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Drs. Davidson and Galloway named to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Scientists join one of the nation's oldest learned societies

April 17, 2019 | By Sabin Russell / Fred Hutch News Service

Drs. Davidson and Galloway

The prestigious Academy of Arts & Sciences has named Drs. Nancy E. Davidson (left) and Denise Galloway as members of the class of 2019.

All photos by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service

Drs. Nancy E. Davidson and Denise Galloway, two of the nation’s leading lights in women’s health research and scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, have been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, joining a class of luminaries this year that includes former First Lady Michelle Obama.

One of the nation’s oldest learned societies, the Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams and John Hancock, among others, to honor accomplished individuals and “to engage them in advancing the public good.” Now in its 239th year, its honorees include Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Robert Frost and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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$12M NIH grant to study rare, aggressive skin cancer

Fred Hutch, UW researchers hope to improve immunotherapies for people with Merkel cell carcinoma

April 16, 2019 | By Jake Siegel / Fred Hutch News Service

Dr. Paul Nghiem

Dr. Paul Nghiem, a skin cancer researcher at UW and Fred Hutch, is the principal investigator of the grant.

Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service

A multidisciplinary team from University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has received a five-year, $12 million grant to study Merkel cell carcinoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. Dr. Paul Nghiem, a skin cancer researcher at UW and Fred Hutch, is the principal investigator of the grant.

Merkel cell carcinoma, or MCC, is much rarer than melanoma, but patients are three times more likely to die from it. And the number of cases in the United States is growing rapidly.

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Dr. Robert Hickman, inventor of the Hickman catheter, dies at 92

Lifesaving device was ‘a gift to the world,’ former colleagues say

April 10, 2019 | By Fred Hutch News Service staff

Dr. Robert Hickman

Photo courtesy of Fred Hutch Arnold Library

Dr. Robert O. Hickman, a pediatric nephrologist and inventor of a catheter that revolutionized care for cancer patients, died on April 4. He was 92.

In the 1970s, Hickman was a founding member of the transplant team at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center that pioneered the Nobel-Prize winning treatment. His contribution to that effort: The lifesaving device that bears his name and is still used worldwide to deliver IV nutrition, draw blood and deliver chemotherapy.

The Hickman catheter “was a gift to the world,” said Dr. Fred Appelbaum, executive vice president and deputy director of Fred Hutch, who worked with Hickman.

“People make contributions in lots of ways,” he said. “Some have deep scientific insights that uncover DNA or how viruses work. Bob’s contribution, from a scientific standpoint, was relatively simple. But his invention saved more suffering, anxiety and pain than almost anyone I can imagine.”

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