Community Involvement

Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) is an active member of the community. Learn more about BRI at these events. See the links below to sign up. For fundraising events, please visit BRI Fundraising Events.

American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association’s priority is to improve the lives of all people impacted by diabetes and type 1 diabetes is a critical focus of the organization. BRI will have a presence at the ADA summer camps and a team for the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes.

Autoimmune Advocacy Alliance

The Autoimmune Advocacy Alliance (A3) is a collective effort to achieve clarity, understanding and support for the needs of those living with autoimmune diseases. BRI researchers regularly speak at conferences and events hosted by A3. 

Boeing Classic Golf Tournament

The Boeing Classic Golf Tournament, an official PGA Champions Tour event, featuring the legends of golf 50 years and older, benefits BRI.  The tournament will be held in August at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. For more information visit


The mission of ConnecT1D is to connect people living with type 1 diabetes through programs, social networking, educational meetings and support activities at every stage of their lives. BRI is involved in the Family Camp, a weekend event for families impacted by type 1 diabetes with networking, educational programs and activities.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is dedicated to raising awareness and critical funds for digestive disease cures. James Lord, MD, PhD, BRI researcher and Virginia Mason gastroenterologist, serves on CCFA Northwest Board of Trustees. BRI and Virginia Mason has a team at the Take Steps Western Washington walk and supports the annual fundraising luncheon.


JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research with the goal of progressively removing the impact of T1D from people’s lives until a world without T1D is achieved. BRI is involved with Beat the Bridge, TypeOneNation, the JDRF Seattle Guild and other events. 

Lupus Foundation of America

The mission of the Lupus Foundation of America is to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support and advocacy. BRI is honored to host the 2018 PNW Lupus Symposium. Staff members and research participants also take part in the Washington Walk to End Lupus Now.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Society is to mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). BRI participates in Walk MS, and the MS Dinner of Champions fundraising event. Also, BRI researchers speak at various educational MS Society events throughout the year.

Pacific Science Center        

Pacific Science Center is a not-for-profit science educational institution that inspires a lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs. BRI participates in various events throughout the year including Meet a Scientist and Research Weekends.

Seattle Food Allergy Consortium

Seattle Food Allergy Consortium (SeaFAC) brings together clinical expertise in food allergy, basic science research capabilities and community participation within Seattle and the Northwest region to support finding a cure for food allergy. BRI leaders Gerald Nepom, MD, PhD, Bill Kwok, PhD, and Steve Ziegler, PhD, are members of the SeaFAC advisory council.