Centers & Research Units

The Cardiovascular Health Research Unit (CHRU)

The Cardiovascular Health Research Unit (CHRU) is a joint program of the University of Washington Department of Medicine, Divisions of Cardiology and General Internal Medicine, and School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology. This research program seeks to further the development and application of knowledge related to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

Bruce Psaty, Susan Heckbert, Nicholas Smith, Daniel Enquobahrie, Mandy Fretts

Center for AIDS and STD Research (CFAR)

The Center for AIDS and STD Research (CFAR), established in July 1989, provides patient care, research, training and education, and international technical assistance for HIV/AIDS and STD. The Center is administered by the UW in collaboration across several academic and medical institutions creating global impact for HIV/AIDs research.

Grace John-Stewart, Anna Wald, Christine Khosropour, Brandon Guthrie, Scott McClelland, Carey Farquhar, Stephen Hawes, Kenneth Mugwanya

Center for Anti-Racism and Community Health (ARCH)

The ARCH Center serves as a community-driven academic hub focused on the critical interrogation and disruption of racism and racialization within systems while centering those most impacted by legacies of U.S. colonization. ARCH’s mission is to serve as a rigorous and community-driven academic hub focused on the critical interrogation and disruption of racist mechanisms within systems that threaten the health and well-being of Black and Indigenous peoples and other peoples of color. 

Wendy Barrington

Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health

The Maternal and Child Health Program offers graduate-level training in maternal and child health research and practice, including epidemiology, biostatistics, program planning and management, policy development, and advocacy. With a mission to improve the health and well-being of women, families, and children in the US, the MCHP program consists of professional mentorship, academic training, and researc surrounding maternal and child health.

Daniel Enquobahrie, Jennifer Balkus, Lisa Manhart, Janet Basement, Mary Kernic

Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)

The UW Center for Obesity Research (UW-COR) is facilitating interdisciplinary research that addresses biomedical, social, economic, and environmental aspects of obesity. UW-COR’s objective is to advance science and improve health by aligning research aims with local, state, and national policy objectives. The Center’s long-term goal is to translate research results into evidence-based strategies for obesity prevention and treatment.

Adam Drewnowski, Stephen Hawes

Center for Public Health Nutrition (CPHN)

The mission of the Center is to advance and promote public health practice to improve nutrition and reduce obesity. Located within the University of Washington School of Public Health, the center brings together faculty and staff from the departments of Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and Health Services.

Adam Drewnowski, Jessica Jones-Smith, Marie Spiker

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Diagnostic & Prevention Network

The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic & Prevention Network is dedicated to the screening, diagnosis and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). The mission of the FAS DPN is primary and secondary prevention of FAS through screening, diagnosis, intervention, training, education, and research.

Susan Hemingway

Global WACH

Created in 2012, Global WACH draws maternal health expertise from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, neonatal and child health expertise from the Department of Pediatrics, and vast experience working in infectious disease, health evaluation, education, clinical research, and service delivery within the Department of Global Health to create a perspective that views women, children, and adolescents not as three independent populations but as interconnected through the lifecycle.

Grace John-Stewart, Brandon Guthrie

International Clinical Research Center (ICRC)

The ICRC is composed of a committed group of individuals, working across several continents, to conduct rigorous and sound research studies to answer the critical scientific questions of our time. Established in September 2007, it provides the essential framework and coordination to streamline the implementation of multi-center international infectious disease prevention trials. The ICRC is within the University of Washington, Department of Global Health.


Lindström Lab

The Lindström Lab is in the Department of Epidemiology at University of Washington and in the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. This labs focuses on the genetic contribution to complex disease with an emphasis on cancer. Working at the intersection of genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics,they interrogate large-scale-omics data to learn how genes and environment affect risk of developing disease. 

Sara Lindström

National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center 

The National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC) was established by the National Institute on Aging/NIH in 1999 to facilitate collaborative research among the 29 NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Centers (ADCs) nationwide. NACC developed and maintains a large relational database of standardized clinical and neuropathological research data collected from each ADC, and this database provides a valuable resource for both exploratory and explanatory Alzheimer’s disease research. NACC data are freely available to all researchers. NACC’s principal investigator and founding director, Walter A. Kukull, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology, where NACC has been located since its inception.

Walter A. Kukull, Charles Mock

The Strategic Analysis, Research & Training (START) Center

The Strategic Analysis, Research & Training (START) Center, established in 2011 in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides high quality research and analytic support to organizations working in the fields of global and domestic public health. START is driven by a dual mission, with equal commitment to delivering high-quality research and analysis and providing mentorship and training to UW graduate research assistants.The START team includes 10 UW faculty who are leaders in global research and 20 graduate research assistants in addition to leveraging a network of 4,700 faculty experts across the UW.

Stephen E. Hawes, Brandon Guthrie

UW Collaborative on Obesity Research & Action (CORA)

The Collaborative on Obesity Research & Action is a consortium of Seattle-area scientists who study, treat, and prevent obesity and related chronic diseases. Our members are based at the University of Washington, Children’s Research Institute, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, VA Puget Sound, and Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute.

Steve Mooney, Jessica Jones-Smith, Johanna Lampe, Anjum Hajat, Mandy Fretts

Virology Research Clinic 

The Virology Research Clinic was established 33 years ago to conduct research on viral sexually transmitted infections and is a world-renowned leader in herpes research. Its mission is to investigate the epidemiology and natural history of herpes simplex virus (HSV), and to evaluate new therapies and vaccines for HSV. Currently, our special areas of interest are prevention of HSV transmission, HSV vaccines and the interactions between HSV and HIV.

Anna Wald (Director)

Washington Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence (WA IFS CoE)

Established in 2019, the Washington Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence (WA IFS CoE), is a partnership between the UW School of Public Health and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). The Washington CoE serves as a foodborne disease epidemiology and food safety resource for state and local public health partners in the Western U.S. The IFS CoE program was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The CoE mission is to help strengthen and improve foodborne illness surveillance and response and to increase the capacity of the public health workforce by applying best practices in foodborne outbreak response through training, evaluation, analysis, and communication.

Janet Baseman (Co-director), Peter Rabinowitz