Gut bacteria studies could combat associated imbalances like diabetes

UW associate professor Elhanan Borenstein recently published a research paper alongside Ohad Manor, a post-doctoral fellow in the Borenstein lab, focusing on a computational technique called “FishTaco,” an acronym for Functional Shifts’ Taxonomic Contributors. There are no fish or tacos otherwise involved. The crux of the FishTaco is that it combines two datasets about theContinue reading “Gut bacteria studies could combat associated imbalances like diabetes”

Diagnosing Racism: Students for an Anti-Racist UW School of Medicine Forms, Holds Call to Action

by Kelsey Hamlin “It started with medical student activism,” said University of Washington Assistant Professor Frederica Overstreet. Over the course of one academic year, UW medical students formed Students for an Anti-Racist UW (SARU), School of Medicine. via South Seattle Emerald

Renowned researcher discusses the underlying, often dismissed, realities of HIV

After being recently awarded the King Holmes Endowed Professorship, Peter Piot discussed the future of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) on Tuesday in the William Foege building. Piot was one of two people who discovered the Ebola virus in 1976. He also led research on HIV and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), as well as otherContinue reading “Renowned researcher discusses the underlying, often dismissed, realities of HIV”

Medical staff upset with the UW contract proposals

The UW has been negotiating its contract with three medical centers — Harborview Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, and Northwest Hospital & Medical Center — since its first proposal in April. Medical staff in each hospital, however, see real on-the-ground issues within, and missing from, the contract. “We’re always struggling to find staff to takeContinue reading “Medical staff upset with the UW contract proposals”

“The New Jim Crow” taken to the health sciences sector

The Health Sciences Service Learning and Advocacy group held their fifth annual common book read Tuesday for health science students.  This year’s Health Sciences Common Book (“The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander) centers on the prison industrial complex and what she coins “The New Jim Crow” — the modern political, structural, and systemic limitationsContinue reading ““The New Jim Crow” taken to the health sciences sector”

UW collaborates with Stanford on ROMP project

Doctors and medical staff often use medical terminology only they understand. This communication barrier can make it difficult to ascertain whether informed consent has been achieved. To bridge the gap between medical jargon and the way the public interprets it, Research on Medical Practices (ROMP), a collaborative project between the UW and Stanford, has producedContinue reading “UW collaborates with Stanford on ROMP project”