Human Biology Division

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Integrating fundamental, applied and translational scientists to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer and other diseases.

Human Biology researchers come together to form a multidisciplinary team that is influenced by individual advances. Their diverse expertise include molecular and cell biology, genomics, genetics, virology, infectious disease, computational biology, pathology and clinical research. Grounded in high-quality basic science, the research performed in Human Biology blends fundamental, applied, and translational research performed in model organisms and in vitro systems.

Highlights

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Fred Hutch Annual Report 2014 -- Dr. Eric Holland is bringing together researchers, data and big ideas to revolutionize treatment for patients with solid-tumor cancers.
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Microbiologist Dr. Nina Salama and her team in the Human Biology Division are leaders in the field studying the stomach bacteria Helicobacter pylori and how it is strongly linked to gastric cancer, the second leading cancer killer worldwide.
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Dr. Stephen Tapscott has labored for years at Fred Hutch to unravel the mechanisms that drive muscular dystrophy, a condition that steadily deteriorates muscles until they stop functioning. Last year that work caught the attention of a key partner that could be critical to transforming Tapscott's research into an effective therapy.
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Actionable Genome Consortium forms with cross disciplinary leaders from world-renowned cancer institutions Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Fred Hutch, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Illumina.
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Dr. Denise Galloway chairs gathering of the brightest minds to discuss new advances in HPV research. The HPV2014 conference, held in August at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, drew the brightest minds in HPV research, including nearly 1,300 basic scientists, public health researchers, physicians, providers and others dedicated to eliminating the suffering caused by the human papillomavirus.
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Hutch Integrated Data Repository and Archive (HIDRA) database aims to change how cancer is treated as doctors will be able to tailor treatment to patients by seeing what has worked for others with similar tumors
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Together Fred Hutch, UW Medicine and SCCA are working to develop the most precise treatment options for patients with solid tumor cancers. The primary goal is to translate laboratory sciences into the most precise treatment options for patients with solid tumor cancers.
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Human papillomaviruses may contribute to post-organ transplant skin cancer - Squamous cell skin cancer (SCSC) is the most frequent cancer to develop in patients post-transplant; however, it is an open question whether this increased frequency of SCSC is virus associated.
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