is free thanks to the generous donations from the ACT Theatre, the University of Washington Global Health Resource Center, Department of Anthropology, and the Center for Global Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies, Carlo Scandiuzzi, King Holmes, and Virginia Gonzales. 

    Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the event begins at 7:00 p.m. with time to mingle afterwards. Fruit and desserts provided, and a cash bar will be available.

    Tickets are free – reserve yours today! For more information join our Facebook event or contact Alec Sullivan at

    *This event is organized by the Global Health Undergraduate Leadership Committee*

  • How do you ensure that global health research actually informs what’s happening on the ground? Why is the translation of research findings into large scale practice and policy often slow and uneven? How do global health practitioners address the widening gap between what is known to be effective and what is done in routine practice? A condensed summer course on the emerging field of implementation science hopes to attract folks from around the world who are interested in bridging this gap between research and practice in reproductive health.

    A new field of study, implementation science works by addressing bottlenecks, testing interventions, and evaluating the real impact of programs to help inform global health practice. This approach focuses on on-the-ground personnel, making it particularly relevant to global health, a field that relies on the sustainability of health interventions in challenging environments.

    The two-week intensive course is a collaboration between the Department of Global Health and The Evidence Project, a global implementation science project focused on family planning and reproductive health. The intended course audience is researchers, policy makers, funders, and practitioners working in the fields of family planning and reproductive health, including HIV/STI prevention and control in low and middle income settings.

    Course directors include William H. Foege Chair Judith Wasserheit, MD, MPH; Associate Professor Kenneth Sherr, PhD, MPH; Professor and Associate Chair for Curriculum and Education Stephen Gloyd, MD, MPH; and Karen Hardee, PhD and Laura Reichenbach, PhD of the Evidence Project. Read their bios.  

    Applications are due May 1, 2015. For additional course information, including the on-line course application, please visit our course website.

    Implementation Science for Family Planning and Reproductive Health
    including HIV/STI Prevention and Control

    August 3 – 14, 2015
    Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    Photo: Courtesy of GO Health Fellow Maya Newman, who traveled to Kenya to participate in the Mobile WaCH feasibility pilot study, using mobile phone SMS messaging as a means to educate and interact with pregnant and post-partum women in the Mathare slum clinic in Nairobi and in the Kisumu District Hospital. 

  • event organizers

    Department alumni and students recently teamed up to organize the first-ever Global Oncology Symposium in Seattle, an event that brought more than 200 people together to discuss how to address cancer in the developing world. The symposium was organized by Department alumni: Elizabeth Meacham, MPH, Kingsley Ndoh, MD, MPH (Fred Hutch Global Oncology), and Gillian O'Bryan, MPH; and current MPH students: Suzanne McGoldrick, MD (Fred Hutch Global Oncology), Mohammed Tawfig Albirair, MBBS, and Alero Agberen, BDS. Alum Allison Dvaldze, MPH, of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance served as one of the symposium advisors. See below for more details on this successful event.

    The story below was originally published on the Fred Hutch website.

    April 1, 2015

    By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

    Childhood leukemia is curable 90 percent of the time – one of the success stories noted in the three-part PBS documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of all Maladies,” which concludes tonight. But as thoroughly as the six-hour film explores both progress and disappointments in cancer treatment, it tells only part of cancer’s story – what is happening in the United States and other developed countries. In sub-Saharan Africa and other low-income countries, a child – or an adult – with cancer is far more likely to die than live.

    “One of the biggest single predictors of whether you will survive [cancer] is where you live,” said Dr. Corey Casper, head of Global Oncology at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. “And that is something we should not tolerate.”

    Casper welcomed more than 200 physicians, researchers, policymakers, patient advocates, and medical and public health students from around the nation and the world Tuesday to Fred Hutch to talk about how to make cancer a priority globally, not just in wealthy countries. 

    The first challenge, speakers at the daylong symposium agreed, is gaining recognition that cancer is even a problem in low-income countries. Global health research and aid has traditionally focused on preventing or treating infectious diseases, advancing maternal health and improving sanitation. Although cancer has always been present, its incidence has been rising partly because progress in these others areas has allowed more people to live long enough to develop cancer.

    Today, more people in low- and middle-income countries die each year from cancer than from HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined, Corey noted, citing figures from the American Cancer Society. Cancer is a leading cause of disability and death worldwide, with about 14 million new cases and 8.2 million deaths in 2012, according to the latest estimates from the World Health Organization. More than 60 percent of new cases occurred in Africa, Asia and Central and South America, which also accounted for 70 percent of cancer deaths.

