Population Health

July 26, 2023

UW Bothell lecturer on journey to support ALS patients through game technology

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, with those diagnosed eventually losing the ability to speak and move. Augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and video games may offer benefits, which is a research direction one University of Washington Bothell faculty member is…

July 18, 2023

Awardees of autumn quarter 2022 Tier 1 pilot research grants report their progress

The Population Health Initiative awarded Tier 1 pilot grants in autumn quarter 2022 to nine different teams that are working to lay an interdisciplinary foundation for future projects to generate proof-of-concept. Each of the funded projects has now reached the mid-point of their work, and investigators have shared a range of positive progress that is…

July 13, 2023

New research investigates long-term health risks for firefighters

Firefighters face occupational risks in the profession on a daily basis. Potential exposures to toxic chemicals is the focus for three major research studies by investigators at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health. The first study is concerned with firefighters’ exposure to PFAs (per- and polyfluorinated substances) due to its prevalence in fire…

July 11, 2023

Initiative jointly funds two Innovation Gap Fund projects with CoMotion

The University of Washington Population Health Initiative continued its annual partnership with CoMotion to jointly fund two Innovation Gap Funds of $50,000 each. This $100,000 in funding will support projects that simultaneously support the UW’s vision for improving population health while also fulfilling the CoMotion Innovation Fund’s goal of enabling research that will achieve sustainable…

June 29, 2023

New test can identify Alzheimer-related protein in blood years before symptoms emerge

Most Alzheimer’s patients are currently diagnosed only after they present with symptoms of the disease. University of Washington researchers are working to create a reliable diagnostic test that can detect signs of Alzheimer’s prior to a patient exhibiting symptoms. The research team found that seeds of Alzheimer’s are planted in the brain years before diagnosis….

June 27, 2023

Exploring the benefits of home-based food businesses in Washington State

Inequitable access to economic resources and employment opportunities plays a significant role in health disparities. In the United States, for example, women, immigrants and people of color face many barriers to securing high-quality jobs and financial security. As a result, marginalized communities may see benefits from unconventional careers like self-employment as a means of mitigating…

June 22, 2023

Five awardees of 2022 Tier 3 pilot research grants report on their progress

The Population Health Initiative awarded five Tier 3 pilot grants to University of Washington project teams representing seven different UW schools and colleges as well as several community-based partners in June 2022. These awards from the initiative’s Tier 3 pilot grant program were intended to support faculty and PI-eligible staff to create follow-on opportunities for…

June 20, 2023

Fall interdisciplinary team science, community engaged research workshop scheduled

Join the University of Washington Health Sciences Schools, College of Engineering and the Population Health Initiative this fall for an appointment, promotion and tenure (APT) workshop. The workshop will take place on Monday, September 25, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health (Room 155). The aim of…

June 13, 2023

Initiative announces awardees of spring quarter 2023 Tier 3 pilot research grants

The Population Health Initiative has announced the award of four Tier 3 pilot grants. The total value of these awards is approximately $910,000, which included $800,000 in funding from the initiative plus additional matching funds from different schools, colleges and units. “We were pleased with the range of innovative applications we received, and we are…

June 7, 2023

Winning papers announced for 2023 Population Health Library Research Awards

The Population Health Initiative announced today that four University of Washington undergraduate students have been honored with 2023 Population Health Library Research Awards. This award was created in 2017 in partnership with the UW Libraries and is open to undergraduates from all three University of Washington campuses. The projects submitted were completed for either UW…

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