UW Medicine faculty have made or contributed to significant advances over the years. Here, we take a look at a few innovations that caught our collective eye.
A revolutionary tube. (1960) The Scribner-Quinton shunt allowed long-term kidney dialysis, saving untold lives.
The transgenic mouse. (1981) Several universities collaborated to create a genetically modifiable mouse — one that passed on genetic material to its offspring — a cornerstone of medical research.
Identifying genes. (1996–2006) Researchers have connected genes to Alzheimer’s disease, pancreatic cancer and Werner’s syndrome, among others.
Crowdsourced protein-folding. (2008) Online players start using their puzzle-solving skills to optimize protein structures; eventually, their insights could help design new proteins to combat disease.
Curing color blindness in monkeys. (2009) Researchers used gene therapy to cure red-green color blindness in adult monkeys, a step toward genetic treatments for many eye diseases affecting the retina.
Cancer vaccine. (2015) Researchers create a vaccine to boost immunity to HER2-negative breast cancer recurrence.
Easier feeding for babies. (2017) A team, including PATH, Seattle Children’s and others, created a low-cost silicone NIFTY Cup for babies born prematurely or with oral clefts.