Patient-oriented Research

As part of an ongoing effort to improve the health of the public, UW Medicine participates in and manages many clinical research programs, resources, and collaborative research institutes and centers.

Some collaborative, patient-oriented research efforts of note include:

  • Center for Developmental Therapeutics (CDT): using studies of childhood diseases and development to identify mechanisms and principles that can be translated into children’s health improvements.
  • Cystic Fibrosis Center: The Cystic Fibrosis Center is active in both patient care and research, with a mission to improve the care of patients with cystic fibrosis, to establish better treatments, and ultimately to find a cure for this disease.
  • Diabetes and Obesity Center of Excellence (DOCE): these researchers conduct both basic research to clarify the mechanisms causing diabetes and obesity and their consequences, and translational research to transform their research findings into clinical solutions.
  • Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC): the HIPRC is dedicated to reducing the impact of injury and violence on people's lives through research, education, training, and outreach.
  • Institute for Prostate Cancer Research (IPCR): A collaborative effort of UW Medicine and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center that brings together world-​renown research team. The mission of the IPCR is to understand the causes and development of prostate cancer, develop preventative strategies and diagnostics, and to improve survival and quality of life.
  • NWBioTrust (NWBT): a collaborative Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington/Seattle Children’s resource that connects donated biospecimens from consenting individuals with innovative research projects aimed at advancing biomarker discovery and improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.
  • Palliative Care Center of Excellence: improving the palliative care received by patients with life-threatening illness and their families and to provide new knowledge and educational and clinical resources to improve palliative care regionally, nationally, and globally. The Center accomplishes this mission by enhancing research, education, and clinical services in palliative care.
  • Tumor Vaccine Group: a multidisciplinary group of investigators focused on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer with novel, immune-based approaches to bring the most innovative treatments from the bench to the bedside and to harmonize scientific study with patient care.

Visit UW Medicine South Lake Union for a listing of research centers located at UW Medicine’s South Lake Union research site, and the UW Office of Research for a complete listing of research centers and institutes at the University of Washington.