UW News

May 22, 2013

Practicing medicine pharma-free in a drug rep-filled world

A rural family medicine group is an example for other community physicians seeking to wean themselves from pharmaceutical industry influence.

April 30, 2013

Tactics of new Middle East virus suggest treating by altering lung cells’ response to infection

Coronavirus Erasmus

The Erasmus virus resets 207 genes in lung cells to hamper the cells’ ability to launch an antiviral reaction. Available drugs might correct this sabotage.

April 11, 2013

Tuberculosis fighter and promoter reveals what’s behind its split identity

TB cording in zebrafish

Latest research findings suggest the possibility of reverting TB hyper-susceptibility to TB hyper-resistance.

April 3, 2013

Brain cell signal network genes linked to schizophrenia risk in families

illustration of hallucinations

The genetic variants disturb the functioning of the same brain signal receptors affected by hallucinogenic drugs.

March 29, 2013

Head-on collisions between DNA-code reading machineries accelerate gene evolution

Houra Merrikh Samuel Million-Weaver

Bacteria speed up their evolution by positioning specific genes along the route of expected traffic jams in DNA encoding. Collisions can result in mutations.

March 8, 2013

Spring move-in slated for new UW Medicine South Lake Union research building

Occupying the seven-story facility will be labs for kidney research, vision sciences, immunology, rheumatology, and infectious disease investigations.

February 15, 2013

Flu researcher whose findings met U.S. biosecurity review to speak at UW

The review generated public debate on publishing legitimate biological science findings that could pose a threat to public health or national security,

January 10, 2013

Multiple sclerosis study reveals how killer T cells learn to recognize nerve fiber insulators

Misguided killer T cells may be the missing link in sustained tissue damage in the brains and spines of people with multiple sclerosis, research in immunologist Joan Goverman’s lab suggests.

December 27, 2012

Academic medicine has major economic impact on the state and the nation

The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that its member medical schools and teaching hospitals had a combined economic impact of more than $587 billion in the United States in 2011

December 20, 2012

Mild brain cooling after head injury prevents epileptic seizures in lab study

EEG superimposed over images of a brain.

Traumatic head injury is the leading cause of acquired epilepsy in young adults, and at present there is no treatment to prevent or cure it.

December 13, 2012

Dark Ages scourge enlightens modern struggle between man and microbes

Discoveries reported today help explain how the stealthy agent of Black Death avoids tripping a self-destruct mechanism inside germ-destroying cells.

November 29, 2012

Rules devised for building ideal protein molecules from scratch

These principles could allow scientists to custom-make, rather than re-purpose, protein molecules for vaccines, drugs, and industrial and environmental uses.

November 28, 2012

Harmful protein-coding mutations in people arose largely in the past 5,000 to 10,000 years

Joshua Akey.

The spectrum of human genetic diversity today is vastly different than what it was only 200 to 400 generations ago.

November 19, 2012

Mutations in genes that modify DNA packaging result in form of muscular dystrophy

Studying the molecular basis of progressive muscle weakness may lead to therapies to prevent or reduce symptoms.

November 8, 2012

Extra chromosome 21 removed from Down syndrome cell line

The approach could lead to cell therapy treatments for some of the blood-forming disorders that accompany the common genetic condition.

October 18, 2012

2012 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Brian Kobilka will speak at UW Oct. 23

The Stanford University faculty member will talk about a group of cell membrane receptors that are crucial for emotion, behavior, memory, vision, motion and many other activities. About 40 percent of medications act via these receptors.

September 27, 2012

Dynamics of DNA packaging helps regulate heart formation

Findings suggest new ways to study controls of early human development, causes of birth defects, and regeneration of damaged tissue.

September 18, 2012

Local scientists chosen for NIH High Risk High Rewards program

The scientists were selected for their inventive ideas to transform their field of research and improve the health of the public.

September 13, 2012

After months on portable artificial heart, Alaska man receives transplant

Christopher Marshall underwent a seven-hour heart transplant surgery yesterday, Sept. 12, a UW Medical Center.

September 6, 2012

Hospitals that make longer attempts at resuscitation have higher survival rates

Findings challenge the assumption that, if a pulse is not restored soon, continuing resuscitation efforts is futile.

September 5, 2012

Encyclopedia of DNA elements compiled; UW a key force in Project ENCODE

An international team of researchers has made headway toward a comprehensive listing of all the working parts of the human genome. More than 30 scientific papers appear today, include major work by UW researchers. The London Museum of Science celebrates with ceiling banners and aerial dancers.

