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Departmental Research Affiliations

  • Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • School of Public Health and Community Medicine
  • UW Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
  • Comparative Effectiveness, Cost and Outcomes Research Center
  • Group Health Center for Health Studies
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute
  • Center for Biomaterials
  • Center for Bioengineering
  • Center for Informatics


Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences:

The department maintains and administers a modern clinic where an extensive program is in operation throughout the year. Annual case loads in the University Speech and Hearing Clinic generally total more than 1,000 individuals who are seen for evaluation and treatment. These include a wide variety of speech, language, and hearing problems in both children and adults. Facilities include 27,000 square feet of space occupied by the clinic, including evaluation and treatment rooms; services are supplemented by state-of-the-art audio-visual and computer equipment for recording, diagnostic and remediation purposes.


School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM):

The UW School of Public Health and Community Medicine draws from clinical, basic, quantitative and social sciences to deal with health and disease within communities. It consists of five departments, 150 full-time primary appointment faculty, and 642 students (nearly all graduate and professional students). In 1996 the total grants and contracts for PI's amounted to $71.6M. Well-equipped laboratories contain facilities for work in biochemistry, immunochemistry, microbiology, toxicology, electron microscopy and industrial hygiene. Computing services include a variety of mainframes and microcomputers, and the major programming languages and applications for word processing, database management, graphics, spreadsheet and statistical analysis.


UW Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program:

The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program is a national post-residency training program long recognized to produce leaders in clinical research. The University of Washington has been a site of training since the program's inception, and is run by Drs. Richard Deyo (Professor, Department of Medicine) and Tom Koepsell (Chairman and Professor, Department of Epidemiology). Nationally, two previous otolaryngologists have received clinical research training through this program, both at the Yale University site. Next year, the UW has accepted its first fellow in otolaryngology. The department is committed to providing clinical opportunities as well as research mentorship for this and future fellows in the development of health services research projects relevant to the field of Otolaryngology.

Comparative Effectiveness, Cost and Outcomes Research Center:

This year has seen the opening of the University of Washington Comparative Effectiveness, Cost and Outcomes Research Center. The unit is led by Dr Rick Deyo, Professor of Medicine and Public Health, and Dr David Buchner, Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine. This facility at a nearby off-campus site provides the next phase of a coordinated and integrated center for outcomes research. It will augment the already substantial resources at the University of Washington which have been helpful to us in the past three years. Dr. Weymuller is a member of the steering committee for the Comparative Effectiveness, Cost and Outcomes Research Center and will have an active role in its evolution. 1997 projected extramural support is $4.3 million.


Group Health Center for Health Studies:

Group Health Cooperative (GHC) is a large non-profit health maintenance organization based in the Pacific Northwest. The Group Health Center for Health Studies is a research organization within GHC whose mandate is to target research directed at increasing scientific knowledge in the fields of epidemiology, health services research, and medicine, and the evaluation of programmatic decisions of GHC. The staff consists of approximately 175 full and part time individuals including two biostatisticians, six research associates and 16 scientific investigators. 1995 external funding amounted to $7.5 million.


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute:

The clinical service at the Center involves the care of patients with hematologic malignancies and, in particular, those undergoing marrow transplantation. It provides enormous opportunities for training and research into the immunologic, cytotoxic and infectious complications of the head and neck. The broad scope of the research laboratories within the Clinical, Molecular Medicine and Basic Sciences Divisions of the Center provide extraordinary opportunities for our faculty and trainees to gain hands-on lab research experience as well. The Center has 180 faculty members, 80 predoctoral students and 160 postdoctoral fellows. It comprises 523,000 square feet of space and has a total operating budget of $160 million.


Center for Biomaterials:

The Biomaterials group at the UW has been active since 1970. This group, led by Professors Hoffman, Horbett and Ratner consists of approximately 50 individuals involved in various aspects of research directed toward the application of synthetic materials to medical and biotechnological problems. The Ratner research group has eight labs including the surface analysis clean room. Labs are equipped for polymer synthesis and characterization, radio-frequency plasma discharge, protein adsorption and cell culturing studies. Approximately 35 students are associated with the group.


Center for Bioengineering:

The Center for Bioengineering is an academic unit of the University of Washington which consists of 30 core faculty, 15 postdoctoral fellows, 95 graduate students, and 16 undergraduate students. The Center's faculty and students pursue exciting research in the areas of molecular bioengineering, cellular bioengineering, biomaterials, biomedical systems analysis, bioinstrumentation and sensors, biomechanics and biomedical imaging. Opportunities abound for studies in those areas with potential focus on work that can be synergistic with the clinical and research efforts of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.


Center for Informatics:

The University of Washington (UW) is one of 4 national institutions to receive a National Library Medical Grant for Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems. Dr Sherrilynne Fuller, director, has fostered informatics research (Internet and World Wide Web), informatics seminars, graduate level courses, informatics training for pre and post doctoral students, and work in the development of health care knowledge resources and decision support tools. Our department is working with this center to establish a regional clinical database for outcomes research. We are already linked to one site (Spokane, WA) and anticipate significant growth in this program.

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