    “It’s very clear that chronic diseases, including cancer, have outstripped infectious diseases as the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in many parts of the world, including low- and middle-income countries,” said Dr. Judith Wasserheit, a University of Washington professor of allergy and infectious disease and chair of its Global Health Department. “Yet research regarding cancer and care is really very limited, and not a minor piece of that is limited funding.”

    'A moral imperative’ to increase cancer funding

    Only about 1 percent of an estimated $31 billion in public and private global health spending  goes to noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, said Silvana Luciani, a cancer prevention and control adviser for the Pan American Health Organization, with most going to HIV/AIDS, maternal-child health, tuberculosis and malaria.

    “There’s a moral imperative” to increase funding for cancer research and aid, Luciani said, pointing out that both within and among countries, cancer disproportionately affects the poor, who tend to be diagnosed at later stages and have lower survival rates. The mortality rates for cervical cancer, for example – a preventable and treatable disease – are six to seven times higher in low-income countries than in wealthy ones.

    But Dr. Howard Frumkin, dean of UW School of Public Health and an internationally recognized leader in environmental health, warned against repeating earlier mistakes that made funding for some diseases so restricted that it resulted in siloed rather than holistic health care systems.

    “You can imagine the predicament of a family who has to travel by bus over difficult roads over much of the day to get to an HIV clinic, then two days later has to travel the same roads to get help for cancer,” he said.  “We need to be thinking in terms of systems change and systems support. Give me a dollar to do this job and I’ll figure out how to do five jobs with that dollar.”

    Cancer funding also must take into account public health education to break down taboos that keep people from seeking care; capacity building, or training physicians, nurses and community health workers; and ways to evaluate what works and what doesn’t — sentiments that were repeated throughout the day by other speakers.

     ‘Stigma is one of the hardest things to overcome’

    “We cannot underestimate the role of patient advocacy and support groups in low- and middle-income countries,” said Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, president of the Max Foundation, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that helps people in such countries get cancer care. “For survivors to go out in the community and tell others you can survive cancer is very important. Stigma is one of the hardest things to overcome. It takes a lot of courage for patients to do that.”

    As depicted in the Ken Burns-produced cancer documentary, the same was (and in some cases, still is) true in developed countries: a cancer diagnosis was all too often a closely kept secret, in part because the prognosis seemed invariably hopeless.

    Survivor stories are key because many people believe that a cancer diagnosis is an automatic death sentence and so don’t seek care, said Penny Legate, a videographer who, with Dr. Julie Gralow, director of breast medical oncology at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, has worked with East African breast cancer survivors.

    “It’s remarkable how these women’s lives are being changed just by gathering together and telling stories,” Legate said.

    Among the myths the women help to dispel: that cancer is a disease of the West, that it is contagious, that screening causes infertility, that everyone with cancer dies.

    A holistic approach to cancer care

    Fred Hutch is one of the first comprehensive cancer centers to have a program dedicated to global oncology. Its decade-long alliance with the Uganda Cancer Institute in Kampala, Uganda, is held up by the National Cancer Institute as a model for research, training and patient care in low-income countries. The partnership takes a holistic approach to cancer care through such steps as raising awareness through community outreach, speeding diagnosis and assigning case managers to help families navigate care. The 25,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art UCI-Fred Hutch Cancer Centre, the first comprehensive cancer center jointly built by U.S. and African cancer institutions in sub-Saharan Africa, is scheduled to open in May.

    “We are deeply invested in, deeply committed to global oncology at the Hutch,” said Dr. D. Gary Gilliland, Fred Hutch president and director, in welcoming researchers to Tuesday’s symposium.

    Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz, immediate past president of the Union for International Cancer Control and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, closed the conference on a note of optimism, despite the challenges.

    Lowering the global burden of cancer and closing the “cancer divide” between rich and poor countries is “a tough problem, a complex and wicked problem,” she said. “But I have confidence that if we all work together, we can solve it. I’m an optimist. I think all of the cancer doctors are optimists, or they should get out of the business, right? The last thing we need is pessimistic cancer doctors.”

    The Global Oncology Symposium was sponsored by Fred Hutch, Seattle Children's, the University of Washington's Department of Global Health and Center for Global Studies, the Fred Hutch / University of Washington Cancer Consortium, Washington Global Health Alliance and Global Oncology.

