Researchers at the University of Washington working on both protein design and the understanding of gravity have been awarded the Breakthrough Prize in life sciences and fundamental physics. The so-called “world’s largest science prize,” announced Thursday, comes with a $3 million award. UW biochemist David Baker won one of four 2021 Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences for his work developing technology that allowed the…
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Dr. Gregory Morton has been awarded an NIH R01 for his project entitled “Thermoregulatory circuits that regulate feeding”. This 4-year award, totaling $2,097,213, seeks to advance the understanding of the neurocircuitry linking thermoregulation to Agrp neurons and feeding and may identify novel strategies for the treatment of obesity by blunting the associated hyperphagic response. Co-investigators on this project include UWMDI…
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Washington Research Foundation (WRF) today announced it has awarded an additional $400,000 grant to Gabriele Varani, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at the University of Washington. The grant provides pivotal funding that will allow Varani to continue his work investigating the molecular basis of cancer and inflammatory disease, and developing potential new therapeutics. WRF provided earlier grants totaling $230,000 to support…
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Gene Therapy Research for HIV Awarded $14.6 Million NIH Grant

An HIV research program led by scientists at USC and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle has received a five-year, $14.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The team is advancing a gene therapy approach to control the virus without the need for daily medicines. The program’s co-directors are Paula Cannon, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Molecular Microbiology and…
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Dr. Karin Bornfeldt, Edwin L. Bierman Professor of Medicine (Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition), and professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, has received a new Program Project Grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The primary focus of the new Triglycerides, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Program Project is to investigate whether diabetes causes changes in remnants of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins,…
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Over the last 16 years, a growing community of doctoral students and their advisers has knit together, bound by a shared passion for science. They’re working on cutting-edge projects – such as studies of the gut microbiome, epigenetic mechanisms, and anti-cancer immunotherapeutics – and they’re trying to change the culture of science along the way. Now, another 45 adviser-student pairs…
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The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has named two outstanding young scientists as recipients of the Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award, committing nearly $500,000 to help address a critical shortage of funding for pediatric cancer research.   The Fellowship Award provides funding to basic scientists and clinicians who conduct research with the potential to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis…
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center computational biologist Dr. Rob Bradley was recently named the new McIlwain Family Endowed Chair in Data Science. Funding provided by the honor will support Bradley’s use of computational methods to seek molecular patterns in large datasets that shed light on cancer biology and help point the way toward new therapies for cancer and related diseases. “Great researchers…
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Acute myeloid leukemia is one of the most common — and aggressive — types of blood cancer that strike adults. A bone marrow transplant can offer a potential cure. But older patients often can’t handle the heavy rounds of radiation and/or chemotherapy required before the procedure. And many patients — especially those from racial and ethnic minorities — won’t find a fully…
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The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has named Peter H. Byers, MD, as the 2020 recipient of the Victor A. McKusick Leadership Award. Dr. Byers is a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Department of Medicine (Division of Medical Genetics) at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, where he has spent his entire academic career (fellow…
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