Eight researchers in the Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington Cancer Consortium have received grants totaling nearly $2 million from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, or BCRF, funding that will continue to fuel their research through 2019. Most of the grants will go toward new therapies for patients with metastatic cancers. The grants were part of a record-breaking $63 million given out this…
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The Moritz Lab has received research funding totaling nearly $525,000 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health to develop “novel peptide based biomarkers for Lyme disease diagnostics.” The Moritz group has been at the forefront of the development of whole proteome assay repositories and will apply this technology to Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative…
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Dr. Fuki Hisama, professor (Medical Genetics) was recently awarded the Minority Faculty Mentoring Award from the UW School of Medicine Committee for Minority Faculty Advancement (CMFA). This award recognizes the need for excellence in mentoring of under-represented faculty groups to achieve diversity and inclusion, key elements that can unleash creativity and innovation so that we can meet the health care needs…
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Dr. William Banks, professor (Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine) and associate chief of staff for Research and Development at VA Puget Sound Health Care System has received the 2018 William S. Middleton Award. It is the highest honor conferred by the VA Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development Service. The award recognizes Bank’s long history of contributions to VA research, particularly his…
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It’s notable that the newest class of Allen Distinguished Investigators, announced today by the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, includes researchers who are developing new treatments for lymphoma. Lymphoma is the type of blood cancer that led to the death of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the namesake and funder of the research program. The decision to focus on that disease — along with…
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Dr. Matthias Stephan Named Allen Distinguished Investigator

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center immunobioengineer Dr. Matthias Stephan, who is developing the use of immune-cell-programming nanoparticles as a cancer treatment, has been named a 2018 Allen Distinguished Investigator by The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, a division of the Allen Institute. He will use the three-year, $1.5 million award to help take the steps necessary to bring the approach to the clinic to…
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Two UW Cardiologists Honored at Northwestern University

Dr. Daniel Yang was presented with the grand prize in the  Junior Faculty Basic Science category for his presentation titled “Novel Adult-Onset Systolic Cardiomyopathy due to MYH7 E848G Mutation in Patient-Derived Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells“, receiving $10,000 to go towards cardiovascular research. Fellow Cardiologist, and ISCRM Faculty Member, Farid Moussavi-Harami was awarded 3rd place for his submission. The Jeremiah Stamler Distinguished Young Research Award was created to…
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Scientists at the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) were recently awarded a one-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to build a Down syndrome (DS) biorepository to research the connection between autoimmune disease and DS. The BRI biorepository, or biobank, is a collection of blood, serum and tissue samples, as well as medical histories, from volunteers with…
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Fred Hutch physician-scientist Dr. Stephanie Leewas honored at an Oct. 12 ceremony as the second recipient of the David and Patricia Giuliani/Oliver Press Endowed Chair in Cancer Research. The honor will help support Lee in perpetuity as she continues her research on blood stem cell transplantation and chronic graft-vs.-host disease, or GVHD. “Receiving the chair means so much because of Ollie,”…
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Miklos Kohary had only met with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center physician-scientist Dr. Joachim Deeg a few times when he asked Deeg a key question: “I asked him, do you believe in the power of the mind?” Kohary recalled at the Oct. 15 evening reception at Fred Hutch at which Deeg was named the first Miklos and Natalia Zimonyi Kohary Endowed Chair…
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