The Comparative Pathology Program (CPP) in the Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) at the University of Washington School of Medicine integrates the pathology of laboratory animal species with basic science and systems biology. Which results in the improved development and translation of animal models to human diseases. The CPP faculty are veterinarians with specialty training in molecular disease pathogenesis and comparative pathobiology of model organisms. The CPP has two specialized programs including Comparative Neuropathology (CNP-P) and Comparative Pathology of Aging (CPA-P). Additionally, Dr. Treuting directs the comparative pathology ACLAM residency rotations, rounds, and courses within the DCM. CPP faculty engage in training of DCM residents, graduate students, research, and technical staff in comparative pathology and use of animal models in translational research.
Drs. Piper M. Treuting and Charles W. Frevert, faculty members in the Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) and affiliates of Department of Pathology, are co-directors of the CPP. The CPP is composed of two sections, Molecular Pathology and Veterinary Pathology which takes advantage of the resources within the Histology and Imaging Core (HIC), UW Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UWVDL), and DCM. Brian Johnson and Kerrie Allen are the lead program managers who oversee the day-to-day running of the HIC and the UWVDL respectively. CPP faculty and staff have offices within the HIC located at the University of Washington School of Medicine-South Lake Union (N-310) and the Health Sciences Building (I-458). The HIC as part of the DCM cost center it is able to provide service to UW Investigators, local non-profit institutions, and for-profit companies on a fee for service basis. The integration of the HIC with the CPP provide the expertise and technical resources necessary to assist investigators performing basic science, discovery, and preclinical studies.