Heart Tissue in Space

Researchers from the UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM) are taking part in a collaborative effort to send heart tissue on chips to the International Space Station to study how microgravity impacts cardiovascular functioning. Read More

A Paradigm Shift in Cancer Treatment

What if a patient’s cancer had a unique fingerprint? And what if that fingerprint could be used to help physicians treat patients, faster and more effectively than ever? This is precision medicine. And Dr. Pam Becker and a team of UW researchers are using it to save lives. Read More

Breaking the Capillary Barrier

Capillaries, the tiny but abundant vessels that enable the exchange of nutrients and waste, are so narrow that red blood cells must pass through in a single file line, making them challenging to study and prohibitively difficult to engineer. Until now. Read More

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

Attention undergraduate students everywhere: If you're intrigued by a career in regenerative medicine, biology, and engineering, the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM) may have the perfect summer experience for you. It’s all part of a broader effort to help more people from more backgrounds explore opportunities in science careers. Read More

Seeing Themselves as Scientists

In late November, a cohort of middle school girls from Burien, Washington traveled to the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM) for an introduction to the basics of stem cell biology, bioprinting, and gene editing. First, though, the visitors absorbed a few science lessons that are impossible to observe, measure, or prove Read More

Building a Better Scar

For decades, researchers have explored the possibility of building a more perfect scar, an intervention that could revolutionize treatment for many of our leading causes of death, including heart disease. Today, the Davis lab continues to make discoveries that are helping scientists understand how this critical biological process works, and how to control it to improve human health. Read More

Phil Green, ALS Champion

As a backup kicker and safety during the storied Don James era, Green learned to make the most of small roles, contributing any way he could to shared achievements, including a national championship in 1991. The brotherhood Green formed with his teammates, and the resilience instilled in him by Coach James, would equip him for the greatest battle of his life. Read More

Accelerating Muscle Research

Muscles are vital for everyday human life. Skeletal muscle contractions enable us to move, stop, and stay upright. Impairments to skeletal muscle or cardiac muscle can lead to problems with specific organs or entire systems. A new UW Medicine muscle research center will enable researchers to accelerate and expand skeletal muscle research and move treatments toward the clinic and the marketplace. Read More

Investing in Young Researchers

Supported by the state-funded ISCRM Fellows Program, creative, passionate young scientists are making real-world contributions to science and medicine by helping to fuel progress against Alzheimer’s, kidney disease, osteoporosis, heart disease, muscular dystrophy, and other conditions impacting billions of people worldwide. Read More

Promoting Cell Growth in the Pancreas

Cell replacement therapy offers one of the most promising prospects for treating or even curing type 1 diabetes. Investigators at the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM) are among the many researchers attempting to use stem cells to replace lost or dysfunctional pancreatic islet cells and restore the production of insulin and glucagon – the hormones responsible for regulating blood sugar. Read More