Between no flu shots and new concerns about the bird flu in Asia, experts have warned the world is at risk for another flu pandemic. But take heart. University of Washington School...

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Between no flu shots and new concerns about the bird flu in Asia, experts have warned the world is at risk for another flu pandemic.

But take heart. University of Washington School of Medicine researchers are trying to gain insights into why the strain of influenza that spawned the 1918-19 “Spanish Flu” outbreak was so deadly. UW Department of Microbiology researchers are participating in a multisite study examining a portion of the virus’s genome that could shed light on ways to better protect people from serious strains of influenza.
This is only one example of the ground-breaking research the University of Washington continues to be involved with across many medical and academic disciplines. This year, professor Linda Buck won a Nobel Prize for her work in explaining the sense of smell.

The UW ranks first among all U.S. universities in competitive federal research grants. All this while state funding for the UW has declined. UW President Mark Emmert, in a recent speech, noted that comparable universities are able to spend an average of $3,000 more per student. The UW needs help from the community, region and state that benefit so richly from its work.

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In October, the UW Foundation launched the public portion of $2 billion Creating Futures fund-raising campaign to shore up the university across its many colleges, departments, research programs and instructional missions.

The UW is an excellent investment. For information about the UW and the campaign, go to www.uwfoundation.org.