UW Medicine Pathology has a strong focus on basic science and clinical research. Our research principle, followed since the establishment of the University of Washington School of Medicine, is that research based on the most modern methods and the up to date knowledge of basic sciences is an essential component of an academic department of pathology. This is particularly true at the present time when new discoveries generated by basic biomedical research are applied to pathology practice. The research done by our faculty has received high recognition both nationally and internationally. UW Medicine Pathology is annually among the top recipients of NIH funding for research grants among the departments of pathology in the country with nearly $24 million received in 2009 (the last year that records were available). Research work is particularly active in cardiovascular biology, cancer and DNA repair, tissue regeneration, aging, Alzheimer’s disease, stem cell, diabetes, among others

UW Medicine Pathology faculty direct multi-investigator program projects in atherosclerosis, the biology of the arterial wall, gene action in aging, Alzheimer’s disease and the pathogenesis of hepatitis C. In addition, our faculty are key members of grant supported research at the O’Brien Center for the Study of Renal Disease, the Center for Biomaterial and in a joint project with FHCRC faculty on the molecular biology and epidemiology of colon and pancreatic cancers. UW Medicine Pathology faculty also direct NIH supported training grants in Environmental Pathology and Toxicology, Cancer Pathogenesis, Aging, Vascular Biology as well as the multi-departmental and highly competitive Medical Scientist Training Program.