Dr. Judd Walson, an Associate Professor at the University of Washington, completed his Internal Medicine and Pediatrics training at Duke University, and his fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of Washington. He also holds a Masters in Public Health from Tufts University. Dr. Walson has extensive experience in designing and implementing clinical trials in resource-limited settings and has lead complex projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Thailand and Nepal. His research focuses on the intersection between infection (particularly parasitic and bacterial enteric infection), and growth and development. Dr. Walson is currently the Principal Investigator of a large NIH randomized trial in Kenya evaluating the use of azithromycin to reduce post discharge mortality and is the Kenya site Principal Investigator for a seven country trial of interventions to reduce diarrhea associated mortality in young children. In addition, he is also the Principal Investigator of DeWorm3, a large multi-country trial based at the Natural History Museum in London which is designed to evaluate the feasibility of interrupting the transmission of soil-transmitted helminths, or intestinal worms in Benin, India and Malawi. Dr. Walson also directs the Global Health Strategic Analysis and Research Training Program (START), an innovative collaboration between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the University of Washington. This program provides analytic support to organizations working in both global and domestic public health. Dr. Walson will capitalize on his broad research and management experience as co-Principal Investigator of The CHAIN Network with Professor Jay Berkley.
Dr. Kirk Tickell is currently a Research Fellow in the University of Washington’s (UW) Department of Global Health. After completing his medical training at Imperial College London, Dr. Tickell practiced as physician in the United Kingdom before moving to Seattle to pursue an MPH in epidemiology and career in global health. Since joining UW, he has worked closely with partners in Kenya and Bangladesh to develop and implement pediatric research protocols. Within CHAIN, he is responsible for supporting the design and analysis of research activities, including a range of sub-studies. He reviews the Cohort protocols, conducts baseline assessments for CHAIN sites and puts forth research proposals for new projects. Dr. Tickell also works as a safety officer on the Toto Bora trial and is a leader of UW’s Pediatric Infectious Disease Scientific Working Group housed in the Center for Global Women, Adolescent and Child Health. Dr. Kirk Tickell’s research interests are focused on pediatric infectious diseases, particularly enteric infections. He studies their influence on intestinal function and their consequence on nutritional status, morbidity and mortality.
Donna M Denno is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine and Joint Professor of Global Health and Adjunct Professor of Health Services at the UW School of Public Health (SPH). She is a practicing pediatrician and has lived in Ghana where she worked at both the district and teaching hospital levels. Donna has also served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, developing and implementing immunization program evaluations and contributing to normative guidance development in the areas of child and adolescent health. She teaches two maternal, adolescent and child health in low resource settings courses in the UW SPH, including an online course. Donna’s career has been focused on reducing health and health services disparities amongst vulnerable child and adolescent populations. Her research interests include enteric infections and enteric dysfunction and their role in growth and malnutrition as well as identifying effective ways to improve access to and uptake of public health interventions and health services.
The Childhood Acute Illness and Nutrition Network (CHAIN) is a multinational research group that aims to optimize the management and care of highly vulnerable children in resource-limited settings to improve survival, growth and development.