Facilities for Researchers

The Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center and the Health Sciences Building at UW house several laboratories conducting basic science and translational research. Within these sites, there are a state-of-the-art imaging center, surgical suites, tissue culture facilities, histology and microtomy suites, and equipment for genetic and molecular analyses, electrophysiological measurements in vivo and in vitro, large-scale drug screening, and detailed auditory and vestibular functional testing.

The Otolaryngology Outcomes Research Group performs clinical research and is based in the UW Comparative Effectiveness, Cost & Outcomes Research Center, an interdisciplinary, multi-school clinical research “laboratory.” These Centers are closely affiliated with the UW School of Public Health and UW Institute of Translational Health.

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center houses laboratories for basic science and translational research, focusing on head and neck cancer, epithelial tumor biology, and viral biology as it relates to carcinogenesis, immunotherapy, and population studies.

There are innumerable other research facilities where departmental and trainee research is performed. For example, Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute houses research programs on vascular anomalies, pediatric communications disorders, and others. The Department of Electrical Engineering at UW houses an engineering research laboratory studying robotic surgical techniques. The Seattle VA Medical Center houses the Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence and other research programs, and Harborview Medical Center houses the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center and many other research programs.