Op-eds: Slashing global health will hurt us all

UW faculty members' perspectives are published in New England Journal of Medicine and Seattle Times

NEJM & Seattle Times  |  Updated 2:45 PM, 05.24.2017

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  • Peruvian scientist Dr. Isaac Alva has conducted extensive field work studying HIV/AIDS and other diseases among indigenous communities in Peru. He earned his master’s in public health at the University of Washington through Fogarty’s AIDS International Training and Research Program. David Snyder for Fogarty/NIH

A May 24 editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine states that the proposed 2018 federal budget jeopardizes the future of the Fogarty International Center, a leader of U.S. global health research efforts that has greatly benefited several schools, including the University of Washington.

Paul Drain, assistant professor of global health at the UW School of Public Health and the UW School of Medicine, is the lead author of the editorial, which says continued funding is a critical investment in the health of the American people as well as the global community.

 “The center’s efforts have produced medical innovations that transcend borders,” Drain wrote with peers from Harvard University and Vanderbilt University. One example: A U.S.-Colombia collaboration laid the foundation for the first clinical trial of a U.S.-manufactured anti-amyloid therapy to prevent Alzheimer’s.

Additionally, Jennifer Slyker, an UW assistant professor in global health at the UW School of Public Health and the UW School of Medicine, wrote an op-ed on the same topic published May 14 in The Seattle Times.

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