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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


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Professor Mary-Claire King Awarded prestigious Lasker Award
The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation honored Professor Mary-Claire King with the 2014 Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science. This award is one of the most prestigious scientific prizes, and it recognizes Professor Mary-Claire King for her "bold, imaginative and diverse contributions to medical science and human rights...Her work has touched families around the world." Professor Mary-Claire King is a world leader in cancer genetics and in the application of genetics to resolution of human rights abuses. Read more.
Three UW School of Medicine faculty awarded grants​​​​ by National Institutes of Health (NIH) for highly innovative biomedical research

The NIH’s High Risk-High Reward grants encourage scientists to pursue creative and innovative ideas across a broad range of biomedical and behavioral research areas with the aim of addressing today’s major challenges in these fields. Learn more about the work that garnered these awards for UW faculty members Houra Merrikyh, assistant professor of microbiology, Jay Shendure, associate professor of genome sciences and Ying Zheng, assistant professor of bioengineering. Read more.​


Ferret genome holds clues to respiratory disease. Ferrets are similar to humans in their airway responses to flu virus infections and to the inherited disorder, cystic fibrosis. Read more.​

By recording neural activity as patients play memory games, researchers measure biomarkers of successful memory function. They are looking for patterns of brain activity that accompany the successful formation of new memories and the successful retrieval of old ones. Read more.​

In a major advance, researchers at the University of Washington have successfully restored damaged heart muscle of monkeys using heart cells created from human embryonic stem cells. Read more.​


UW School of Medicine received $700M total research and training grant funding between July 2013 and June 2014, representing over half of the University’s total awards. UW Medicine is ranked first in NIH funding among public medical schools.