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Donate to Fred Hutch for a chance to meet Seattle Mariners’ Mitch Haniger

Mariners will match gifts through Aug. 7

July 16, 2018 | By Fred Hutch News Service staff

Seattle Mariners outfielder and Fred Hutch ambassador Mitch Haniger takes a turn at bat.

Seattle Mariners outfielder and Fred Hutch ambassador Mitch Haniger takes a turn at bat.

Photo courtesy of the Seattle Mariners

Starting today, you can double your impact in the fight against cancer and, just maybe, meet a rising star in Major League Baseball.

As part of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s partnership with the Seattle Mariners, the team will match donations to the Hutch through Aug. 7. Those who give online during this promotion will be entered automatically for a chance to win four Mariners tickets and an on-field photo opportunity with outfielder and Fred Hutch ambassador Mitch Haniger.

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Computational biologist Dr. Raphael Gottardo receives 2018 Mortimer Spiegelman Award

American Public Health Association recognizes Fred Hutch researcher for his contributions to health statistics biology

July 13, 2018 | By Tom Kim / Fred Hutch News Service

Dr. Raphael Gottardo speaks at an all-faculty retreat last month in Seattle.

Dr. Raphael Gottardo speaks about data science at a Fred Hutch all-faculty retreat last month at The Westin Seattle.

Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service

The American Public Health Association has named Dr. Raphael Gottardo, a computational biologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the winner of its 2018 Mortimer Spiegelman Award.

The Spiegelman Award honors statisticians under the age of 40 who have made outstanding contributions to health statistics, especially public health statistics.

“It is a privilege to be recognized by my peers and win such a well-respected award,” Gottardo said. “Researching ways to harness the immune system to prevent infections and cure cancer is a massive undertaking that involves analyzing and integrating a large amount of data, and I’m proud that my work is helping other scientists turn that trove of information into actionable insights.”

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Dr. Emily Hatch named 2018 Rita Allen Foundation Scholar

She is recognized for her research on the rupture and repair of nuclear membranes that may cause cancer and other diseases

July 11, 2018 | By Colin Petersdorf / Fred Hutch News Service

Dr. Emily Hatch

Dr. Emily Hatch

Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service

Dr. Emily Hatch of the Basic Sciences Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on Monday was selected as a 2018 Rita Allen Foundation Scholar.

The Rita Allen Foundation, an organization in Princeton, New Jersey, that sponsors promising early-career scientists, awarded the scholarship to seven biomedical researchers across the United States who show creativity and resilience in their investigations into confounding scientific and medical problems. The award includes a grant of up to $110,000 annually for up to five years to help foster breakthrough solutions to these issues.

Hatch was selected for her exploration of the nuclear envelope, a structure that separates the chromatin found in the nucleus from the cytoplasm of the cell, as well as her research regarding the causes and consequences associated with the rupture and repair of this organelle.

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The legacy of a pioneering transplant immunologist

‘So much to be learned’: Dr. John Hansen reflects on the lives he’s saved and the answers still to come

July 11, 2018 | by Susan Keown / Fred Hutch News Service

current headshot of Dr. John Hansen in his office with books in the background

Dr. John Hansen has made major contributions to the development of bone marrow transplantation, which has now offered the chance for a cure to over a million people worldwide.

Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch

A man in Japan rubs the inside of his cheek with a swab to collect some of his cells. He’s sending them off to enter a database of people willing to donate their blood stem cells to strangers in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.

At the same time, a doctor in Germany logs in to a web portal. She carefully enters information about one of her patients, a man with advanced leukemia. Then, she hits search. A few seconds later, the system lets her know about a thousand people around the world who could be suitable matches for her patient. Will one of them be the bone marrow donor who saves his life?

On the other side of the planet, a cloud of liquid nitrogen vapor spills from a silver tank in Seattle. A rubber-gauntleted technician draws out a frost-encrusted metal rack, full of vials of decades-old blood cells suspended at 192 degrees below zero. A scientist will be applying new genomic technologies to analyze these old samples and crack open clues to better cancer therapies.

And 200 feet away from her — across a road, through some doors and up a set of stairs into a quiet office overlooking a tree-filled courtyard — sits a man who played an outsized role in making all these things possible. 

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Acupuncture can curb treatment-related joint pain in breast cancer patients

Large, randomized trial shows integrative approach relieves common side effect of estrogen-suppressing drug

July 10, 2018 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Acupuncture illustration

(Editor's note: This story, which originally ran Dec. 7, 2017, has been edited to reflect the study's publication today in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association.)

Early-stage breast cancer patients dealing with painful side effects from powerful estrogen-squelching drugs known as aromatase inhibitors got good news today from a team of researchers who led a large and rigorous acupuncture study.

It’s now been scientifically proven that acupuncture relieves joint pain for these patients.

The results, first shared at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and published today in JAMA, came from a blinded randomized multicenter trial conducted by, came from a blinded, randomized, multicenter trial conducted by SWOG, a global network of researchers that designs and conducts cancer clinical trials. It is the latest in a series of studies to give breast cancer patients better tools — pharmaceutical and otherwise — to combat the debilitating joint and muscle pain commonly associated with aromatase inhibitors, or AIs.

Dr. Dawn Hershman of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University and lead author of the trial said AI joint pain is “probably the most commonly cited reason breast cancer patients stop taking AI medication.” This trial, she said, provides “a solution that doesn’t include opioids or drugs that can be addictive or have serious side effects.”

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Dr. Jen Adair honored for STEM workshop

Boys & Girls Clubs honors board president for middle school ‘Gene Therapist for a Day,’ leadership

July 5, 2018 | By Sabrina Richards / Fred Hutch News Service

Dr. Jen Adair and Boys & Girls Clubs members

Dr. Jen Adair speaks with kids participating in her 'Gene Therapist for a Day' workshop through the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County

Photo courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County

Gene and stem cell therapy researcher Dr. Jen Adair recently received the 2018 Board President of the Year Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. Adair was honored in part for her role in creating and hosting a Gene Therapist for a Day workshop for elementary- and middle school–aged Boys & Girls Club members. The yearly workshop supports the Club’s mission to support young people, particularly those most in need, in becoming productive citizens by introducing them to research firsthand.

“I have a really strong interest in increasing the diversity in science,” Adair said. “There’s an exponential amount of brain power that could be so helpful to solving some of our biggest problems, but [the scientific establishment] consistently fails to recognize that we might have to make accommodations that we’re not used to, to get those voices to the table.”

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