Clogged-up immune cells explain smoking risk for TB
New 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
The 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
The 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.