More than 25 institutes, centers, and programs with an international focus offer collaborative research opportunities and empower our students, faculty, and staff to create meaningful impact.

Our centers and institutes with international focus support all aspects of the learning, teaching and research pursuits for our faculty, staff and students. Explore a selection of the research centers and institutes at Washington University and learn more about organizations at specific schools, by visiting school websites.


ICHAD receives $5 million NIH grant for global health research

The grant will help to nurture aspiring global health scientists by providing mentored research training in global health at established institutions in low- and middle-income countries.

All institutes and centers

Center for Social Development

Using rigorous research, to create innovations in policy and practices that enable individuals, families and communities to achieve life goals and contribute to society.

Center for the Environment

The Center for the Environment is an interdisciplinary hub of environmental research that addresses our deepest societal environmental challenges.

Center for Water Innovation (CWI)

Providing a platform for industry-university dialogue and facilitating interactions among potential collaborators towards joint research efforts.

Global Health Center

Improving global health through transdisciplinary programs and partnerships across Washington University in St. Louis and around the world.

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Research initiatives

Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network

The Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN) is an international research effort focused on dominantly inherited Alzheimer’s disease. DIAN’s efforts, led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, consist of a long-term observational study as well as basic science studies and clinical trials conducted in multiple countries around the world.

The DOLF Project

The Death to Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis (DOLF Project), supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, seeks to develop and test improved treatments for onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis that will enhance efforts to control and eliminate these important neglected tropical diseases.

Global Research on Inclusion and Disability

The Global Research on Inclusion and Disability (GRID) team explores the circumstances of social groups in low- and middle-income countries who are often forgotten in development initiatives.