Feb. 12 issue of UW Medicine Insight
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IN THIS ISSUE:
RESEARCH: Neanderthal genes; Zika roundup
CLINICAL: New program for moms with depression
EDUCATION: From high school dropout to medical school
WWAMI: Assistant dean receives Spokane civic honor
PEOPLE: Houra Merrikh receives prize for creative promise
AWARDS: Call for nominations (Due March 4)
EVENTS: Mini Med School: Modern Day Maladies
and much more...
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Global health leader Stephen Gloyd has enriched education programs
The Department of Global Health has made substantial progress during its nine-year history in a number of areas, including building outstanding educational programs for students and trainees throughout the UW. Judy Wasserheit, chair of the department, recently announced that Stephen Gloyd, who has played a major role in building the department’s curriculum as associate chair for education and curriculum, will step down from that position at the end of the current academic year.
Steve is professor of global health with a joint appointment in health services in the School of Public Health. Since joining the UW faculty 30 years ago, he has worked tirelessly to build a strong global health education program, with a particular focus on social justice.
Dr. Gloyd teaching MPH students. (Photo courtesy of Dept, of Global Health)
Steve also works closely with Health Alliance International, a Seattle-based non-profit organization that provides support to Ministries of Health in Mozambique, East Timor, Ivory Coast and Sudan. His extensive experience in Africa, Latin America, and Asia as a clinician, manager, researcher, teacher and policy advocate has been central to the effectiveness and impact of the department’s academic programs and to its emergence as a leader in implementation science. Following his transition at the end of June, Steve will continue to lead the MPH program, as well as the department’s partnerships in China and work with alumni. He leaves an outstanding foundation for subsequent work.
Dr. Carey Farquhar
Carey Farquhar, professor of medicine, global health and epidemiology, has agreed to serve as associate chair for education and curriculum after Steve steps away. Carey has played a major role in international training programs — she currently directs three international training programs — as well as leading the global health pathway in the internal medicine residency program, teaching courses, and conducting research and training. She has published extensively on HIV prevention, correlates of HIV immunity and capacity building/training in sub-Saharan Africa, and provides clinical care to HIV-infected patients one half-day per week at the Madison Clinic.
Please join me in thanking Steve Gloyd for his outstanding contributions as associate chair for education and curriculum in the Department of Global Health and in welcoming Carey Farquhar to that role beginning in July 2016.
Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
CEO, UW Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and
Dean of the School of Medicine,
University of Washington
Neanderthal genes in modern day people and medical conditions
Neandrathal genes linked to depression and tobacco use. (Creative Commons)
Neanderthal DNA present in the human genome can affect certain health-related traits in people of European ancestry -- including depression, coronary heart disease and tobacco use -- according to a paper published Feb. 12 in Science. Vanderbilt University led the study across several institutions, including the University of Washington and Group Health Research Institute. UW faculty involved include Gail Jarvik, head of the Division of Medical Genetics and professor of genome sciences; Josh Akey, UW professor of genome sciences and David Crosslin, UW assistant professor of biomedical informatics and medical education. For more on the story, see article on HSNewsBeat.
How protection against the Zika virus, flu could develop here
Dr. Michael Gale, Jr. directs the UW Center for Innate Immunity and Immune Disease. (Photo by Steve Ringman/Seattle Times)
Both The Seattle Times and KOMO-TV reported on the work of UW’s Center for Innate Immunity and Immune Disease to create a broad-spectrum antiviral to fight RNA viruses such as Zika and the flu. Also, UW researchers successfully tested a computer-designed protein that fended off flu infections in mice. Deborah Fuller, UW associate professor of microbiology, and her colleagues, collaborated with the UW Institute of Protein Design, led by David Baker, UW professor of biochemistry, in the computational design of a small protein that mimicked and even surpassed the binding affinity of the broadly neutralizing antibodies for a target on the flu protein. For more on the story, visit HSNewsBeat. Also
coverage on KIRO-TV.and FOX News.
Hospice staff fail to visit many patients in last days
Patients who were black less likely to be visited in last days. (Creative Commons)
Joan Teno, UW professor of medicine (gerontology and geriatrics), is lead author of a study in JAMA Internal Medicine that shows about one in eight dying patients receiving Medicare-funded hospice care were not visited by hospice staff in the last two days of life. Patients who were black, in nursing homes, and who died on a Sunday were less likely to be visited, the authors noted. For more on the story, see article on HSNewsBeat. Also coverage on KUOW, Healthday, UPI and others.
More research stories involving UW Medicine:
- UW researchers take on Zika virus, KIRO-TV, Feb. 8, 2016.
Researchers at the UW have samples of the virus and are working to develop antiviral compounds.
- Zika virus samples arrive at UW, KING-TV, Feb. 7, 2016.
