From its inception in 1989 until 1995, the Center existed in name only. In 1995, the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center found a physical home along the shore of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, next to the University of Washington Medical Center.
Today, our researchers are able to work together and share ideas, not only with each other, but with research partners around the world. Many of our affiliate faculty have labs in their home departments, but are part of the collaborative community at the Bloedel.
Much more than a physical workspace, the Bloedel has evolved as a source of information for those coping with hearing loss and disequilibrium.
The Bloedel Center also fosters scientific research exchanges and continuing education for scientists and students through such programs as the Travelling Scientist exchange, the SHACS (Seminars in Hearing and Communication Science) lecture series, and more.
With a worldwide reputation for its innovative, interdisciplinary approach, the Bloedel Center has become one of the largest hearing research groups in North America.