Dr. Yingye Zheng, a professor of biostatistics in Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Public Health Sciences Division, has been elected as a fellow of the American Statistical Association. Zheng joined Fred Hutch in 2003 and is an affiliate professor of biostatistics in the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. She was selected for the prestigious fellowship for…
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In 2021, ISB has kicked off the fifth year of its successful Innovator Award Program by announcing three collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects. The program was created in 2017 to support early-career scientists working on high-risk, high-reward innovations. The Innovator Award Program champions interdisciplinary collaboration for non-faculty ISB researchers who need assistance with funding their work. “While one can take courses and workshops…
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Drs. Keith Jerome and Alex Greninger were named Innovators of the Year 2020 by the University of Washington School of Medicine for their foresight and innovation in developing one of the first tests in the country that detects COVID-19. In November 2019, when the pandemic was reported in China, Greninger, assistant professor of laboratory medicine and pathology, went to Jerome, professor of…
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Malaria mosquitoes, the world’s deadliest creatures, cause 400,000 deaths a year. One of two grants awarded to UW biology professors by the Human Frontier Science Program, or HFSP, will enable a research team including Jeffrey Riffell to study malaria mosquito swarming and mating dynamics to help control swarms and curb disease. The project also aims to explore “novel bio-inspiration” for flight control strategies in aerial robotics…
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Targeted therapies have transformed outcomes for lung cancer patients. After reduced smoking rates, drugs that take aim at signature alterations in tumor cells are the main reason that the death rate has dropped for people diagnosed with lung cancer. Recently, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center lung cancer researcher Dr. Alice Berger received a National Institutes of Health MERIT Award that will support her efforts to extend these…
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UW Medicine genetics researcher Dr. Mary-Claire King is among the four 2021 Canada Gairdner International Award laureates announced today, April 7. The award, presented by the Gairdner Foundation in Toronto, honors renowned scientists who have made seminal discoveries that are among the world’s most significant contributions to biomedical science. “During these challenging times,” the Gairdner Foundation said, “we believe it is…
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BBI ‘Catalytic Collaboration Grant’: Bringing Precision Medicine to Pancreatic Cancer A collaboration between Drs. Christopher Kemp (Fred Hutch) and Sita Kugel (Fred Hutch) “Given the lack of major improvements in the clinical outcome of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma over the past five decades, innovative approaches are clearly called for to discover and develop novel therapeutic targets.” Dr. Christopher Kemp, professor in the Human Biology…
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ITHS Welcomes the 2021 Pilot Awardees

The Institute of Translational Health Sciences is pleased to announce the 2021 Pilot Award recipients. Applicants were selected from across a broad range of disciplines spanning the translational science spectrum, including basic research, clinical implementation, public health, and clinical and pre-clinical research. Investigators supported by the Pilot Program are expanding knowledge in rural health care delivery, tissue bioengineering, suicide prevention,…
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Learn about the newly funded 2021-2022 ADRC Development Projects. These awards encourage investigators to use ADRC resources to advance the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Brain glycan sulfation recoding in Alzheimer’s disease Kimberly Alonge, PhD. Acting Instructor, UW Medicine The brain’s extracellular matrix is a three-dimensional network consisting of macromolecules and minerals that provide structural and biochemical support…
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