    Mary Engel, a staff writer at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, formerly covered medicine and health policy for newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, where she was part of a team that won a Pulitzer for health care reporting. She also was a fellow at the year-long MIT Knight Science Journalism program. Reach her at

  • School of Dentistry and Department of Global Health faculty members helped lead the second Latin American Workshop on Clinical Research Methods in Oral Health, held Feb. 22-27 at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru.

    The conference, whose theme was “An Update on HIV,” was conducted jointly with the University of Washington School of Public Health and School of Dentistry. Dr. Joseph Zunt, Professor of Global Health and Professor of Neurology, was principal investigator on a Fogarty International Center training grant that funded the conference.

    Thirty-two people attended this year’s conference, drawn from a pool of about 70 applicants made up mostly of junior faculty from Latin American universities.

    Dentistry faculty presenters included:

    • Susan Coldwell, Associate Dean (behavioral sciences)
    • Timothy DeRouen, Director of the Center for Global Oral Health (randomized clinical trials)
    • Ana Lucia Seminario, Pediatric Dentistry (epidemiology)
    • Charles Spiekerman (biostatistics)

    Dentistry alumnus Dr. Jorge Luis Castillo (Orthodontics Class of 2000), chair of pediatric dentistry at Caetano Heredia University, was a conference faculty member, as he was last year. The faculty also included Dr. Lilliam Pinzon of the University of California at San Francisco.

    Last year’s workshop, which was also held at Cayetano Heredia University, marked the School of Dentistry’s first clinical training research foray into the Southern Hemisphere. The workshop is a shorter version of the school’s annual six-week Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods, which has helped hone the skills of researchers from around the world for more than 20 years.

    Dr. Seminario, who also helped organize the 2014 workshop, said last year that it underscored the value of a face-to-face presentation.

    “Culturally, it has a lot of impact when someone from a developed country goes to a developing country,” she said. “It also shows us the need for more training, and our goal is to encourage more evidence-based research.”

    This article is cross-posted from the School of Dentistry Website.
    Photo: University of Washington faculty presenters in Lima, Peru with colleauges from Caetano Heredia University. Courtesy of School of Dentistry.

  • March 13, 2015

    University of Washington faculty and student analysts from the START Center contributed key background research for a report on gender inequality released this week and promoted by three global health powerhouses: Melinda Gates, Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton.

    "Women and girls should be able to lead the lives we want, wherever we’re born and wherever we live. This simple view is the reason that we collaborated on this report. We hope that the data in it can be used to help get us there." - Melinda Gates, Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton.

    The Full Participation Report was commissioned to examine progress made since the landmark Beijing Declaration made headlines when leaders from around the world committed to ensuring that women and girls have the opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of life. Since the Declaration in 1995, the status of women and girls has improved, but a deeper look into the data shows there is still much work to be done to secure gender equality on global scale. For example, one in three women experience physical or sexual violence, and 200 million fewer women have internet access than men in the developing world.

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the No Ceilings initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation commissioned the report and it features downloadable data on the state of women. Its 850,000 data points cover a variety of issues including education, maternity leave, child marriage, and voting rights.

    The University of Washington students specifically analyzed violence against women, and women in the media, two of the key Beijing declarations. The team identified indicators (e.g. measures of the status of these areas, such as prevalence of violence against women, existence of laws protecting women) and data sources to measure the indicators. They ranked the data sources in terms of quality and ability to evaluate changes over time to see how much progress had been made in the areas addressed by the Beijing Declaration in the past 20 years. These inventories were then shared with the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) of The Economist, which created many of the visualizations for the report.

    Department of Global Health faculty and students from the START Center who contributed background research to this report include: Jonathan Muir, PhD student in Sociology; Emily Deischel, PhD student in Epidemiology; Erica Lokken, MS student in Epidemiology; Pamela Kohler, PhD, faculty mentor and Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health and School of Nursing; and Lisa Manhart, faculty mentor, START Center Co-Director, and Associate Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Global Health. 

    To learn more about gender inequality, follow ‪#‎NoCeilings and visit to view the report.

    The START Center at the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health uses an innovative mentorship model to provide high-quality analysis and research support to public health organizations while developing applied research and analytic skills or graduate research assistants in global and domestic public health. To learn more visit the START Center website.

  • Benita Beamon, associate professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, adjunct associate professor of Global Health, and faculty fellow with the Department of Global Health and College of the Environment passed away Nov. 29, 2014 from colorectal cancer. She was 48. Beamon appeared in our Pathways to Global Health video series speaking on her work in complex humanitarian emergencies. She will be greatly missed.

