Clogged-up immune cells explain smoking risk for TB
research finding helps to explain why smoking increases an individual’s
risk of developing tuberculosis, and also makes the infection worse.
Smoking causes vital immune cells—macrophages—to become clogged.
Wearable Artificial Kidney earns FDA fast-track status
U.S Food and Drug Administration has granted Expedited Access
Pathway status to the Wearable Artificial Kidney after the device
performed successfully in its initial U.S. clinical trial, which was
conducted at UW Medical Center. The WAK is one of the first innovations
in dialysis technology in decades; its miniaturized components are worn
like a tool belt and connected to patients via catheter.
Building proteins from scratch for medical tasks
potential for designing brand new proteins that do not exist in the
natural world is being realized at the UW Institute for Protein Design.
Proteins are the nanoscale machines that carry out all essential
functions in living things. Researchers are working on designing
protein molecules for medical, environmental and industrial tasks, such
as protecting against infectious diseases, targeting drugs to cancer
cells and mopping up toxic chemicals.
UW Medicine is among
the nation's top institutions in federal research funding. In fiscal
year 2015, the UW School of Medicine received approximately $605 million
in National Institutes of Health grants and total research funding of
more than $1 billion.