Dr. Deborah Donnell, a biostatistician at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, today was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The honor, a mark of distinction from the AAAS, hails Donnell for her contributions to science in a field where she plays a pivotal role in analyzing results of clinical trials of drugs that can prevent…
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Vincenzo Cirulli Elected to the Board of Directors of the Diabetes Research Connection

ISCRM faculty member Dr. Vincenzo Cirulli, MD, PhD, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Diabetes Research Connection (https://diabetesresearchconnection.org/), a non-profit organization devoted to support early-career scientists to perform innovative research designed to prevent and cure Type 1 diabetes. Over the past three years, the Diabetes Research Connection has funded more than 30 young scientists with awards ranging from…
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When immunologist Dr. Stanley Riddell was refining the genetic engineering of T cells as a potential treatment for lymphomas in 2011, a rising entrepreneur from Ireland, Dr. David Burke, was moving with his wife and their young son to Silicon Valley to take a position as director of engineering at Google. Burke is now vice president of engineering at Google,…
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The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named four University of Washington faculty members as AAAS Fellows, according to a Nov. 24 announcement from the organization. The four are part of a cohort of 489 new fellows for 2020, which were chosen by their peers for “their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.”…
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Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb has been selected as this year’s recipient for the William J. Bremner Endowed Mentorship Award in honor of his commitment to mentoring physician-scientists. He will be presented with the award at Medicine Grand Rounds in January 2021. Jonathan Himmelfarb, MD Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb Recognizing that mentorship is critical to success across all phases of faculty’s careers in…
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Seven researchers in the Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington Cancer Consortium have received grants from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, or BCRF. Their work will focus on almost every aspect of breast cancer: from its genetic drivers and potentially reducible risk factors, to treatment and survivorship, to new therapies and practices that could help those with metastatic, or stage 4, disease. Fred…
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center biostatistician Dr. Ruth Etzioni was just named the inaugural recipient of the Rosalie & Harold Rea Brown Endowed Chair. The new endowed chair will help advance Etzioni’s population science research, which focuses on cancer screening and early detection, particularly in breast and prostate cancers. Etzioni, who’s been at the Hutch for nearly 30 years, said she was…
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Seattle biotech company Phase Genomics announced Wednesday that it received two National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants totaling $3.9 million. The funding, which runs for three years, will help pay for projects focused on chromosomal abnormalities that cause problems with fertility and reproduction and with diseases such as cancer. Many people are familiar with the idea of genetic mutations caused by small errors…
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Four faculty members at the University of Washington School of Medicine have received 2020 High-Risk, High Reward research grants, the National Institutes of Health announced today, Oct. 6. These 2020 NIH Director’s Awards recognize extraordinary creativity in tackling difficult problems in biomedical research.  The UW Medicine scientists will be exploring bat immunity to viruses lethal in humans, how mitochondrial are perturbed in…
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