    Her obituary was posted on the funeral home website:

    Benita Michele Beamon, age 48, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at her home after a courageous fight against colorectal cancer.

    Benita was born June 11, 1966 in Atlanta, GA. She grew up in Apple Valley, MN, and graduated from Apple Valley High School in 1984. Benita received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; an M.S. in Operations Research from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; and a Ph.D. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

    Benita is survived by her mother, Sylvia Sugars Beamon of Eagan, MN & father, Louis Beamon of Apple Valley, MN; her partner of 2.5 years, Lauri Aicher (Casey, Ande, Keegan) of Seattle, WA; one brother, Barry Beamon of Monroe, SD; one nephew, Dominick Beamon of St. Paul, MN; four aunts: Christine Sugars Edwards of Portsmouth, VA; Gloria Sugars Fox (Herbert) of Stone Mountain, GA; Jean Sugars of Philadelphia, PA; and Ruth Sugars of Silver Spring, MD; three uncles: Earl Sugars (Edna) of Thornburg, VA; James Sugars (Helen) of Ashburn, VA; and Lorenzo Sugars (Edna) of Chesapeake, VA; one great aunt, Rosa Jenkins of Portsmouth, VA; and many cousins.

    Benita Beamon was a pioneer in humanitarian logistics research. Her expertise was in humanitarian relief chains, sustainability, and supply chains and production systems research. She very much wanted to use her expertise to make the world a better place. She was an avid musician and patron of the arts. She loved football and baseball, and was a big fan of the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, and Seattle Seahawks. She enjoyed watching movies and listening to music.

    She is preceded in death by her partner of 21 years, Sherry Ann Muhl, and her grandparents Earl & Esther Sugars and Dorsey & Lillian Beamon. In lieu of flowers, we would appreciate a donation to be made in Benita’s name to the United Nations’ Central Emergency Relief Fund through the following website:
  • The Department of Global Health is excited to announce five funding opportunities for travel support and fieldwork experiences for graduate and professional students, and medical residents at the University of Washington.

    These funding opportunities are administered by the Global Health Resource Center and provide assistance for costs associated with doing fieldwork outside of Seattle. Applications for each may be submitted via a Common Application and Catalyst Dropbox. Visit each fellowship page to learn more and apply now! The deadline is 11:59 p.m., Friday, February 27, 2015. SCOPE Fellowship Application Deadline Extended to Monday, March 16, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

    Applicants are required to use the Common Application and Catalyst Dropbox to complete their application. Students are encouraged to apply for more than one fellowship, but are only eligible to receive one award per application cycle. If a student is awarded and accepts the fellowship, they must immediately withdraw their applications to other Department of Global Health fellowships or funded programs. Fellowship recipients must meet all program deadlines and program requirements, including attendance at a mandatory pre-departure orientation on Sunday, May 3, 2015

    Common eligibility criteria:

    • Graduate or professional students enrolled in a full-time University of Washington degree program.
    • Medical residents enrolled in a University of Washington residency program are eligible to apply for:
           -- George Povey Social Justice and Activism in Global Health Fellowship
           -- Global Opportunities (GO) Health Fellowship
    • Good academic standing.
    • Not currently receiving another DGH award or fellowship for the same time period, or for the same program or fieldwork experience.
    • Medical and post-doc fellows, and undergraduates are NOT eligible for any of these awards.

    Please review the criteria for each of the awards to ensure that you have submitted the proper documentation to complete the process. Apply now using the Common Application. All documents must be submitted via Catalyst Dropbox by 11:59 p.m., Friday, February 27, 2015. SCOPE Fellowship Application Deadline Extended to Monday, March 16, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

  • Universidad Mayor de San Marcos in Lima received Peru's award for a “Center of Excellence.” The award was given to the Center for Technical, Biomedical and Environmental Research at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, along with an award of 16.7 million soles (equivalent to nearly US$5.6 million). The center is supported by the University of Washington and la Universidad Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil.

    United States Ambassador to Peru, Brian A. Nichols, was in attendance to acknowledge the award.

    The team that applied for and won this award included Jorge Alarcon, MD, MPH, PhD, Professor at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and Affiliate Professor of Global Health at UW. Alarcon works closely with Joseph Zunt, MD, MPH, UW Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Global Health.  Zunt is currently co-director of four NIH-funded research training programs in Peru that cover a variety of health-related disciplines. He has been working in Peru since 1996.

    The award is from the Committee of Science, Techonology, etc. (CONCYTEC) and is the first time the Peruvian government has provided an award for developing a Center of Excellence. They will provide additional center development awards, perhaps annually, to develop new centers. 

