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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Principal Investigator Oliver Harrison, DPhil, at the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) has been awarded a $2.9 million-dollar 5-year Research Project Grant (R01) by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the mechanisms by which the immune system responds to the body’s microbiome, and how these immune responses go awry…
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Seattle’s Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) today announced that its RNA vaccine team manager, Emily Voigt, Ph.D., has received a federal grant to support her team’s innovative development of better, stronger RNA-based vaccines. Work under the two-year grant from the Department of Defense’s Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) began on February 15, 2021. Dr. Voigt and her team are…
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As tissues form and the body takes its shape in early development, cells move to new areas and transition between different behavioral and functional states. This fundamental process is also co-opted by cancer cells, allowing them to evade therapy, spread through the body and seed new tumors. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center systems biologist Dr. Taran Gujral has received a National Science Foundation…
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The University of Washington is proud to be included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2020-2021 Fulbright  students. Each year the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces the top-producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education published…
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