AI fellows choose among any relevant research laboratory throughout the UW system and affiliated institutions. Upon choosing a laboratory, the fellow will prepare a written research plan and establish a mentoring committee. The mentoring committee will assist in monitoring research progress and oversee the preparation of abstracts/presentations/manuscripts and additional aspects of career planning for the fellow. Fellows present new research data at regional, national or international meetings and publish these new data in peer-reviewed publications.
Year 1: Clinical training
Years 2 & 3 (3rd year is optional for those pursuing an academic career): Focused research training and continuity clinics
Research Training Sites
Fellows perform research studies at one or several of the major research training sites affiliated with the program.
South Lake Union
Collaborative research is a hallmark of these training sites. Researchers at UW Medicine's continually expanding biotechnology and medical research hub in the South Lake Union (SLU) neighborhood of Seattle are working to develop life-changing therapies. Now housing over 1,200 scientists and support staff, the SLU complex is cutting-edge in researching areas that include Allergy and Inflammation, Immunology, Lung Biology, Metabolomics, Proteomics, and Regenerative Medicine.
At the Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute in downtown Seattle, the Center for Immunity and Immunotherapies (CIIT) programs include cellular therapeutics that supports current cellular therapeutic approaches, including hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and ongoing research to provide novel cellular therapies to patients with immunologic disorders, as well as gene therapy and repair that develops preclinical and clinical gene therapy protocols to treat primary immunodeficiencies and other disorders.
Benaroya Research Institute
The Benaroya Research Institute leads the Immune Tolerance Network (ITN), a collaborative network for clinical research, funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. A major focus of the ITN is the development of therapeutic approaches for asthma and allergy that lead to immune tolerance.
Asthma, Inc. Clinical Research Center
Fellows may also participate in translational clinical research studies at ASTHMA Inc. Clinical Research Center in Seattle that investigates new treatments in allergy, asthma, and immunology.
Research Collaboration With Seattle Food Allergy Consortium (SeaFAC)
Seattle Food Allergy Consortium members are the major training sites of the UW Allergy & Immunology Fellowship Program. The SeaFAC vision is to bring together clinical expertise in food allergy, basic science research capabilities, and community participation within Seattle and the Northwest region with the following goals:
- Define molecular immunopathogenesis of food allergy
- Develop and test novel and effective therapies:
- VIPES Study – Peanut Desensitization to Test Efficacy and Safety of Viaskin Peanut Patches & Follow-up VIPES Study
- Efficacy and Safety of Viaskin Milk in Children With IgE-Mediated Cow's Milk Allergy (MILES)
- Peanut Allergy Oral Immunotherapy Study of AR101 for Desensitization in Children and Adults (PALISADE)
- Multi Immunotherapy to Test Tolerance and Xolair (M-TAX)
- Create Seattle Children’s Food Allergen Challenge Clinic (launched November 2014)
UW Allergy and Immunology Fellows gain expertise in basic and translational clinical research in food allergy via collaboration with SeaFAC investigators and participate in the Seattle Children’s Food Allergen Challenge Clinic during year two of fellowship.