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September 11, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Integrative Biosciences Center IBio Conference Center | Map
6135 Woodward Ave.
Detroit , MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Wayne State University community is invited to attend an IBio faculty candidate seminar with guest speaker, Yukiko Washio, Ph.D., director of Implementation and Clinical Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Christiana Care Health System, and affiliated assistant professor of Behavioral Health and Nutrition in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Deleware.

The seminar will be on September 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the first floor seminar room of IBio, located at 6135 Woodward. The seminar is free and open to the entire university community. 

Dr. Washio will be presenting, "Prevention of Adverse Maternal and Infant Outcomes."

Dr. Washio earned her B.A. degree in psychology from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, a M.A. degree in psychology with a concentration in applied behavior analysis at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a Ph.D. in psychology with an emphasis in behavioral analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno.


Around the world, 35 million people die annually from non-communicable diseases, including cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory illnesses, and diabetes, all costly but preventable; however, being so far the leading causes of death. The primary causes of death in females that included more than one million deaths in 2008 were cardiovascular diseases, infectious and parasitic diseases, cancer, respiratory diseases and infections, unintended injuries, and perinatal conditions.  These are costly to society because of the combination of medical costs, costs of transportation to and from health services, time associated with informal caregiving, and lost productivity. Given the significant role of women in families, loss of women can result in further poverty, higher mortality among children, food insecurity, and children withdrawn from school.  The World Health Organization identified four main risk factors contributing to these causes of death: tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, and physical activity.  If pregnant or immediately postpartum women are exposed to these risk factors, there are significant health effects on maternal and pediatric outcomes.  The economic consequence of exposure to these risk factors is not trivial.  This seminar introduces behavioral and public health research in improving maternal and infant outcomes and understanding maternal variables associated with some of these risk factors.

We hope you can join us for this interesting seminar!

For more information about this event, please contact Julie O'Connor at 3135775600 or