Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division

The wide reach of Seattle's global health network

Recently, Dr. Ken Stuart, president of the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, led a study to help inform the members of the Washington Global Health Alliance (a partnership of 26 Washington state research and health organizations) about each others’ work around the world.  The study mapped global health research sites, projects, and partnerships around the world that members of the WGHA participate in.

Released Nov. 18, the study identified worldwide research programs from eight of its nine executive members: the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Infectious Disease Research Institute, the Institute for Systems Biology, Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, PATH, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Institute GAPPS program, the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Public Health Seattle-King County.  The study found that these nine organizations alone are conducting 480 different research projects in 92 countries.

As the map shows, although the majority of these projects are concentrated in the U.S., many other geographic areas are well represented, including Brazil, India, China and parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.  The Hutchinson Center conducts 158 of these projects in 33 countries around the world, the study reports.  The majority of these projects involve VIDI faculty.

For more information, see Results of the Study (PDF will download) or http://www.wghalliance.org/.