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HMC Research Overview

Mission and Values

“The University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) is dedicated to improving the general health and well-being of the public. In pursuit of its goals, the School is committed to excellence in biomedical education, research and healthcare.

“Harborview recognizes that the delivery of the highest quality of healthcare is enhanced by a strong commitment to teaching, community service and research.”

Welcome to the University of Washington Research Programs at Harborview Medical Center Campus. Harborview-based faculty obtain over $240 million in research and training funding per year, performing translational and basic research as well as clinical studies and treatment trials, epidemiology and health services research. Lab-based research includes cell biology, neurosciences, vascular biology, inflammation, infectious diseases, lung biology and microbial pathogenesis. Research laboratories are located in the Research & Training Building and the Ninth & Jefferson Building. These buildings, operated though the joint efforts of the University of Washington School of Medicine and Harborview Medical Center, provide laboratory facilities and research offices for HMC-based faculty. Other clinical and outcomes research programs occupy space across the Harborview Medical Center campus.

The R&T Building (opened in 1999) houses an auditorium, training and meeting rooms, as well as wet laboratories, tissue culture rooms, shared facilities, a vivarium, and faculty offices throughput the building. Northwest Biotrust/Biospecimen, a collaborative resource dedicated to increasing the availability of high quality annotated human biospecimens, has laboratory space at HMC.

The Ninth & Jefferson Building (NJB; opened in 2009) has wet laboratories, shared research facilities, and faculty offices on the 3rd floor of the building. In addition, the building houses the Department of Global Health, the Center for AIDS & STD, the Kidney Research Institute, the Eye InstituteWISH (WWAMI Institute for Simulation Healthcare), the Memory and Wellness Research Center and the Neurosciences Program.

The Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC) is a nationally recognized program that takes a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to research, education, training and outreach on injury prevention and control. The center’s research focus areas include traumatic brain injury, safe and active transportation, violence prevention, injury care, and global injury. HIPRC is housed at the Patricia Bracelin Steel Building on Jefferson and Broadway.