Samples of the Zika virus have arrived at the UW as part of research to help stop the spread of the virus.
- UW Medicine obstetrician/gynecologist and her colleagues seek to prevent birth defects in Zika virus infection,HSNewsBeat, Feb. 5, 2016.
Kristina Adams Waldorf, UW associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is working with researchers in neuroscience, infectious disease, radiology and pharmacy to study the Zika virus and learn how birth defects can be prevented.
- We can expect more outbreaks like Zika as the climate changes, AP story in Huffington Post, Feb. 3, 2016.
The factors leading to the current Zika outbreak won't be clear for some time, but environmental health experts say there's a good chance such infectious diseases will become more common as the global climate warms. Kristie Ebi, professor of global health at the UW, is quoted. Also, see AP story in New York Times.
- Short answers to hard questions about Zika virus, The New York Times, Feb. 3, 2016.
Hannah Tully, UW acting assistant professor of neurology and Institute for Translational Health Sciences KL2 scholar, weighs in on the microcephaly seen in babies born to women with the Zika virus.
- Zika: A conversation with experts. Recording (hour long) from a panel discussion involving UW Medicine-affiliated faculty Jeffrey Duchin, UW professor of medicine (allergy and infectious disease) and chief epidemiologist at Public Health-Seattle & King County, and Marilyn Parsons, UW affiliate professor of global health, Feb. 3, 2016 at the Center for Infectious Disease Research in South Lake Union.
- We’ve neglected diseases like the Zika virus for too long, TIME, Jan. 26, 2016.
An opinion piece written by Marilyn Parsons, UW affiliated professor of global health.
New programs for helping moms with depression, anxiety
With the addition of two new programs the Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic and the Perinatal Psychiatry Consultation Line UW Medicine has strengthened its efforts to help women navigate difficult choices surrounding pregnancy and mental health.
Both the clinic and the donor-supported consultation line furnish training opportunities for psychiatry residents and others interested in learning how to care for mothers with mental health problems, such as postpartum depression. For more on the story, see article on HSNewsBeat.
Harborview and King County sign 10-year agreement
Harborview Medical Center expands service.
Harborview Medical Center’s renowned system of care will be more accessible in community-based clinics under a new agreement reached by King County leaders and UW President Ana Mari Cauce. The proposed 10-year agreement which could be extended for an additional 20 years will expand Harborview’s reach to community-based clinics with a focus on prevention. It will also help Harborview achieve its core mission of serving those with the greatest need regardless of their ability to pay.
For more on the story, see the press release on the King County website. Also coverage in The Seattle Times, Seattle PI, Puget Sound Business Journal, KPLU and local TV stations.
More clinical stories involving UW Medicine:
Cancer Prevention Month news
- How one man with breast cancer is helping researchers learn, Fred Hutch News Service, Feb. 8, 2016. Julie Gralow, UW professor of medicine (oncology) and breast cancer researcher at Fred Hutch, who treats patients at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, is interviewed.
- Q&A with Elizabeth Swisher, UW professor of obstetrics and gynecology, on ovarian cancer, Yahoo, Feb. 4, 2016. Katie Couric conducts the interview.
- Corey Casper, UW professor of medicine (allergy and infectious diseases) and head of Global Oncology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, talks about fighting cancer in other parts of the world.
Related clinical links:
- Why are stethoscopes still a thing, Motherboard, Feb. 5, 2016. Zachary Goldberger, UW assistant professor of medicine (cardiology), weighs in.
- Family warns other parents after son is burned, KING-TV, Feb. 4, 2016. Tam Pham, UW associate professor of surgery, is interviewed.
- Video | Innovative light therapy helps residents cope with dark Seattle winters, KIRO-TV, Feb. 10, 2016. David Avery, UW professor of psychiatry, is quoted.
- Guns, car crashes, drugs cut US male life expectancy a year, research says, Guardian, Feb. 9, 2016. Frederick Rivara, UW professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
- FDA fields complaints on sleeping pill Suvorexant, Yahoo, Feb. 5, 2016.
A recent analysis of more than 1,000 safety reports submitted to the FDA about the sleeping pill Suvorexant (Belsomra), found that it was associated with agitation, disturbed sleep, and next-day drowsiness. Nathaniel Watson, UW professor of neurology, is quoted.
- NFL rewards, punishes as research funder, ESPN, Feb. 4, 2016.
For two decades, the NFL ran a series of scientific experiments, formed its own research arm and published 16 papers about football and head injuries. Their conclusions were that football players don't get brain damage. Richard Ellenbogen, UW chairman of neurological surgery, is quoted.
- The long history of discrimination in American health scares, TIME, Feb. 1, 2016.
