Yasemin Sancak, assistant professor of pharmacology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, today was named a 2021 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences.  She is one of 22 early-career researchers The Pew Charitable Trusts newly selected for this program. [See Pew news release.] The scholars will receive funding over the next four years to investigate questions in human…
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Two BBI staff have received UW Awards of Excellence for their outstanding contributions during “the extraordinary challenges of 2020.” Research Coordinator Peter Han and Administrative Director Nola Klemfuss were recognized June 10 with “Together We Will” awards by UW President Ana Mari Cauce. They were among several alumni, faculty, staff, retirees, and students who “contribute to the richness and diversity…
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Washington Research Foundation (WRF) has awarded a $250,000 grant that will enable Xiaohu Gao, Ph.D., to develop a technology platform to tag proteins and other large molecules with cholesterol in a way that enables them to be efficiently delivered into living cells. Gao, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington, previously received $50,000 from WRF in 2019 for a proof-of-principle…
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Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the most common form of kidney cancer. Nearly 15,000 people in the United States succumb to RCC each year, and the incidence is rising. The best treatment options today are surgery and radiation, but this type of cancer has proven to be particularly resistant to drugs, creating an urgent need for more effective interventions. In…
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2021 Beeson Award

Dr. Sarah Steinkruger, clinical instructor (General Internal Medicine) is the recipient of the 37th annual Paul B. Beeson Award. Dr. Steinkruger was chosen by the medicine residents in recognition of outstanding clinical teaching and for exemplifying scholarship, humility, compassion, and integrity. The award commemorates Dr. Paul Beeson, a distinguished physician at the Seattle VA in the 1970s, who was celebrated…
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Ph.D. student will study immune cell dynamics in cancer. Kathleen Abadie, a UW Bioengineering Ph.D. student, has received a Fulbright fellowship to advance her research in immune cell behavior and immunotherapy. She will spend the 2021-22 academic year working in the lab of Professor Ido Amit at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. Kathleen currently works in the lab of Hao…
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Congratulations to Drs. Lisa Chew and John Lynch, who have received 2021 Thorud Leadership Awards. Recognizing outstanding leadership since 2006, the Thorud Leadership Award is the highest leadership honor at the University of Washington. In a year of extraordinary challenges, the awards this year recognize the skilled leaders who have helped navigate the uncertainty of 2020. Lisa Chew, MD, MPH…
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In its second round of funding, the UW Medicine Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions is awarding $1.3 million for technology-driven solutions that aim to improve brain health. The technology focus was driven by the need to develop novel approaches to treat large numbers of people affected by brain disorders, as well the depth of innovation and expertise found locally.…
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Congratulations to the 2021 Chair of Medicine Scholars Award recipients. Dr. McKenna Eastment is a senior fellow/acting instructor in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. She earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago and MPH in Epidemiology from UW School of Public Health. Her clinical interests include HIV care, Infectious Diseases care, and General Internal Medicine. Dr. Leah Marcotte is an acting assistant…
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Multiple Myeloma is a cancer of the blood that begins in plasma cells, which are a vital part of the immune system. When healthy plasma cells in bone marrow acquire mutations, they can turn into cancerous cells. When these cancerous cells grow uncontrollably, they overcome healthy blood cells, decimating bone tissue and spreading cancer throughout the body. The disease leads…
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