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A Conversation with DGH and the Anand Giridharadas
The Department of Global Health selected Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas as the department Common Book. This is meant to serve as a platform for our community of students, staff, and faculty to highlight important issues that we think impact global health as a discipline. And we felt Winners Take All really challenged us in many ways.
Alumna Highlight: Veronica Davé, PhD - Pathobiology
What year did you graduate:
Favorite part about grad school:
The community of students in Pathobiology, and being a part of the larger science and global health community in Seattle. I loved how interdisciplinary the training was in Pathobiology. I felt like I learned how to listen to and present to colleagues across a wide spectrum of specialties within infectious disease and global health research.
Favorite Pathobiology memory:
Meet the 2022-2023 DGH Research Assistants and Fellows
Each year the UW Department of Global Health is able to provide partial to full funding to recruit top applicants. In addition to financial support, some recipients also receive mentorship and real-world experience through research assistant positions. For the 2022-2023 academic year, 14 outstanding graduate students received funding to support their studies. Learn more about this impressive cohort, including their journeys to arrive at UW and the impact they hope to have on the field of global health.
Current Student Highlight: Crystal Chhan, Pathobiology PhD Program
When did you join the program:
I joined Pathobiology in 2021. My permanent lab is the McGuire Lab at the Fred Hutch where we study protective antibody responses against viral infections to design effective vaccines.
Favorite part about grad school:
I really enjoy how collaborative and helpful students and faculty are at UW! Cool science with cool people.
Favorite grad school memory:
New DGH Director of Finance and Administration – Abraham Guizar
The Department of Global Health is pleased to announce that Abraham Guizar has accepted the position of Director of Finance and Administration. “I have great confidence that Abraham has the experience, skillset, personality, and attitude necessary to lead DGH as the next Director of Finance and Administration,” said Interim DGH Chair Dr. Carey Farquhar. “He understands the advantages and challenges of sitting in SPH and SOM and the complexity of navigating our decentralized CPI model.
In the Media
Community care model improves uptake of TB preventive therapy, KZN study finds
The uptake and continuation of tuberculosis (TB) preventive therapy were much higher when it was provided through a community-based model compared to the standard clinic-based model, a study conducted in KwaZulu-Natal found. The findings were presented at the recent Conference for Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle, USA.
DGH faculty members Adrienne Shapiro, Ruanne Barnabas (now at Massachusetts General Hospital), and Connie Celum were involved in the research, as well as DGH staff members Torin Schaafsma, Meighan Krows, and Susan Morrison.
Ukraine gets new mental health center for soldiers, locals with trauma
Officially known as the Lviv Mental Health Center, the 5,000-square-foot renovated space offers free and low-cost services from about a dozen professional psychotherapists and psychiatrists. The goal is to treat wounded Ukrainian soldiers and locals suffering from PTSD and other stress-related conditions brought on by the war.
Abraham Flaxman, associate professor of global health and health metrics sciences at the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, is quoted.
Tacoma woman with tuberculosis facing arrest for refusing treatment
A Tacoma woman with tuberculosis is facing arrest after her counter-arguments in court were unsuccessful. The court order says she can be released when she is no longer a threat to the community.
Dr. Thomas Hawn, adjunct professor of global health and of laboratory medicine and pathology in the UW School of Medicine, is quoted.
Where more people will die — and live — because of hotter temperatures
The scientific paper published in the June 2021 issue of the journal Nature Climate Change was alarming. Between 1991 and 2018, the peer-reviewed study reported, more than one-third of deaths from heat exposure were linked to global warming. Hundreds of news outlets covered the findings. The message was clear: climate change is here, and it’s already killing people.
Kristie Ebi, professor of global health and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is quoted.
I-TECH Supported Reference Center Serves as Critical Lifeline for People with Advanced HIV Disease
The Alto Maé Reference Center (CRAM) provides a specialized package of care and treatment services for patients with advanced HIV disease from the urban health network of Maputo, Mozambique.
Since January 1, 2021, the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) has served as the Ministry of Health’s primary partner for managing CRAM.