"Since most activities in the United States devoted to the public’s health are local, historical case studies can serve as cautionary tales," writes Guenter Risse, UW affiliate professor of bioethics and humanities.
- Hospitals find a way to say, ‘I’m sorry,’ Wall Street Journal, Feb. 1, 2016.
Stanford Hospital's Pearl program is a model for increasing hospital communication and resolution programs. Thomas Gallagher, UW professor of medicine, is quoted.
- Is the ADHD diagnosis helping or hurting kids? New York Times, Feb. 1, 2016.
The skyrocketing number of children with attention deficit disorders has led some pediatricians to question whether the diagnostic criteria for them is too subjective. Dimitri Christakis, UW professor of pediatrics, is featured.
- Mini microscope could detect cancer right in the operating room, Crosscut, Feb. 1, 2016.
UW researchers say this handheld microscope scope can spot skin and mouth cancers with no biopsy or surgery required — or while surgery is in progress.
- Do antidepressants double the risk of aggression in kids? Buzzfeed, Jan. 31, 2016.
A recent paper shows many flaws in how pharma companies collect and report dangerous side effects of antidepressants. Bryan King, UW professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences who is not affiliated with the research, is quoted.
- 19 surprising things you probably didn't know about herpes, Buzzfeed, Jan. 31, 2016.
The majority of people have the herpes simplex virus. Christine Johnston, UW assistant professor of allergy and infectious disease, comments on the two types of HSV.
- NFL reports concussions up 32 percent in 2015, Chicago Tribune, Jan. 29, 2016.
The NFL reported concussions in the league are up 32 percent. Richard Ellenbogen, co-chairman of the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine Committee and chairman of the UW Department of Neurological Surgery, is quoted. (Subscription may be required)
From high-school dropout to medical student
Timothy Woodiwiss (Lindsey Wasson/Seattle Times)
Last month, first-year UW medical student Timothy Woodiwiss was one of 34 students honored by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges for using a two-year college education as a springboard to a new life. For Woodiwiss, who dropped out of high school, got a D in organic chemistry and cycled through a half-dozen majors and career ideas, studying medicine at UW seemed like a dream.
Looking back, Woodiwiss thinks his insatiable appetite for reading as a teenager helped get him through the first quarters of college. He learned discipline in the military, and his faith played an important role in what he’s achieved. But community college was pivotal. “Without community college, I never would have had a chance to go to university,” he said. From community college in Moses Lake, he graduated magna cum laude from WSU, was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, and spent thousands on a preparatory class for the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT, while he and his wife cared for daughter Isabella, now 2.
He was accepted to three medical schools, including the UW, which became his top pick. For more on his inspiring journey, see the article in The Seattle Times.
Ramoncita “Raye” Maestas named assistant dean for student affairs
Dr. Raye Maestas
Raye Maestas, UW associate professor of family medicine, will serve as assistant dean for student affairs, working primarily with students in the Foundations curriculum in Seattle. Maestas served as the head of Denali College and was a founding College system mentor.
Maestas also has extensive experience around race, diversity and inclusion and will bring her expertise in this area to support students from all backgrounds and experiences. Maestas began her new role on Feb. 1, 2016.
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UW School of Medicine assistant dean receives Spokane civic honor
Dr. Darryl Potyk
Darryl K. Potyk, UW School of Medicine assistant dean for regional affairs in Spokane, has been named Physician/Citizen of the Year for 2015 by the Spokane County Medical Society. Recipients of this award are nominated by their peers based on five components: Contributing to public understanding and appreciation of the role of medicine, demonstrating high standards of competence, ethics and professionalism, outstanding ability in medicine, advancement of the medical profession, and contributing to the betterment of the community.
“I am very grateful and humbled to receive this honor,” Potyk said. “I have lived and practiced in Spokane for 21 years and feel fortunate that I’ve had the opportunity to give back to this vibrant community through my work at Providence Sacred Heart and with the UW School of Medicine Spokane.”
Potyk is chair of the Department of Medicine at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he sees patients and serves on the hospital’s medical executive committee. Read more on HSNewsBeat.
Houra Merrikh receives Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science
Houra Merrikh, UW assistant professor of microbiology, is one of this year’s recipients of the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise. The Vilcek Prize encourages and supports young immigrants who faced significant challenges early in their lives and went on to exceptional achievements.
Merrikh’s story starts in Iran where she was born. She was just 3-years-old when her family fled Iran during the tumult of the 1980s for Turkey. Despite trying to reach the United States, 13 years later her family was still in Turkey in the midst of financial hardship, mental strain and divorce of her parents. A Texas couple befriended Merrikh and helped the teenager come to the United States without her family. She attended community college and took jobs selling cars, waiting tables and tutoring to put herself through college.