    The new Center at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, "Centro de Investigaciones Tecnológicas, Biomédicas y Medioambientales” (Center for Technical, Biomedical and Environmental Research), will support interdisciplinary health-related research in Peru.

    Photo courtesy of Universidad Mayor de San Marcos. Left to right: Rector of UNMSM,  Dr. Pedro Cotillo; President of the Council of Ministers, Ana Jara; President of  CONCYTEC, Dr. Gisella Orjeda;  and U.S. ambassador,  Brian A. Nichols

  • The University of Washington/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) International Core is delighted to announce this year’s International Pilot and Global to Local Awards. The proposals were recently reviewed by a committee, which included seven reviewers from three CFAR-affiliated institutions.

    Congratulations to the awardees:

    Robert de la Grecca
    "Stigma, coping, mental health, and adherence to care among newly diagnosed HIV patients: a longitudinal study"
    Lima, Peru 

    Renee Heffron
    "Safer Conception among Seattle Area HIV-1 Serodiscordant Couples"
    Seattle, Washington 

    Jennifer Slyker
    "Financial Incentives to Increase Pediatric HIV testing"
    Nairobi, Kenya 

    Additionally, the CFAR International Core is delighted to announce this year’s International Infrastructure Awards. These awards enhance clinical, laboratory, and administrative capacity and provide opportunities for new research. The proposals were recently reviewed by a committee, which included nine reviewers from three CFAR-affiliated institutions.

    Congratulations to the awardees:

    John Kinuthia
    Colposcope and cryotherapy equipment, Discordant Couples Clinic, Kenyatta National Hospital

    Nairobi, Kenya

    Kenneth Sherr
    Conference tables and chairs, Beira Operations Research Center, Mozambique

    Beira, Mozambique

    Benson Singa
    Server and Air Conditioner, UW Kenya Country Offices

    Nairobi, Kenya

    Joseph Zunt
    Polycom, Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Center

    Bangkok, Thailand

    The CFAR International Core remains committed to seeking additional funding sources, as all the applications highlighted this very important and ongoing need.

    For more information on the UW/FHCRC CFAR International Core, click here.

  • The Department of Global Health is pleased to announce that we will provide at least six individuals with $500 grants to help support their travel, registration, and expenses to attend the 6th Annual Conference of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), “Mobilizing Research for Global Health”, March 26-28, 2015, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, MA.  We are currently accepting applications for these travel grants from University of Washington faculty, staff, students, and house staff.

    The awards will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis to those individuals who meet the following criteria:

    •         Junior faculty, full-time staff member, full-time student, or professional trainee at the University of Washington

    •         Actively participating in the 6th Annual CUGH Conference by giving an oral presentation, presenting a poster, hosting a table talk OR organizing a panel discussion, lecture, poster, table talk, or other aspect of the meeting

    •         Are clear that the maximum award amount is $500 and that they will be responsible for covering the remainder of their conference travel and expenses through other sources


    Completed applications should be emailed to Daren Wade, and consist of:

    1)     Completed DGH Travel Grant Application (attached)

    2)     Additional support documentation, which includes a copy of a confirmation email indicating that you have been accepted to present a poster, lecture, panel presentation, or table talk at the 6th Annual CUGH Conference and a copy of your conference registration.

    Deadline for the application will be Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

    Applications will be reviewed by Department leadership, as they are received and will be awarded based on their compatibility with the criteria above. 

    REGISTER FOR THE MEETING: Applicants are encouraged to register as soon as possible as registration rates increase on February 1.  Current University of Washington faculty, staff, and students, are eligible for the “Member” rates. 

    Download the application.

    For questions, please email Daren Wade, Director, Global Health Resource Center,

    For more information about the 6th Annual CUGH Conference, visit

    Daren Wade, MSW
    Director, Global Health Resource Center
    Department of Global Health
    University of Washington

  • Assoc. Prof. Donna Denno contributed to this Special Supplement in the Journal of Adolescent Health, and her December 18 Op-ed in the Seattle Times further highlights the issue of adolesent health. From the WHO website:

    GENEVA 18 December 2014 - There is growing recognition of the importance of addressing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents and young people. According to a WHO-led Special Supplement in the Journal of Adolescent Health – published online today – which marks the twentieth anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development, efforts must be intensified to ensure that the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents (10-19 years) and young people (10-24 years) are met and their rights fulfilled.

    From the World Health Organization website.