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May 22, 2019

UW research measures air traffic pollution around Sea-Tac Airport

EOHS Research Scientist Tim Gould checks air sampling instruments set up on the roof of the SeaTac Community Center.

Research led by the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences is measuring air traffic pollution around Sea-Tac Airport to understand potential health effects on nearby communities. The research team is measuring the geographic reach of aircraft-related air pollution exposures, distinguishing ultrafine particle emissions from aircraft versus those from cars and trucks….


May 15, 2019

The impact of societal attitudes, political rhetoric on immigrants’ health

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New research from the University of Washington School of Social Work argues that the current political climate, and debates over issues such as a border wall, become part of the environment that influences the health of immigrants to the United States. The study co-authored by assistant professor Jane Lee (pictured) identifies the “sociopolitical context” of…


May 13, 2019

Awardees announced for 2019 undergraduate research recognition awards

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Twelve undergraduate students participating in the 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium have been awarded Population Health Recognition Awards for their innovative and well-presented population health research work. This award was created as a partnership between the Population Health Initiative and the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Research Program in 2017. As was the case in prior years,…


May 8, 2019

Discrimination and PTSD may lead to increased preterm births among African-American women

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New research from the University of Washington’s School of Social Work has connected racial discrimination to PTSD, and thus to preterm birth. African-American women are nearly twice as likely to give birth prematurely as white women. These births often coincide with low birth weight, and together are linked to other developmental delays and health effects…


May 2, 2019

Initiative awards 2019 graduate student conference travel funds

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The Population Health Initiative today announced the funding of 16 Graduate Student Conference Travel Awards. A total of 30 applications were received for these awards, which are intended to further the academic, research or professional goals of graduate students as they strive to become the next generation of leaders in population health. Funding requests of…


April 30, 2019

Improving the health of homeless youth and their pets

Both pets and people receive care at One Health Clinic.

The University of Washington and Washington State University are working with New Horizons Ministries and Neighborcare Health to provide health care and veterinary care to young adults experiencing homelessness – and their pets. Many people experiencing homelessness have pets, but the animals can be a barrier to health care as owners may not want to…


April 24, 2019

UW researchers discover new method to assess platelet health

Researchers at the University of Washington created a microfluidic device that measures platelet health in real time.

Emergency room physicians often have only a few minutes to determine which patients are in need of a blood transfusion. However, these physicians currently have no direct method to assess the health of platelets, one of the most critical component of the blood, which play a huge role in helping blood clot after an injury….


April 17, 2019

Latino Center for Health offering small grant awards of up to $15,000

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The University of Washington Latino Center for Health has announced a funding call for its 2019 Small Grants Program. This program offers funding to projects and partnerships benefitting Latinx communities in Washington State. Letters of intent to apply are due on May 1, 2019. Two levels of funding are currently available through the program: Academic…


April 16, 2019

Exposure to chemical in weedkiller increases risk for cancer

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New research from the University of Washington found that exposure to glyphosate — the world’s most widely used, broad-spectrum herbicide — increases the risk of some cancers by more than 40 percent. The research team conducted an updated meta-analysis — a comprehensive review of existing literature — and focused on the most highly exposed groups…


April 9, 2019

Applications for undergraduate Library Research Awards due May 6

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The Population Health Initiative is again partnering with the University Libraries to offer Population Health Recognition Awards as part of the annual Library Research Award for Undergraduates. The Library Research Award is given to undergraduates who demonstrate outstanding ability to identify, locate, select, evaluate and synthesize library and other information resources and to use them…



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