At the University of Houston, Merrikh became enamored with basic research in biochemistry, which she pursued for her undergraduate honors thesis. She received her doctoral degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Brandeis University, and continued on to do a postdoctoral apprenticeship with Alan Grossman at MIT, exploring DNA replication in bacteria. Read more about her story on the Vilcek Foundation website.
Call for nominations
The UW Medicine Board is calling for nominations for two prestigious awards: The 2016 Brotman Leadership Award and the 2016 Ragen Volunteer Service Award, named after UW Medicine advocates Jeffrey H. Brotman and Brooks G. Ragen.
The Brotman Award recognizes visionary philanthropic leadership, while the Ragen Award recognizes tremendous service from volunteers, faculty and staff. Nominations are due on Friday, March 4, 2016 and the form is available here. If you have questions please contact Nick Postiglione, UW Medicine Advancement, 206.221.1067 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note: current UW Medicine Board members are not eligible to receive these awards.)
- Mini Medical School: Modern Maladies, Hogness Auditorium, Feb. 16 (7-9 p.m.)
UW Medicine’s popular Mini-Medical School is running this year 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays from Feb. 2-March 8. The Feb. 16 session is on Modern Maladies: From malaria to the non-infectious, what diseases affect our world, and how is leading-edge science gaining ground on them? Speakers: Wes Van Voorhis, UW professor of medicine (allergy and infectious diseases), and Angela Rasmussen, UW research assistant professor of microbiology. For more information, see the Mini-Med website.
- Science in Medicine Lecture Series, Health Science Building K-069 Feb. 18, 2016 (11 a.m. - noon)
Nancy Maizels, UW professor of biochemistry and immunology, will give the talk, “Targeting gene therapy to DNA nicks.” For more on the lecture, view the Science in Medicine website.
- 2nd Annual Paul Bornstein Memorial Lecture, S060 Foege, Feb. 23, 2016 (4:30 p.m.)
Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D. will give the Second Annual Paul Bornstein Memorial Lecture, “Stem Cells in Silence, Action & Cancer.” Dr. Fuchs is an Investigator with Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor at the Robin Chemers Neustein Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development at the Rockefeller University.
Paul Bornstein, M.D. played a major role in defining and refining key concepts in both collagen structure and synthesis and matricellular — coined by him in 1995 — protein biochemistry. Dr. Bornstein spent his entire academic career in the UW departments of medicine and biochemistry. (This memorial lecture is made possible through a generous gift from Dr. Bornstein’s wife, Dr. Helene Sage.)
- 2016 Northwest Regional Conference on African Immigrant Health, UW, March 19-20, 2016
The theme of the 2016 conference is “Addressing the Social Determinants of African Immigrant Health.” Hosted by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Regional Operations and Office of Minority Health, Region X and EthnoMed, a joint program of Harborview Medical Center and the UW Health Sciences Library. To register and for more information, visit the EthnoMed website.
- Macy Foundation launches series Innovations in GME, UW-Spokane, March 31, 2016
In the first half of 2016, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation will join with leading academic institutions in six locations across the country to engage medical leaders, health professions educators and residents in a forum to showcase innovations and share promising models related to the structure, content and financing of graduate medical education (GME) programs. Macy is co-hosting the forums with: Vanderbilt University (Nashville) Feb. 1; MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Texas System (Houston) Feb. 17; UCSF March 30; UW March 31 (Spokane); Partners HealthCare System (Boston) May 6; University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) May 23. To learn more, visit the Macy Foundation website.
- Science in Medicine Lecture Series, Health Science Building K-069 Feb. 25, 2016 (11 a.m. - noon)
Colin Studholme, UW professor of pediatrics and bioengineering, will give the talk, “Mapping living human brain structure and function before birth.” For more on the lecture, view the Science in Medicine website.
In the News
Articles that involve UW Medicine and Health Science faculty staff, students and trainees.
- Anxiety meds like Valium, Xanax won’t raise seniors’ dementia risk, TIME, Feb. 3, 2016.
Taking one of a class of anti-anxiety pills does not increase older adults’ risk of dementia, a new study finds. Shelly Gray, UW professor of pharmacy who led the study, is quoted.
- Opinion | How scientific social work helps people flourish, Xconomy, Feb. 3, 2016.
"The return on investment with scientific social work isn’t dollars and cents. It’s collective impact," writes Edwina Uehara, dean of the UW School of Social Work.
- Being pregnant creates unique beauty in women, WebMD, Feb. 3, 2016.
Heather Rogers, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the UW, is quoted.
- Video | See the new football helmet that got funding from the NFL, Yahoo, Feb. 1, 2016
The ZERO1 helmet, co-developed by the University of Washington and Seattle-based startup VICIS, has been in the works for more than two years. Now it's ready to show off.
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