HS Newsbeat: Major Milestone Reached Against Infectious Diseases

By Bobbi Nodell

A collaboration involving UW Medicine researchers reached a major milestone toward helping investigators create drug therapies and vaccines for some of the world’s major infectious diseases.

The group solved 1,000 protein structures from more than 70 infectious disease organisms.

Understanding protein structures -- the basis of drug therapy and vaccines -- is key to understanding how infectious diseases are different from us, said Dr. Wesley Van Voorhis, head of the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the UW School of Medicine.

Washington State Should Pass Parental Leave

By Kyleen Luhrs, Alee Perkins, Rachel Shaffer, Kelsey Sholund, Manahil Siddiqi, and Rebecca Wu, students at the University of Washington schools of medicine and public health. Manahil Siddiqi is pursuing a graduate certificate in the global health of women, adolescents and children.

As students at the University of Washington School of Medicine and School of Public Health, we are concerned about the lack of paid parental leave in Washington state.

HS Newsbeat: National Doctors Day, UW Medicine Physician stats

Thousands of academic faculty and community physicians are affiliated with the patient care, educational and research endeavors of UW Medicine. They work for their patients and to improve the health of the public locally, regionally and globally.

For National Doctors Day, March 30, 2017, UW Medicine put together a statistical and informational snapshot. 

Read about UW Medicine's doctors

Medical Students Selected for Immersive Summer Program

Eight first-year medical students at the UW School of Medicine (UWSOM) have been selected for the Global Health Immersion Program (GHIP) through the Department of Global Health (DGH). They will travel to various countries over the summer for an intensive program to gain first-hand experience in understanding the health challenges facing people in low- and middle-income countries. GHIP is the UW's flagship global health program for pre-clinical medical students, and has supported over 30 students since its inception. 

UW Medicine’s Primary Care, Family and Rural Medicine Programs Lead National Rankings

For the 23rd time in the past 24 years, the University of Washington ranked as the No. 1 primary care medical education program in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Graduate School rankings

The family medicine and rural medicine training programs have also led the nation since those rankings began in 1991. The UW’s doctor of nursing practice program landed in the No. 3 position. 

Seattle Times: Healing the Global Village

“I want to live in a reality where we take vaccines for granted,” says Augustine Ajuogu. He grew up in Nigeria, where he saw firsthand the devastating effects of diseases like tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. In fact, he lost an uncle to TB.

Now a third-year medical student at the UW School of Medicine, Ajuogu has a goal.

“I’m focused on reducing the impact of treatable diseases, and the way I want to do that is through vaccines and drugs,” he says. “I imagine a world free from the threat of infectious diseases.”

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ASPPH: Hypertension a Hidden Chronic Condition among Adults in Suburban Nepal

Originally published in ASPPH

More than 50 percent of adults with high blood pressure in suburban Nepal don’t know they have it, according to researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health and the Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences.