The 25th UW Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) took place on May 20 and featured hundreds of UW students from all academic disciplines who presented their research topics. Thirty-one of the presenters are bioengineering students. Presenting at the URS is an opportunity for students to share the knowledge they have gained through their research experiences to audiences comprised of faculty, students, and…
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One was the valedictorian of her high school class, in a Los Angeles County public school that did not have a college counselor. Another is a member of the Chickasaw Nation. And the third is fluent in Akan, the most widely spoken indigenous language in Ghana, West Africa. So, what do these three young adults have in common? They are…
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Meet The 2022-2023 ISCRM Fellows

The ISCRM Fellows program began in 2017, the year the Washington State Legislature first included funding for ISCRM in the state budget. In a critical show of support for stem cell research, the legislature appropriated $2.25 million for core staff and technologies, innovation pilot awards for faculty, and a trainee fellowship program to help the UW fulfill its mission, increase…
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2022 McKnight Technology Awards

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience (MEFN) announced the three recipients of $600,000 in grant funding through the 2022 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards, recognizing these projects for their ability to fundamentally change the way neuroscience research is conducted. Each of the projects will receive a total of $200,000 over the next two years, advancing the development of these…
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center will give the 2022 honorary Hutch Award® to Dr. Anthony S. Fauci for his lifetime of service toward a healthier world. Dr. Fauci will receive the award during the Aug. 9 Mariners vs. Yankees game at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park. Dr. Fauci was appointed director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease in 1984 and…
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In rodent models of type 2 diabetes (T2D), central administration of fibroblast growth factor 1 (FGF1) normalizes elevated blood glucose levels in a manner that is sustained for weeks or months. Increased activity of NPY/AgRP neurons in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus (ARC) is implicated in the pathogenesis of hyperglycemia in these animals, and the ARC is a key brain area…
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An In Vivo Model of Human Macrophages in Metastatic Melanoma

Despite recent therapeutic progress, advanced melanoma remains lethal for many patients. The composition of the immune tumor microenvironment (TME) has decisive impacts on therapy response and disease outcome, and high-dimensional analyses of patient samples reveal the heterogeneity of the immune TME. Macrophages infiltrate TMEs and generally associate with tumor progression, but the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. Because experimental systems…
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The Seattle Flu Study (SFS) and Greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network Study (SCAN) are ending their active recruitment and research on July 31, 2022, after years of contributing to scientific discovery and improving public health in Seattle. SFS researchers and principal investigators will continue to study respiratory viruses through the Seattle Flu Alliance, which is expanding to include other organizations…
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Immunotherapy drugs called checkpoint inhibitors have given many lung cancer patients a lifesaving new option. But patients with small cell lung cancer have seen little benefit from the new paradigm. Making small cell lung cancer, or SCLC, cells more visible to the immune system could improve responses to checkpoint inhibitors, according to new work published today in Cancer Clinical Research…
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