Thank You For Your Support
Thoughtful support from donors like you is critical to sustaining our mission of advancing the quality of patient care through education, research, innovation and technology. Together we will change millions of lives, and your support helps us to remain a place where highly-skilled physicians and researchers have access to the tools, equipment, training and facilities they need to provide world-class care to their patients.
FEATURED RESEARCH PROJECT: 3D ATLAS OF THE Human SPINAL CORD
Did you know that 100 million American's suffer from chronic pain? The annual cost of chronic pain in the United States is more than the yearly costs for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined. The spinal cord is the gateway for information transferred between body and brain. Most people are aware of the devastating effects of spinal cord injury and disease has on our society. Coupled with the debilitating side effects of chronic pain it is a cycle of misery with no easy answers. A cycle that leads to addiction, the inability to work, depression, anger, frustration, sadness, and potentially more pain.
The Seattle Science Foundation is beginning the first of its kind research project to develop a comprehensive 3D atlas of the human spinal cord and spinal cord registry and tissue bank from patients with cord injury or disease. Such an endeavor will poise Washington State as a leader in advancing health care by better understanding the anatomy of the spinal cord and providing the country and world a road map for navigating the intricacies of this last frontier in human anatomy.
Ultimately, understanding the complex details of the human spinal cord will assist researchers and physicians in applying new and developing technologies to patients with chronic pain, spinal cord disease, and spinal cord injury.
This advance would impact large numbers of patients with disease of the spinal cord that cause paralysis such as multiple sclerosis or ALS, following stroke, or after injury to the cord from motor vehicle accidents or trauma incurred by our troops in the military. Advances of this nature, by providing a previously unavailable roadmap for the spinal cord, might finally result in a cure for paralysis and give hope to patients where none existed before.
ABOUT THE SEATTLE SCIENCE FOUNDATION
In our anatomical research facility, medical and surgical problems are examined and alternative anatomical solutions developed to solve various issues that face clinicians and surgeons alike. The Seattle Science Foundation boasts a large group of anatomical and clinical fellows from partnering medical centers who together are helping change the way we move forward with our understanding of human anatomy. This collaborative research and subsequent discoveries have resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications per year in major medical journals as well as the publication of many clinical/surgical textbooks. Additionally, the Seattle Science Foundation houses the editorial office of the journal Clinical Anatomy (the official journal of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists).
SURGICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS
From our 21 station cadaveric operating suite, we partner with various surgical specialties to develop innovative teaching methods that enable surgeons to practice new procedures on realistic anatomical models. In addition, we work with industry to improve surgical instruments, devices and technologies to improve patient care.
We provide high-end continuing medical education courses in a state-of-the-art facility. Over 10,000 physicians pass through our doors each year and are involved in a multitude of courses, many of which highlight our live operating room streaming capabilities or national/international video conferencing services. Recently, the Foundation’s courses have reached over 250,000 viewers online in over 182 countries.