Centers / Center for Lung Biology

Our Division's research activities are diverse and yet we have tremendous depth in a number of important areas. We have established the Lung Biology Center at the University of Washington. The mission of the Lung Biology Center is to provide a nexus for performing, coordinating, enhancing, and stimulating basic research directed toward understanding fundamental mechanisms of lung development, repair, and disease. We have several other prominent research laboratories that also focus on molecular and cell biology. These laboratories concentrate on areas such as acute lung injury and defense mechanisms against pulmonary infections. We also have a long history and tremendous expertise in physiologic research concentrating on pulmonary vasculature and the coordination of ventilation and perfusion in the lung. We have a strong research program performing epidemiology and outcomes research that has focused on Acute Lung Injury and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in the past and is expanding into a number of other areas, including outcomes of critical care, end-of-life care, and cost-effectiveness research in both academic and community hospitals.

The University of Washington is one of the most highly funded academic institutions in the country and our Division contributes significantly in this arena. Over the last five years, our faculty has contributed an annual average of 20 book chapters and 90 articles to a wide variety of scientific journals, as well as 50 abstracts each year to national and international scientific meetings. Our faculty also contribute by acting as members of study sections for the National Institutes of Health and other research funding agencies. Finally, our faculty provide national leadership in such organizations as the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Chest Physicians.