Millions of DNA switches that power human genome’s operating system are discovered

Scientists created comprehensive maps of elusive gene-controlling DNA and a dictionary of the human genome’s programming language

Researchers unlock disease information hidden in genome’s control circuitry

Most genetic changes linked to more than 400 common diseases affect regions of DNA that dictate when genes are switched on or off. Many of these changes affect circuits active during early human development.

August 27, 2012

Alaska cruise passenger airlifted to Harborview for blood clot treatment

Sarah Davis at Harborview with husband after airlift from Alaska cruise

Sarah Davis took an unexpected side trip during an Alaskan cruise last week. While the Beaufort, S.C., resident was admiring the rugged scenery with her family, she developed debilitating pain in her leg. In the middle of the night,the ship’s physician diagnosed a dangerous blood clot. At 2:30 a.m. Aug. 21 in Seattle, UW Medicine…

August 22, 2012

Low-dose sedative alleviates autistic-like behavior in mice with Dravet syndrome mutation

artists concept of brain cell-to-cell signaling

UW researchers have found that a low dose of the sedative clonazepam alleviated autistic-like behavior in mice with a mutation that causes Dravet syndrome in humans.

August 20, 2012

Molecular and protein markers predict liver transplant failure in hepatitis C patients

Surgeons performing a liver transplant at UW Medical Center

Researchers have discovered molecular and protein signatures that predict rapid onset of liver damage in hepatitis C patients following a liver transplant. The markers appeared soon after transplant and well before clinical evidence of liver damage. Such early detection of susceptibility to hepatitis C virus-induced liver injury could lead to more personalized monitoring and treatment…

August 5, 2012

Muscle cell grafts keep broken hearts from breaking rhythm

Researchers have made a major advance in efforts to regenerate damaged hearts. They discovered that transplanted heart muscle cells, grown from stem cells, electrically couple and beat in sync with the heart’s own mucle. The grafts also reduced the incidence of arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms) in a guinea pig model of myocardial infarction (commonly known…

July 27, 2012

Seattle researchers to engineer kidney tissue chip for predicting drug safety

Seattle researchers will be part of the new federal initiative to engineer 3-dimensional chips containing living cells and tissues that imitate the structure and function of human organs.  These tissue chips will be used for drug safety testing. Tissue chips merge techniques from the computer industry with those from bioengineering by combining miniature models of…

May 22, 2012

Long-distance training teaches proper technique for asthma test

The virtual teaching of health professionals translates to better asthma care for patients.

April 27, 2012

‘Attack! of the S. mutans’ 3-D video game featured at national science expo

When tooth-decaying bacteria are on the loose, destroy those oozing biofilms in a interactive School of Dentistry game.

March 29, 2012

Second annual All Health Professions Error Disclosure Day teaches important team skills

In case scenarios, medical, nursing, and pharmacy students learned how to tell a patient’s family that a serious error has occurred.

March 21, 2012

UW Medical Center is first in Pacific Northwest to discharge a Total Artificial Heart patient

Christopher Marshall, of Wasilla, Alaska, left UW Medical Center today without a heart. Instead he used a portable power supply for his recently implanted circulatory device.

February 29, 2012

UW Medicine’s newest primary-care clinic to hold open house

See the new UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 3.

December 6, 2011

UW funded to realize medical applications of genome sequencing

To accelerate genome sequencing applications for patient care, the National Human Genome Research Institute today, Tuesday, Dec. 6, announced the establishment of two major programs at the University of Washington.

November 2, 2011

Hogness Symposium lecturer David Williams: ‘Making America Healthier’

The 20th John R. Hogness Symposium on Health Care Nov. 9 is on “Making America Healthy.” The speaker, Dr. David R. Williams from the Harvard School of Public Health, will discuss how every segment of society can contribute to a healthy culture.

October 18, 2011

The UW’s next generation of infertility treatment

Scientific advances are assisting prospective parents unable to to have children on their own. Also emerging are methods to try to protect a young person’s ability to make a baby in the future.

October 4, 2011

Sixteen regions of the genetic code newly discovered to influence lung function

The discovery of 16 additional sections of the human genome that influence lung function brings the total known variants to 26. These findings in the genetic code hold promise for future screenings and treatment of lung disease.

February 3, 2011

Light rail noise

UW research scientist Rick Neitzel comments on noise reduction for light rail. He is an occupational hygienist in the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

February 2, 2011

UW researcher studies transit, other noises in life

The screech of a subway lurching into the station, the blast of a ferry horn: How do the sounds of people on the move affect their hearing and health? Occupational hygienist Rick Neitzel explores this question, and gives tips on protecting your hearing.

November 30, 2010

UW Medicine health system tackles, reduces infection rates

Three medical centers — Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, and UW Medical Center achieve and surpass goals in infection control.

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