Now and in the Future

The Blood Center's research focuses on innovative ways to improve patient care. Our current projects tackle some of the most critical issues in medicine, with the ambitious goal of saving hundreds of thousands of lives.

  • Seeking new treatments for thrombosis—the abnormal blood clotting that causes heart attacks and strokes.
  • Seeking cures for bleeding disorders such as hemophilia by researching biochemical structures and genetics of plasma proteins.
  • Developing a screening process for transplant patients that will more accurately match them with donors, save precious time, and lead to more successful organ transplants.
  • Establishing a genomics laboratory that will improve blood and tissue typing, further enhancing the success of transfusions and transplants.
  • Improving platelet therapies for cancer patients.
  • Pioneering advances in the processing and storage of umbilical cord blood, which is used to treat children with life-threatening illnesses such as leukemia and aplastic anemia.
  • Correcting blood disorders with the use of gene transfer therapy.

Prestigious grants received from the following organizations are propelling our groundbreaking studies into the future:

  • National Institutes of Health
    • National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
    • National Cancer Institute
    • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease
    • National Institute of General Medical Sciences
  • Department of Health and Human Services
    • Maternal and Child Health Bureau
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Department of Defense
  • American Heart Association
  • Biogen Idec, Inc.
  • Novo Nordisk, Inc.
  • Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
  • The Seattle Foundation

We are committed to advancing transfusion medicine, enhancing patient care, and discovering tomorrow's cures.

Our blood research saves lives.