UW Research

Institute for Risk Analysis & Risk Communication



Founded in 1997, the Institute for Risk Analysis and Risk Communication (IRARC) is committed to improving public health by performing state-of-the-art research that develops the scientific basis of methods used in risk assessment and risk communication. To accomplish this, IRARC has had a mission of research, service, and teaching. For 14 years IRARC has included in this the graduate courses offered in DEOHS to offer students a program in Risk Emphasis. Thirty students have completed this program and are working in universities, government, and consulting.

International risk summer schools have also been taught around the globe. IRARC, directed by Dr. Elaine M. Faustman, along with 16 faculty across the school, university, and community, conducts molecular and cellular laboratory research, develops mechanistic models of toxicity, and translates findings for broad audiences. IRARC seeks to educate scientists and practitioners on the appropriate application of risk assessment and risk communication methods and to translate the findings into effective education and intervention programs.

IRARC serves as an integrating institute that includes focused research centers and related research activities. The major underpinning for all IRARC work is in prevention.

Funding Information

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 1997-present.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) 1997-2015.
National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), 1997-2015.
National Science Foundation (NSF) 1997-2015.
Still active via Predictive Toxicology Center grant

Reporting Structure

Michael Yost, Chair, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Related UW Entities

School of Public Health: Department of Health Services, Department of Epidemiology
School of Medicine: Department of Pediatrics, Department of Medicine, Department of Genome Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
College of the Environment: School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, School of Oceanography, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

External Partners

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Public Health Division
Seattle Children’s
Institute for Systems Biology