Widely available antibiotic helps prevent bacterial STIs in certain populations, UW clinical trial finds

The Seattle Times

New research has found an antibiotic that’s been around for decades could help prevent sexually transmitted bacterial diseases, according to a recent University of Washington clinical trial that proved so effective in certain populations it ended early.

Dr. Connie Celum, a UW professor of global health, medicine and epidemiology co-led the research.

WA hired a climate epidemiologist — and not a moment too soon


Experts say the move is an important step to recognizing climate change’s relationship with disease and death. When wildfire smoke billows through the Colville Reservation, it tends to stick around in the deep mountain-lined valleys where most residents live.

The 1.4 million acre reservation in north central Washington is home to more than 5,000 people who have bore the brunt of the state’s increasing wildfire disasters spurred by climate change. Dr. Jeremy Hess, director of UW Center for Health and the Global Environment was mentioned. 

How Will We Handle The Heat?


Heat waves have become much more common in major U.S. cities over the last few decades, from an average of two per year in the 1960s to six per year in the 2010s. Global temperatures are also rising steadily, at a pace of around 0.17 degrees Fahrenheit per decade since 1901. That might sound small, but in climate science, it’s a lot. 2016 was the warmest year on record, and 2020 was the second warmest.

PAI Life Sciences Doses First Healthy Volunteer in Schistosomiasis Vaccine Clinical Trial

Business Wire

PAI Life Sciences, a biotechnology company specializing in translational research for neglected tropical diseases, today announced the dosing of the first healthy volunteer in a clinical trial of SchistoShield®, the company’s preventive vaccine against schistosomiasis, a major tropical disease threatening nearly 1 billion people in 79 countries with more than 260 million people currently infected. Darrick Carter, professor of global health, was mentioned.

DGH Announces 2022 Outstanding Staff Award Recipient

The Department of Global Health recently awarded its 2022 Outstanding Staff Award to Arika Johnson (Program Manager, DGH Core). Her role as program manager for the newly implemented faculty search includes working with DGH leadership, Faculty Search Council, Human Resources, Communications, students and faculty candidates. Arika has done a phenomenal job supporting the DGH Faculty Search Council through the biggest, most complex faculty search the Department has ever done.

Finding those who are forgotten in public health data

UW School of Public Health

In March of 2021, Horacio Chacon Torrico arrived in Seattle to begin his second year of graduate studies at the University of Washington School of Public Health, after having completed the first two quarters remotely from his home in Lima, Peru. Within no more than a week of arriving, he received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. But as he scrolled through his Facebook feed, he saw posts from friends in Peru who grieved their lost loved ones from the pandemic. Chacon Torrico felt guilt at having so easily received his vaccine, when so many from his home country were suffering.