Department of Pathology, UW Medicine, University of Washington

Charles E. Alpers

Charles E. Alpers, MD
Professor and Interim Chair of Pathology

About the Department of Pathology

UW Medicine Pathology brings together state-of-the-art technology and highly trained personnel, including nationally and internationally recognized faculty to provide comprehensive diagnostic and personalized service to physicians, community hospitals, independent laboratories, and other health care organizations. We combine sophisticated testing and informatics capabilities of fully accredited laboratories with the resources of an academic and teaching institution in its delivery of pathology services.

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Department Highlights

AAAS names 8 UW researchers as fellows in 2017

Eight University of Washington researchers are among the 396 new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, announced this month. Election as a fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers.

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Call for ADRC Pilot Project Proposals

The UW Alzheimer's Disease Reseach Center seeks proposals for pilot projects that use its resources to advance the understanding, diagnosis, and/or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Click on View Website to find out more.

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Ninety-nine percent of ailing NFL player brains show hallmarks of neurodegenerative disease

The largest study of its kind has found damage in the vast majority of former football players’ brains donated for research after they developed mental symptoms during life. Of 202 former players of the U.S. version of the game whose brains were examined, 87% showed the diagnostic signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive head trauma. Among former National Football League (NFL) players in the sample, that number jumped to 99%. The findings will likely ratchet up the pressure on leaders at all levels of football to protect their players. Still, the authors and other experts caution against overinterpreting the results, because the brains all came from symptomatic former players and not from those who remained free of mental problems.

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Congresswoman DelBene Visit Turns Spotlight on Role of NIH, Medicare/Medicaid Funding

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) toured our Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, including the neuropathology core that is run by Dr. Keene. This article nicely highlights the service that the neuropathology core provides as part of our flagship Alzheimers Disease Research Center.

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