NIH Renews Funding for Fogarty Training Consortium, Led by UW

The National Institutes of Health has renewed its support for University of Washington (UW) as a leader in developing the next generation of physicians, veterinarians, dentists, and scientists trained in global health with a $4.5 million grant to extend the Northern Pacific Fogarty Global Health Fellows (NPGH) training program for the next five years (2017–2022). Support is provided through the Fogarty International Center, which will distribute awards totaling more than $25.9 million to six consortia that include 24 U.S.

The Guardian: Soaring Suicide and Murder Rates Compound Middle East Suffering

Research shows deaths due to violence such as homicide and sexual assault are rising much more steeply in the eastern Mediterranean region than elsewhere.

Violent acts including suicide, homicide and sexual assaults are increasing faster in the eastern Mediterranean region than in any other in the world, adding to the suffering of populations experiencing conflict and war.

MedPage Today: LEEP Rather Than Freeze to Prevent Cervical Cancer

The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) took place in Seattle in mid-February, a forum for researchers and advocates to discuss the basic science and clinical discoveries of human retroviruses and associated diseases.

Sharon Greene, MPH student in Epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health, presented findings during CROI on a 3-year study comparing the effectiveness of cryotherapy and loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) to eliminate risk of cervical pre-cancer for women living with HIV. 

King5: UW Student Wins Coveted Grant to Develop HIV Rapid Test

By LiLi Tan

University of Washington students are developing a test that could improve the lives of people around the world. It’s a credit card-sized HIV test called the OLA Simple.

“Very much looking like a pregnancy test. So there will be lines and you can know the result right away,” Nuttada Panpradist said. The Global WACh Certificate and fourth year bioengineering PhD student recently won a $50,000 APF Student Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare from Massachusetts General Hospital.

Politifact: Does Tuberculosis Top HIV/AIDS as the Deadlier Disease?

By John Greenburg

Among nations, the United States is the runaway leader in the money it spends on global health programs, and the looming question for advocates is what will happen under President Donald Trump and a Republican Congress. Nick Seymour, a Harvard junior volunteering at a health clinic in Mexico, argued for sustained spending.

The Lancet: Profile of Jared Baeten, Aiming to See Off HIV

By Tony Kirby

"The last person that I train, I want that training to be in something other than HIV", says Jared Baeten. Speaking to The Lancet Infectious Diseases from the HIV Research for Prevention Conference (HIVR4P) in Chicago, IL, where he brought a 12-strong team of his researchers, Baeten explains: “When that time comes, I want HIV to have been eliminated as public health threat, so we can focus on other diseases”. 

Humanosphere: Op-ed: Is Global Health Industry Too Self-Serving In the Fight Against AIDS?

By Scott Barnhart and Joanna Diallo

Washington state’s global health community is a recognized leader in the fight against many diseases of poverty including HIV/AIDS. No question about that. The question is whether our region’s leadership, the way we choose to fight the pandemic, is actually doing more for us than the people we claim to be helping.

Focusing on Adolescents For an AIDS-Free Generation

Op-ed by Jennifer Slyker

This World AIDS Day, we applaud gains against the world HIV/AIDS epidemic and optimistically embark upon a new vaccine trial. But we also recognize our work is far from done especially when it comes to young people. Without a significant global transformation in priorities and resources towards adolescents, we leave them at risk of dying from a preventable and treatable disease.

Jared Baeten Announced as Next Director of CFAR

Jared Baeten, MD, PhD, current Vice Chair of the Department of Global Health, has accepted the position of Director of the University of Washington/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) starting January 1, 2017. After 30 years as CFAR Director, King Holmes will transition to a Co-Director role and will remain an active member of the CFAR Leadership Team.

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