Dr. Tal Einav, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Jesse Bloom’s lab, is among the first class of Damon Runyon Quantitative Biology Fellows. The prestigious award supports three years of cancer-related computational research jointly mentored by a computational biologist and cancer biologist. Einav’s co-mentor on the project is Dr. Jonathan W. Yewdell of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. Einav is using computational…
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NIH Funds Kwon Lab Effort to Identify Genetic Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis directly affects more than 200 million worldwide, including one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50. Because it is a bone disease, osteoporosis is a common cause of fractures, which in turn lead to reduced mobility, independence, and overall quality of life. The economic impact of osteoporosis on patients, families, and the healthcare…
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Congratulations to the 2020 Chair of Medicine Scholars award recipients: Dr. Rachel Bender Ignacio (center), acting assistant professor (Allergy and Infectious Diseases), Dr. Catherine Butler (right), acting instructor (Nephrology), and Dr. Michael Lenaeus (left), assistant professor (General Internal Medicine). The Chair of Medicine Scholars Awards, initiated in 2013, are awarded annually to meritorious University of Washington Department of Medicine trainees…
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has announced nine recipients of an award honoring the late Dr. Eddie Méndez, a physician-scientist and cherished colleague at Fred Hutch. Fred Hutch leaders created this award last year to recognize Dr. Eddie Méndez and his commitment to supporting early-career scientists, particularly those from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds. Méndez, who died of cancer two years ago…
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Dr. Michael Schwartz has received a $1M research grant with Novo Nordisk. This two-year project seeks to identify neurons in the brain that detect and respond to changes of the circulating glucose level and determine their roles in glucose homeostasis. Co-investigators on the project are UWMDI researchers Gregory Morton, PhD and Jarrad Scarlett, MD, PhD.  Dr. Schwartz is the RH…
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Dr. Virginia Broudy, professor (Hematology) is this year’s recipient of the David B. Thorud Leadership Award. This award is given to those who demonstrate leadership, including exhibiting innovation, the ability to find practical solutions for complex problems, teamwork and excellent listening skills. In her 35-year career in the Department of Medicine, Dr. Broudy has exemplified creative, results-oriented leadership and outstanding…
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Dr. Bessie Young, professor (Nephrology) and associate chair for diversity and inclusion, has been accepted to the 2020-21 class of Fellows in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program. The ELAM program offers an intensive one-year fellowship of leadership training with extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities aimed at expanding the national pool of qualified women candidates.…
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The American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy has elected Dr. Hans-Peter Kiem, director of Cell & Gene Therapy at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, to serve as its vice president. Announced today by ASGCT, his one-year term will begin after the annual ASGCT meeting, which will be held virtually this year May 12-15. After serving a year as vice president, Kiem will…
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The American Academy of Arts & Sciences today announced its 2020 class of new members, including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center‘s Dr. Julie Overbaugh, who studies factors that shape HIV transmission. The Academy was established in 1780 by Founding Fathers John Adams, John Hancock and others to advance the common good and recognize accomplished individuals. Members are elected by their peers and often join…
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Marie Davis and Yuliang Wang Receive Tietze Research Awards

Two ISCRM faculty members, Marie Davis PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurology and Yuliang Wang, Research Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, have received prestigious awards from the John H. Tietze Foundation Trust that will help fuel promising research underway in their labs.  Investigating a Culprit in Parkinson’s Disease Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that impacts nearly one million people in…
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