Population Health

January 11, 2017

Initiative funds studio grant to explore global health partnerships

World map, blue countries illustration EPS10 vector file.

The Population Health Initiative, in partnership with the UW’s Simpson Center for the Humanities, has awarded a Collaboration Studio Grant to a research team examining how global health partnerships have been developed, enacted and changed over time. The project, “The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Global Health Partnerships in Africa,” will draw from the…

January 9, 2017

Decoding dyslexia with non-invasive brain imaging


The brain has evolved over thousands of years to allow humans to communicate through language. Reading is a relatively new skill for the brain, however, which leads assistant professor Jason Yeatman to wonder if dyslexia is a byproduct of visual systems being wired slightly differently in some humans. With the aid of non-invasive brain imaging…

January 3, 2017

Initiative awards pilot funds for AR/VR-based rehabilitation therapy

Professor Joshua Smith's Sensor Systems Laboratory photos

The Population Health Initiative, in partnership with the UW’s Office of Global Affairs, has awarded a $15,000 Global Innovation Fund pilot to a team attempting to deploy augmented reality/virtual reality-based rehabilitation therapy via cell phones. The project, which is led by Dr. Pierre D. Mourad of UW Bothell, seeks to find ways to “gamify” home-based…

December 22, 2016

Air pollution accelerates plaque build-up in arteries to heart


Researchers have long understood that lengthy exposure to air pollution is directly linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Thanks to the result of a 10-year study led by professor Joel Kaufman, we now have not only a greater understanding of the biological responses to pollution that lead to heart disease, but we also…

December 20, 2016

Effects of shoreline armoring on the ecosystem

A seawall along Harbor Avenue Southwest in West Seattle. Hugh Shipman

The seawalls and bulkheads around the Salish Sea protect the land from erosion and landslides. However, the unintended consequences from this armoring include smaller beaches and reduced habitats for spawning fish and invertebrates, which then indirectly impacts larger species such as orca whales. A recent University of Washington study analyzed 65 pairs of sites broadly…

December 15, 2016

UW Livable City Year program seeking municipal partners

Bellevue Washington from Lake with Mountains

The University of Washington’s Livable City Year initiative is now accepting proposals from cities, counties, special districts and regional partnerships to be partners during the 2017-2018 academic year. UW Livable City Year (UW LCY) connects university faculty and students with a municipal partner for a full academic year to work on projects fostering livability. The…

December 13, 2016

IHME study finds large increases in U.S. deaths related to substance abuse and mental disorders

IHME US Health Map

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington released a new study today that found substantial geographic differences in mortality in more than 3,100 U.S. counties. The study, which was published in JAMA, found that more than 2,000 counties had increases of 200 percent or more in deaths related to…

December 6, 2016

Creating devices that reanimate paralyzed limbs

CSNE researchers examine flexible neural recording fibers that can be used in implantable devices for restoring motor function in stroke and spinal cord injury patients. 
 Photo Credit: MIT/CSNE

Researchers at the UW’s Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering are developing groundbreaking new medical devices intended to help restore function and mobility in individuals stricken by spinal cord injury or stroke. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, these researchers have developed implantable devices that can detect brain signals and transmit that information to other parts of the body’s…

November 30, 2016

Community engagement leads to new vision screening law


The routine distance-vision eye test has long been a staple of public school education in the State of Washington. Near-vision problems have not traditionally received the same scrutiny, which will soon change thanks to a new law signed by Governor Jay Inslee earlier this year. The law grew out of a vision and learning symposium…

November 23, 2016

Inspiring underrepresented high school students to become next generation of nurses


Less than 20 percent of the U.S. nursing workforce are from low income or underrepresented backgrounds, yet the patients those future nurses will serve are increasingly likely to be minorities. The UW School of Nursing is widening the pathway to nursing for minority students through the UW Nurse Camp. Each summer, high school students get…

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