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At the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), we strive to help researchers get their discoveries from the lab to clinic practice to help improve the health of communities in our region and beyond. On this page, you can learn more about the people and programs that make up ITHS and find out how their work is accelerating health research every day.

ITHS Interviews

ITHS Profile Series: KL2 Scholar Blake Langely

In 2024, we begin a new profile series to shed light on some of the distinguished scholars currently participating in our KL2 Program.  Our first scholar is Blake Langley, ND, LAc., who spoke to us about his focus on integrative oncology, the acupressure research he’s most passionate about, and what challenges he expects to face in his journey.

ITHS Interview Profile: Dr. Tumaini Coker on the Future of Health Equity Research

We connected with Dr. Tumaini Coker, the Co-Lead of the ITHS Integrating Special Population program, for our August installment of our interview series. Dr. Coker shared her academic and professional journey in the field of pediatrics, the importance of health equity research, and the probable future trajectory of health equity research.

ITHS Interview Profile: Diving into Male Contraception Research with Dr. John Amory

In our June installment of our interview series, we sat down with Dr. John Amory, a renowned researcher in the field of male contraception and the Deputy Director and Associate Principal Investigator of the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS). Dr. Amory spoke to ITHS about his research journey in the burgeoning field of male contraception, what still surprises him, and what breakthroughs he thinks might be just around the corner.

ITHS Interview Profile: Connecting Multi-Disciplinary Teams with Charlie Gregor

In our this installment of our interview series we sat down with Charlie Gregor, manager of the ITHS Hub Liaison Team and the Network Capacity Component. The ITHS Hub Liaison Team is a multidisciplinary team of subject matter experts spread across the multiple research and research support groups at University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Preventing Harm with Firearm Policy: An Interview With TL1 Trainee Kelsey Conrick

In this installment of our interview series, we spoke with Kelsey Conrick, a PhD student at the University of Washington School of Social Work, and member of the 2022-2023 TL1 Translational Research Training Program cohort at ITHS. Her focus is on firearm policies, and her dissertation seeks to develop resources to help equip social workers to prevent firearm-related harm to their clients.

An Interview With Seher Aftab

Seher Aftab, manager of the ITHS Gene and Cell Therapy Lab (GCTL), is a leader on the frontlines of bridging the gap between scientific discoveries and healthcare treatments. We sat down with Aftab to learn more about her journey to this position.

An Interview With Laura-Mae Baldwin

The ITHS WWAMI region Practice and Research Network (WPRN) is a primary care, practice-based research network across 34 organizations and over 90 clinics in the five-state WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho). In this interview, we speak with one of WPRN’s founders, Laura-Mae Baldwin.

ITHS Program Profiles

The ARPA Way: How ARPA-H is Poised to Supercharge Health Technology Development

The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) was founded to bridge the gap between discovery and public benefit by supercharging development though significant financial and management support. The UW ARPA-H Committee was developed to assist researchers at UW and its partners in accessing these new resources.

Team Science Seminar Series: A Foundational Opportunity for Future Researchers

At noon on the first Thursday of each month from October 2022 through June 2023, the ITHS Team Science group hosted the Team Science Seminar Series, with sessions focusing on topics such as building and leading teams, handling conflict, multi-PI grants and designing research for health equity. We spoke with Team Science Co-Director Brenda Zierler about why the series was created and how successful it has been.

Rural Health Lab: Bringing Rural Health to the Forefront of Translational Science

We sat down with Dr. Allison Cole and Dr. Kelly McGrath to learn more about the new ITHS Community Engagement project, the Rural Health Lab. The Rural Health Lab, in partnership with the Institute of Translational Health (ITHS) and Kootenai Health, is co-led by Dr. Cole and Dr. McGrath to mitigate critical health disparities in rural communities.

Connecting with Community Partners: Learning more about the Preclinical Engagement Project

In this post we put the spotlight on building community connections and how preclinical investigators can start strengthening those relationships to better serve their populations. To that end, we’re learning more about the Preclinical Engagement Project with Sonia Bishop, one of the project leaders, and Laurie Hassell, Director of Community Engagement here at ITHS.

Gene & Cell Therapy Lab: Exploring a Treatment for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

At the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), we help accelerate medical discoveries from our laboratory, the Gene & Cell Therapy Lab (GCTL) to the clinic by partnering with researchers and companies to help them develop, manufacture and test medical products in clinical research trials. This story highlights the GCTL services and one of their partnerships through a project that is testing a promising treatment for advanced ovarian cancer.

ITHS Services

Boost Your Study Recruitment with this ITHS Tool

One of the most effective tools ITHS offers in the quest for study subjects is the Participate in Research website, helping researchers and potential participants to connect. Launched in 2015, the site is a centralized online location for research teams post their studies to including a basic description, eligibility information, IRB approvals and the study contact.

Bolster Early Research Development with the ITHS Scientific Success Committee

ITHS has a long history of helping researchers prepare for submitting a grant, creating a study or even helping to shape up research ideas that are in early stages. Sometimes researchers need a broader perspective on study design and implementation from clinical investigators and other experts, and that’s where the ITHS Scientific Success Committee can help.

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