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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An overlooked cellular structure gene may help scientists better understand male fertility and the forces that shape fast-evolving proteins. Dr. Courtney Schroeder, a postdoctoral fellow in the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center lab of Dr. Harmit Malik, studies the causes and consequences of changes in protein sequence and function in the context of sperm development. She recently received a prestigious, five-year…
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Three undergraduate students at the University of Washington are among 396 around the country who have been named Goldwater Scholars for 2020. The Goldwater Scholarship Program supports undergraduates who “show exceptional promise of becoming this nation’s next generation of research leaders” in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The scholarships go toward tuition, room and board, fees and books up to $7,500…
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