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July 5, 2007

Consortium completes major study of human genome

UW scientists and other members of an international consortium have completed a multiyear research effort that dramatically boosts understanding of how the human genome functions.

June 21, 2007

Mankowski named associate vice president for medical affairs

Tina Mankowski, director of Health Sciences/UW Medicine News and CommunityRelations, has been named associate vice president-medical affairs for News and Community Relations and Marketing.

June 12, 2007

University of Washington researchers play leading role in major study of human genome function

Scientists at the University of Washington and other members of an international consortium have completed a multi-year research effort that dramatically boosts understanding of how the human genome functions.

May 10, 2007

General Clinical Research Center awards 2007 pilot and feasibility grants

The UW General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) has named the recipients of its 2007 GCRC Pilot and Feasibility Grants, designed to facilitate career development in clinical research.

2007 medical school class honors students, faculty and staff

The 2007 graduating class of the UW School of Medicine has selected its annual award recipients.

April 19, 2007

UW scientists advance macaque genome research

An international consortium of scientists has completed a draft sequence of the genome of the rhesus macaque, a species of non-human primate that is widely used for creating models of human diseases and infections.

Debra Schwinn to chair Dept. of Anesthesiology

Debra Schwinn, a leading physician scientist in medical genomics, molecular pharmacology, and cardiac anesthesia, has been named the new chair of the UW Department of Anesthesiology, effective May 1.

March 29, 2007

Graduating medical students participate in annual rite of passage – Match Day!

Of the 164 graduating students at the UW School of Medicine, 155 of them participated in the National Resident Matching Program’s “Match Day,” on March 15.

March 16, 2007

Trojan horse strategy defeats drug-resistant bacteria

A new antimicrobial approach can kill bacteria in laboratory experiments and eliminate life-threatening infections in mice by interfering with a key bacterial nutrient, according to research led by a University of Washington scientist.

March 8, 2007

Economic status plays big role in obesity

Put that cheeseburger down.

UW researchers challenge cancer mutation theories

When cells become cancerous, they also become 100 times more likely to genetically mutate than regular cells, UW researchers have found.

March 1, 2007

UW-led studies featured in the journal Genome Research

The findings of two UW genome sciences research teams — one studying the genetics of the gibbon, and another examining a mechanism to allow for alternative readings of DNA — were featured in the February issue of the journal Genome Research.

Individuals and populations differ in gene activity levels, not just genes

Much like how a person’s genetic code differs from other individuals, the level at which those genes are activated in the body differs from one person to another, scientists have learned.

February 15, 2007

Harborview program improves end-of-life communication

A palliative care family conference program developed at Harborview Medical Center improves communication between family members and clinicians, and helps reduce some of the symptoms related to the trauma of a loved one’s death, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

February 8, 2007

Soot in air increases heart attack risk

The yellowish haze you may have seen floating at the edge of the horizon on a sunny Seattle day is doing more than clouding the view of Mount Rainier.

February 1, 2007

Women in polluted areas at higher risk of cardiovascular disease

Women living in areas with higher levels of air pollution have a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease and subsequently dying from cardiovascular causes, according to a University of Washington study appearing in the Feb.

UW researchers develop hepatitis C virus culture system

UW researchers have opened the way for improved study of hepatitis C virus by devising a novel virus culture system.

January 17, 2007

Study uncovers lethal secret of 1918 influenza virus

For information regarding the portions of this study conducted by the University of Wisconsin, contact Terry Devitt, <A href="mailto:trdevitt@wisc.

January 11, 2007

A physiology lesson at 14,000 feet

Sitting in a classroom and listening to a professor talk about how the human body responds to the extreme environment of a mountaintop is one thing.

October 26, 2006

Research links Huntington’s disease to metabolic defects

Huntington’s disease includes a metabolic disorder, not just the brain effects seen in the disease, according to a new study by University of Washington researchers.

September 8, 2006

World-renowned infectious disease expert King Holmes to lead UW Department of Global Health


August 29, 2006

Tiny shock absorbers help bacteria stick around inside the body

Bacteria have hair-like protrusions with a sticky protein on the tip that lets them cling to surfaces.

August 23, 2006

Viruses can jump between primates and humans, researchers warn

Viruses that jump the species barrier between monkeys and humans can harm both people and animals, and we should take steps to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

August 17, 2006

Of famine, folate and schizophrenia: Link studied between genetic mutations and lack of micronutrients

When doctors and scientists look for the underlying causes of a disease or a condition, they usually put everyone with the ailment together in one big group and see what they have in common.

August 15, 2006

UW study to test whether women will bridge gap in birth control coverage by going directly to pharmacists

A University of Washington-led study will examine whether women whose birth control prescriptions have expired would be interested in receiving contraceptives directly from a community pharmacist.

August 11, 2006

New biomarkers could help doctors spot Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases

Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in their early stages can be difficult for physicians to spot, and many diagnoses are incorrect.

August 2, 2006

Association between famine and schizophrenia may yield clues about inherited diseases and conditions

The higher risk of schizophrenia among offspring of expectant mothers living through famine could help us understand the genetic basis for that debilitating mental disorder, a group of researchers argue in a commentary piece in the Aug.

June 22, 2006

Bacteria protected by their own ‘immune system’

Bacteria, those nasty little bugs that cause many illnesses, constantly assault our immune systems as they try to infect us.

June 9, 2006

Bacteria have their own immune system protecting against outside DNA

Bacteria like Salmonella have a complicated immune system that helps them recognize and isolate foreign DNA trying to invade their cell membrane, according to a University of Washington-led study in the June 8 issue of Science Express.

June 1, 2006

Panic disorder difficult to diagnose but very treatable

Panic disorder is fairly common, and can cause frightening symptoms that resemble those of heart, respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, according to a review by a University of Washington psychiatrist in the June 1 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

May 4, 2006

40 years later, cancer researcher’s big idea may prove true

Nearly 40 years ago, Dr.

April 5, 2006

Donate your unused computing power to aid medical research through Rosetta@home project

Just because you don’t know much about biology or medicine won’t stop you from helping to someday cure diseases like malaria, HIV, or cancer.

January 19, 2006

Controlling evolved response can save tissue

Most biomedical researchers work in tandem with the process of evolution, tracing the history of an organism’s development over eons.

January 5, 2006

Researchers link caloric restrictions to aging

UW researchers have found a genetic pathway linking nutrient response and the aging process, they report in the Nov.

November 10, 2005

Studying ions to help hearts

A patient has a heart attack, and is rushed to the hospital for treatment.

September 29, 2005

Study: Differences in duplicated DNA distinguish chimp and human genomes

A study comparing the genomes of humans and chimpanzees has found that much of the genetic difference between the two species came about in events called segmental duplications, in which segments of genetic code are copied many times in the genome.

August 18, 2005

A new model for MS research: Researcher focuses on how T-cells go awry

In the late 19th century, Louis Pasteur had already discovered the modern foundation for vaccinations — that exposure to a weakened form of an infection could help an organism’s immune system prepare for the infection and protect the body against a full-strength version of it.

August 4, 2005

From primates to people: Retrovirus found to jump species barrier in Asia

Scientists have identified the first reported case in Asia of primate-to-human transmission of simian foamy virus (SFV), a retrovirus found in macaques and other primates that so far has not been shown to cause disease in humans.

July 14, 2005

Primate virus jumps species barrier to humans for first time in Asia

Scientists have identified the first reported case in Asia of primate-to-human transmission of simian foamy virus (SFV), a retrovirus found in macaques and other primates that so far has not been shown to cause disease in humans.

June 2, 2005

Retrovirus found to affect ancestors

The ancestors of chimpanzees and gorillas were infected with a deadly retrovirus about three to four million years ago, but there is no evidence it infected ancestors of modern-day humans, according to research by genome scientists.

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