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Established in 1946, the UW School of Medicine has quickly grown into a highly productive, highly collaborative research community with excellent scientific resources and facilities​. UW Medicine faculty have been responsible for many basic science and technological advances in medicine, including pioneering research in areas such as cell replication and signal transduction, the biomolecular structure of proteins, and the development of medical ultrasound. UW Medicine includes among its faculty five researchers who have received Nobel Prizes in Physiology or in Medicine in less than two decades. Read More


Pharmacology chair William Catterall wins national achievement award

Dr. William A. Catterall, UW chair and professor of pharmacology, is the 2016 recipient of the Robert R. Ruffolo Career Achievement Award in Pharmacology by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. ​Catterall is among the world's leading investigators on the structure, function and molecular pharmacology of voltage-gated sodium and calcium channels. These pores in cell membranes generate electrical signals. They are critical to brain and heart function, among other vital roles. Catterall discovered the sodium and calcium channel proteins. His work shifted the paradigm in ion channel research from measuring ionic currents to analyzing ion channel proteins and their genes. Read More

Thompson Reuters lists Most Influential Scientists

Several UW Medicine researchers were named among the world leaders in Thompson Reuters annual list of The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds. Outstanding UW Medicine scientists in biochemistry, clinical medicine, microbiology, immunology, genetics and psychiatry were among those listed at the top of their fields. Of the 19 scientists named as the world's overall Hottest Researchers of Today, four are affiliated with UW Medicine. The distinguished researchers are part of Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and collaborators on the Global Burden of Disease project, a multinational effort to measure the most pressing threats to human health. Read More​​


Made-to-order nano-cages may become cell cargo shippers​

Made-to-order, self-a​​​ssembling nano-cages, modeled after the 20-sided protective shell on many viruses, have now been designed and constructed at the UW Institute for Protein Design. Many viruses package and deliver their genetic materials into cells in an icosahedron. The sturdy roominess of this geometric structure inspired scientists to create a synthetic version, that, as in nature, can put itself together and take itself apart. Its reversibility makes it a candidate for future research as a cargo container that could enter living cells, then release a vaccine or medication.​ ​Read More​

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​. Read More

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. Read M​ore



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.