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Drawing out trustworthy health information from electronic health records

UW School of Public Health
November 5, 2019
Marco Carone, an assistant professor of biostatistics and the Norman Breslow Endowed Faculty Fellow at the University of Washington School of Public Health, recently received a $2.7 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop novel statistical tools to more effectively describe the health effects, both intended and unintended, of common medical therapies using data from electronic health records (EHRs).
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Controversial ‘gay gene’ app provokes fears of a genetic Wild West

October 30, 2019
Studies by Sarah Nelson (PHG, PhD ’18), a research scientist with the Genetic Analysis Center in the Department of Biostatistics, are cited in a recent Nature News article about a controversial third-party interpretation app based on a genetic study of same-sex sexual behavior. “While the app has since been taken down, it portends a growing trend for app developers to prematurely roll out potentially sensitive science in the interest of interpreting individual genomes,” says Nelson.
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Keto, carbs and cancer trials

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Hutch News
October 29, 2019
UW Biostatistics faculty and Fred Hutch researchers Ross Prentice and Garnet Anderson contribute to this article addressing questions surrounding dietary fat and health
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Modern Humans Inherited Even More DNA from Neanderthals and Denisovans Than We Thought

October 17, 2019
UW Research Professor of Biostatistics Sharon Browning comments on new work from the lab of UW professor of Genome Sciences Evan Eichler.
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FDA Panel: Thumbs Up for Cefiderocol in Urinary Tract Infections

Medpage Today
October 16, 2019
"When we have positive results, we tend to believe them whether or not we understand the mechanism. If we have a negative result, then we say it's by chance. It's an easy way out," said UW Professor of Biostatistics Susanne May, one of the dissenting votes on the FDA panel.
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UW names population health building after Swedish physician and ‘very serious possibilist’ Hans Rosling

UW News
October 11, 2019
Read about the new Hans Rosling Center for Population Health which will house Biostatistics faculty, students and administrative staff when it opens in fall 2020.
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Mathematical Model Could Help Correct Bias in Measuring Bacterial Communities

North Carolina State University News
September 13, 2019
A new mathematical model developed at North Carolina State University in partnership with Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Amy Willis from the University of Washington is profile in this story. Their work highlights a new calibration tool they developed that shows how bias distorts results when measuring bacterial communities through metagenomic sequencing.
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Following a low-fat diet can lead to several health benefits for women

Consumer Affairs
September 9, 2019
A new study conducted by researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that women who follow diets that are low in fat can yield serious health benefits over time, including preventing the onset of serious diseases. “The [Women’s Health Initiative’s] Dietary Modification Trial has provided women with nutrition and disease prevention insights for some years,” said Dr. Ross Prentice, Fred Hutch researcher and UW Professor of Biostatistics.
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Long-term benefits of a low-fat diet

Science Daily
September 5, 2019
UW Professor of Biostatistics Ross Prentice is among the team of Fred Hutch researchers that identified several women's health benefits from a low-fat diet. The findings found a low-fat diet commensurate with an increase in fruit, vegetable and grain servings reduced death following breast cancer, slowed diabetes progression and prevented coronary heart disease.
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UW scientist who died in climbing accident remembered for love of outdoors, research impact

Seattle Times
September 3, 2019
Charles “Chuck” Spiekerman (PhD ’95), UW Biostatistics research scientist whose primary appointment was in the School of Dentistry, is remembered for his research impact and love of the outdoors.
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