Global Health Professor Receives $828K Grant to Study HIV Exposure and TB Infection in Children

Dr. Grace John-Stewart, a professor of global health, epidemiology, medicine, and pediatrics at the University of Washington, was recently awarded an $828,368 grant from the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is titled “The effect of HIV exposure and infection on immunity to TB in children”.

HS Newsbeat: How Close are Local Researchers to a Malaria Vaccine?

By Bobbi Nodell and Alex Murphy

As 400,000 people a year are still being killed by malaria, researchers in Seattle are fervently working on a vaccine.

How close are they?

Well, they have several hurdles left but in the next 10 years, there very well could be a malaria vaccine given enough funding, said researchers Stefan Kappe and Jim Kublin, who are working on a vaccine candidate at the Center for Infectious Disease Research (CID Research) in Seattle.

Seattle Times: Millions in Research at UW Could be at Risk in Trump Budget Proposal

The University of Washington has used federal dollars to fund the construction of 15 research buildings in Seattle. Now the Trump administration is talking about slashing that funding.

By Katherine Long

For more than a decade, the University of Washington has used federal research funding to help finance a $1.1 billion building boom in labs and research offices — 15 buildings in all.

But now the Trump administration is talking of sharply curtailing the overhead costs that can be included in research grants.

Global WACh Announces New Scientific Priorities

The Global Center for Woman, Adolescent, and Child health completed its fifth year in June 2016. A Center within the Department of Global Health, it was established to pursue scientific discovery and leadership development by breaking down traditional silos that separate disciplines. Their approach to research was framed from a lifecycle perspective -- one that views women, children and adolescents as interconnected populations that move along a shared life course.

In February Global WACh introduced three newly articulated scientific priority areas:

In the Fight to End TB, UW Establishes New Partnership in Bangladesh

By Alex Murphy

World TB Day, celebrated each year on March 24th, is an opportunity to raise awareness about the global burden of tuberculosis (TB).  The 2017 World TB Day theme is “Unite to End TB,” and some faculty from the University of Washington (UW) embodied the work by creating a new partnership in Bangladesh. 

HS Newsbeat: What Causes Child Stunting? Steps Toward Understanding

By Ashlie Chandler

About 162 million children worldwide under age 5 are considered too short for their age, a growth failure called stunting. Despite efforts to improve child growth, stunting has been difficult to prevent and treat, negatively impacting child health and development.

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health studied what causes child stunting and developed a framework to help deliver effective interventions in low-resource settings.

Nature Research Honors Julie Overbaugh, PhD, for Lifetime of Mentoring

Julie Overbaugh, PhD, Affiliate Professor in the UW Department of Global Health, scientist and member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Endowed Chair of Graduate Education, received the lifetime achievement Nature Award for Mentoring in Science and a $10,000 prize in December. Nature hosts these annual awards to champion the importance of mentoring and inspiring a generation of young scientists.

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