Department of Pathology, UW Medicine, University of Washington

Charles E. Alpers

Charles E. Alpers, MD
Professor and Interim Chair of Pathology

About the Department of Pathology

UW Medicine Pathology brings together state-of-the-art technology and highly trained personnel, including nationally and internationally recognized faculty to provide comprehensive diagnostic and personalized service to physicians, community hospitals, independent laboratories, and other health care organizations. We combine sophisticated testing and informatics capabilities of fully accredited laboratories with the resources of an academic and teaching institution in its delivery of pathology services.

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In the News

Department Highlights

Call for ADRC Pilot Project Proposals

The UW Alzheimer's Disease Reseach Center seeks proposals for pilot projects that use its resources to advance the understanding, diagnosis, and/or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Click on View Website to find out more.

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Ninety-nine percent of ailing NFL player brains show hallmarks of neurodegenerative disease

The largest study of its kind has found damage in the vast majority of former football players’ brains donated for research after they developed mental symptoms during life. Of 202 former players of the U.S. version of the game whose brains were examined, 87% showed the diagnostic signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive head trauma. Among former National Football League (NFL) players in the sample, that number jumped to 99%. The findings will likely ratchet up the pressure on leaders at all levels of football to protect their players. Still, the authors and other experts caution against overinterpreting the results, because the brains all came from symptomatic former players and not from those who remained free of mental problems.

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Congresswoman DelBene Visit Turns Spotlight on Role of NIH, Medicare/Medicaid Funding

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) toured our Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, including the neuropathology core that is run by Dr. Keene. This article nicely highlights the service that the neuropathology core provides as part of our flagship Alzheimers Disease Research Center.

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The George Martin-Dennis Reichenbach Endowment in Pathology

Join us in honoring George Martin and Dennis Reichenbach’s deep and lasting commitment to research, education, and the development of new leaders for the discipline of pathology. No depiction of the strength of our department would be complete without noting the impact Dennis and George have had on generations of graduate students, post-doctoral students, and junior faculty. By supporting the George Martin-Dennis Reichenbach Endowment, you are not only honoring the amazing impact of two exceptional scientists, you are enabling early career pathologists to pursue their research interests that fall outside of the traditional focus areas of federal funding programs. In the spirit of the indelible impact Drs. Martin and Reichenbach continue to have on our field, this endowment’s purpose is to foster innovative research and better inform our fight against disease.

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Upcoming Events

Pathology Presents: Extending Lifespan- Worms, Mitochondria and Metabolic Engineering

September 27, 2017 at 4:30pm - 5:30pm | Health Sciences Building, T-739

Shane L. Rea, PhD  

Pathology Retreat: 2017 Pathology Department Retreat

October 13, 2017 at 4:00pm - October 14, 2017 at 4:00pm

John Iafrate