STREAM Study Shows Point-of-Care Viral Load Testing Can Improve HIV Outcomes

The Simplifying HIV TREAtment and Monitoring (STREAM) study, led by Global Health professor Paul Drain and recently published in The Lancet HIV, found that point-of-care HIV viral load monitoring and task shifting significantly improved viral suppression and retention in HIV care, as compared to standard laboratory-based HIV viral load testing. This study was the first randomized controlled trial to compare rapid point-of-care HIV viral load testing against standard of care lab-based HIV viral load testing, which usually takes several weeks to return results to patients.

New Daily Newsletter Provides COVID-19 Literature Situation Report

The UW MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Security has released a new daily newsletter that provides a succinct summary of the latest scientific literature related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each day, there is a firehose of new scientific information emerging about COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2. This initiative is an attempt to focus that hose to highlight new findings that are most relevant to the public health response.

Health Alliance International: A COVID-19 Information Hub

Health Alliance International (HAI), a center of the University of Washington Department of Global Health, has launched their spin on a COVID information hub. The hub is providing updates on the pandemic in Mozambique, Timor-Leste, and Côte d’Ivoire, while also highlighting the adaptation and resilience of health workers and resource-limited health systems. 

DGH Grad Student Wins Population Health Fellowship, Will Help Launch Clean Drinking Water Tech (UW School of Public Health, includes Juan Osorio-Valencia)

Juan Osorio-Valencia from the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine is one of four graduate students from the UW awarded Social Entrepreneurship Fellowships by the Population Health Initiative.

EarthLab announces Innovation Grant Recipients for 2020 (UW News, includes Coco Alarcon)

Research projects funded for 2020 by EarthLab’s Innovation Grants Program will study how vegetation might reduce pollution, help an Alaskan village achieve safety and resilience amid climate change, organize a California river’s restoration with tribal involvement, compare practices in self-managed indigenous immigrant communities and more.

DGH Announces 2020 Outstanding Staff Award Recipient

The Department of Global Health recently awarded its 2020 Outstanding Staff Award to Noura Youssoufa (Academic Advisor, MPH and Undergraduate Programs). Her role as Academic Advisor includes working with prospective MPH students – both in-person, online, and at conference recruitment events – as well as organizing Visit Days for all admitted graduate students in the department.

Global Health Professor Receives Grant to Develop Antigen-Based COVID-19 Test

With a new $765,120 grant, Global Health professor Paul Drain will lead a study to develop an antigen-based COVID-19 test – as well as evaluate PCR-based tests and immunological assays – to be used at the point of care. This grant, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is titled “Developing and Evaluating Point-of-Care Antigen and Immunoassays for COVID-19 and Cytokine Release Syndrome among people being screened for SARS-CoV-2 infection in Seattle”.

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