On Tuesday, Hyundai Hope on Wheels Foundation awarded Dr. Roland Walter, a clinical researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, with a grant to support his leukemia research. He received the $300,000 Hyundai Hope Scholar Grant in a ceremony at Fred Hutch as part of Hyundai’s annual nationwide campaign to support pediatric cancer research during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Young cancer patients, their families…
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Three researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center recently were awarded a total of $1.5 million from the Andy Hill Cancer Research Endowment, a public-private partnership that supports cancer research in Washington. Until recently, the fund was known as the Andy Hill Cancer Research Endowment (CARE) Fund. The awardees, all recent recruits to Fred Hutch, each of whom received individual…
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Eisenman Receives $7M NCI Outstanding Investigator Award

Dr. Bob Eisenman, a molecular biologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, has received an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute. The awardis given to investigators pursuing projects of “unusual potential” in cancer research. Eisenman studies a specific family of molecules that turn on cellular growth genes. He has spent decades disentangling the network of genes regulated by this…
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The phone call came in 2016 from a parent who was desperate to save her son. As a pediatric leukemia specialist, Dr. Marie Bleakleywas all too familiar with the challenge that the mother on the line, Nicole Gerdin, recounted. Her young son, Nick, had just had his aggressive leukemia put into remission by an experimental therapy, she explained. But his doctors…
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The recently unveiled fellows program funds two young scientists researching bioinformatics. The inaugural fellows are Anat Zimmer, who Ellison calls “brilliant,” and Tomasz Wilmanski, who she said “is an amazing mind.” “It’s so exciting to be part of their lives and help them along in their careers,” she said. “I am honored and grateful to be a K. Carole Ellison…
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center biostatistician Dr. James Dairecently was awarded a $2.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop new analytical methods for identifying genetic and epigenetic alterations that drive cancers. He hopes this work will facilitate the discovery of molecular cancer drivers — biomarkers — and the development of new preventive, diagnostic and prognostic techniques. Dai is using data…
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Announcing the Recipients of the 2018 New Investigator Awards

The University of Washington/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Developmental Core is delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s New Investigator Awards. The purpose of the CFAR New Investigator Award program is to provide support ($45-$55,000/year for 1-2 years) to promising early career HIV/AIDS investigators. The NIA encourages junior investigators to conduct independent research, acquire preliminary data to…
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In 1987, at the age of 40, world-renowned Spanish tenor José Carreras was diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia and given long odds of survival. He underwent a bone marrow transplant at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center that would cure his disease. A year later, in gratitude, he established a Barcelona-based foundation to support and promote the kind of research that…
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center biostatistician Dr. Yingqi Zhao has been awarded the Dr. Charles A. Coltman Jr. Fellowship, which recognizes and funds prolific early- and mid-career scientists from affiliated institutions within SWOG, a national clinical trials network. The Coltman Fellowship, which is sponsored by SWOG’s public charity, The Hope Foundation, includes a two-year, $50,000-a-year grant to support the development of cutting-edge clinical trials within…
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The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has named Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Dr. Jay F. Sarthy as one of five outstanding young scientists to receive the prestigious Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award. He will receive $231,000 over four years to study pediatric brain cancers. Under the mentorship of geneticist Dr. Steven Henikoff and pediatric neuro-oncologist Dr. Jim Olson of the Hutch, Sarthy will aim…
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