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Washington: Faculty Member Receives $3.5 Million Gates Grant to Identify Childhood Mortality Risk Factors

Dr. Judd Walson from the University of Washington School of Public Health is the principal investigator on a new $3.5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant, titled the CHAIN Consortium, will analyze samples collected from an observational study at nine sites in Africa and South Asia with the purpose of gaining a better understanding of risk factors to child mortality rates that could be targeted by interventions.

Dr. Walson is vice chair and professor in the Department of Global Health, which bridges the UW Schools of Public Health and Medicine, and an adjunct professor of epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health. The CHAIN (Childhood Acute Illness and Nutrition) Network features hospital sites worldwide, two coordination centers, and eight laboratories, with the Seattle location working in conjunction with the Department of Global Health and Kenya Medical Research Institute.

In addition to identifying subgroups of children likely to benefit from specific interventional approaches, CHAIN is also planning a Nested Case Cohort analysis to compare children who die to those who do not. The ability to study, examine, and prevent childhood deaths is what led to CHAIN’s creation in the first place.

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