Two early-career scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have received prestigious grants to further their prostate cancer research. Alexandra “Alex” Corella, a graduate research assistant, won a $25,000, one-year fellowship from the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs, which are administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. She will use the funding to complete her doctoral dissertation research on…
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has awarded eight grants totaling $1 million to a dozen of its scientists through the Evergreen Fund, which supports early research projects thought to be good prospects for commercial partnerships. Since 2017, the Evergreen Fund has awarded $3 million to projects proposed by researchers seeking a timely boost to help bring their ideas from the…
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Summary The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded grants to 44 doctoral adviser-student pairs to improve faculty mentoring skills, support new scientific leaders, and foster diversity and inclusion in science. A good scientific mentor can help students navigate different career paths and plug them into new networks. A mentor can be a sounding board and an advocate – and they…
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The deadly nature of most pancreatic tumors is well known. Less than 10% of patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, or PDA, will survive five years past diagnosis. Recent molecular analyses of PDA has shown that a patient’s prognosis changes depending on their tumor’s molecular characteristics. One subtype of PDA, dubbed quasi-mesenchymal PDA, or QM-PDA, has the worst prognosis of all. A new…
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Dr. Tyler Starr has been named a 2019 Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow. He is among 15 new Fellows to receive this prestigious, four-year award. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center postdoc, who is co-mentored by Hutch computational biologists Drs. Jesse Bloom and Erick Matsen, will study how DNA mutations affect the function of antibodies, a type of specialized immune protein, during the course of an immune…
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The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, is proud to award 55 grants totaling $17.5 million to support physician-scientists studying innovative treatment options in the pediatric cancer space. This is the largest of several annual funding cycles, including 5 grant types. In the United States, one in five kids diagnosed with cancer will not survive and…
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Recipients for the CFAR 2019 New Investigator Awards

The University of Washington/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is pleased to announce the 2019 New Investigator Award recipients.  The purpose of this award program is to encourage junior investigators (at a senior stage of training or recently independent) to conduct independent research, acquire preliminary data to use for exogenous grant submissions, publish, receive mentorship, and write one or…
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The Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS) is pleased to announce 24 new members, recognizing their outstanding record of scientific and technical achievement and their willingness to work on behalf of the Academy to bring the best available science to bear on issues within the state of Washington. The 2019 class of new members is composed of 17 new elected…
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The American Society of Hematology will honor Dr. Phil Greenberg of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center with the 2019 E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize for his outstanding contributions to the field of immunotherapy. The honor recognizes pioneering research achievements in hematology that represent a paradigm shift or significant discovery in the field, according to an ASH press release. Fittingly, the lectureship and…
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Dr. Meghan Koch named 2019 Rita Allen Foundation Scholar

Dr. Meghan Koch, an immunologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, has been named a 2019 Rita Allen Foundation Scholar. She studies how interactions between mother and infant influence infant growth and development. The Koch Lab particularly seeks to understand how immune factors passed from mother to baby shape its developing microbial communities and immune system, and how these effects influence growth.…
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