What Do We Do?

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Our research is immensely diverse and continually changing to remain at the cutting edge of science.

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The University of Washington is one of the most highly funded academic institutions in the country and our faculty and fellows contribute to this success significantly each year by:

  • having a high annual average of published book chapters and articles in scientific journals
  • presenting abstracts at national and international conferences
  • participating as members of study sections for the NIH and other funding agencies
  • providing national leadership at the American Thoracic Society, the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Core Research Programs

Clinical Research

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Genetic Epidemiology

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Lung Immunity and Repair

Including Integrative Respiratory Physiology

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Translational Research

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Research Centers


Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence

Established in 2012, the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence utilizes a highly qualified team of nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists, and doctors to provide seriously ill patients with palliative care focused on relieving symptoms, maximizing quality of life and ensuring care that concentrates on patients’ goals.

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Center for Lung Biology

Performing, coordinating, enhancing, and stimulating basic research directed toward understanding fundamental mechanisms of lung development, repair, and disease.

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Sepsis Center of Research Excellence (SCORE)

SCORE seeks to improve adult and pediatric patient outcomes by focusing on the host response in sepsis and critical illness. SCORE investigators use translational research techniques to understand why the same pathogen causes a mild reaction in one person compared to a life-threatening response in another. The overall goal is to identify important elements in host cellular and molecular responses to develop novel and innovative approaches to prognostic and predictive clinical biomarkers and therapeutics in patients with life-threatening infections

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Our research represented by a word cloud built from our recent journal article titles.