Institutes break down walls between researchers in different fields. The Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine brings together research scientists from the University of Washington, Fred Hutch, and Seattle Children’s, opening up traditional compartmentalization and encouraging collaboration and discovery. With six UW schools/colleges and thirty-eight different departments represented, ISCRM is one of the largest institutes at the University of Washington. Partnering institutions share faculty and collaborate on research in stem cell and regenerative medicine. These partnerships, and less formal affiliations with individual scientists at other Seattle organizations, give ISCRM a robust network of colleagues and collaborators.