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FDA Building Sign
U.S.FDA panel votes against Veru's COVID-19 pill
Reuters,

"Even though (the data) is impressive for a new molecular entity - it has no direct evidence to support the antiviral activity," said panel member Susanne May, who voted against authorization of the drug. May is a professor of biostatistics with the University of Washington School of Public Health and director of the UW Clinical Trials Center.

Photo of Tracy Bergemann
Photo of Tracy Bergemann
First-Generation College Stories
University of Washington Alumni Association,

Tracy Bergemann (PhD ’04) found little support or understanding for First Gen students during her time as a UW Biostatistics graduate student. Resources for First Gen students have improved over the years but significant challenges remain.

“My advice is to just keep putting one foot in front of the other day by day, and find your allies where you can,” said Bergemann.

Ultraviolet slide of cancel cell
Ultraviolet slide of cancel cell
Researchers identify a subset of patients with early melanoma who face a very low risk of dying from the disease
eCancer,

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer, but most patients have high chances of surviving the disease. In addition, there is evidence that melanoma is being diagnosed in patients who would never experience symptoms.  This study sought to identify early-stage melanoma patients with near-zero risk of death from melanoma.

“Not only are the results potentially practically useful, our simple models are highly interpretable and suggest insights into when melanoma is more or less dangerous for a patient,” said Kathleen Kerr, a study co-author and professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Photo of Bruce Weir in garden
Photo of Bruce Weir in garden
New Zealand academics disagree with Richard Dawkins' dismissal of mātauranga Māori as science
Newshub,

University of Washington School of Public Health faculty member Bruce Weir said New Zealand's embrace of Māori culture and values were impressive.

Daniela Witten
Daniela Witten
COPSS Presidents’ Award: An Interview with Daniela Witten
IMS Bulletin,

Amita Manatunga, COPSS Chair, and Maya Sternberg, COPSS Secretary/Treasurer, interview Daniela Witten, recipient of the 2022 COPSS President’s Award.

HIV-1 Virus. Credit: J Roberto Trujillo/Wikipedia
HIV-1 Virus. Credit: J Roberto Trujillo/Wikipedia
Newly defined biomarker may accelerate clinical trials for vaccines to prevent HIV-1 infection
HIV Vaccine Trials Network,

A study published in the Aug. 22, 2022, issue of Nature Medicine identifies a new biomarker that appears effective as a surrogate endpoint to reliably predict the ability of broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibodies to prevent acquisition of HIV-1, the most common type of the virus that causes AIDS. Fred Hutch researchers Peter Gilbert, a research professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, and Yunda Huang, a UW affiliate associate professor of global health, are the paper’s co-first authors.

Grocery store meat section
Grocery store meat section
Fearing the wurst: the association of red and processed meats with chronic disease risk
Fred Hutch News,

Ross Prentice is among the researchers who recently published a study in the Journal of Nutrition and Nutritional Epidemiology seeking to clarify the role that red and processed meat play in chronic disease risk in the diets of post-menopausal women. Hint: it’s complicated.

R Coley
R Coley
Dementia risk screening tool shows promise in health care setting
Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute,

In a new study, a tool to help discover undiagnosed dementia performed well in 2 separate health systems. “Around 50% of people living with dementia are undiagnosed,” said lead author Yates Coley, PhD, assistant biostatistics investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) and an affiliate assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington.