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Department of Urology

Research

The Department of Urology has an outstanding research program that is at the core of its mission. The model that has been successful in the Department is a close alliance of basic and clinical researchers in Research Centers of Excellence jointly led by a Physician-Scientist and PhD faculty member(s).

Today there are eight PhD research faculty. The Department has been very successful in securing federal research support, and in 2005 was ranked #3 in the nation for NIH funding of Urology Departments. All mature Centers of Excellence are supported by combinations of federal, foundation and private funds.

The Department has retained a Research Year in its residency program, to better support its mission of developing future Physician-Scientists. Residents are encouraged to accept the support of the Training Grant to help groom them for an academic career as physician-scientists in fields of translational research. Research opportunities are also available for participants in our various fellowships.

Research Centers of Excellence

IPCR (Institute for Prostate Cancer Research)

Professor and Chair Emeritus Dr. Paul Lange spent considerable effort to establish the Institute of Prostate Cancer Research (IPCR), which supports research activities of approximately 15 programs at the UW and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Together these researchers have already identified and/or assembled up to 80 percent of the genes expressed in prostate cancer, developed one of the largest serum and tissue banks in the world, undertaken some of the most advanced studies of bone biology and skeletal metastases, assembled information and genotypes for more than 300 families with hereditary prostate cancer, and developed many new therapeutic strategies. Professor of Urology Daniel Lin, MD, is the Director of the IPCR.

WISH (WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare)

The University of Washington’s premiere simulation training facility for healthcare education serving the WWAMI region, the Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH) connects over 30 departments and programs throughout UW Medicine, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, and Physician’s Assistant Training Program (MEDEX). Professor of Urology Robert M. Sweet, MD, FACS, is the Executive Director of WISH.

Genitourinary Oncology Research Lab 

The GU Lab is Co-Directed by Dr. Colm Morrissey and Dr. Eva Corey.