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Resolve to make a difference in the New Year

Volunteer for a Fred Hutch research study

SEATTLE – Dec. 15, 2014 – Many people start the New Year with well-intentioned resolutions that by mid-January often seem as stale as the gingerbread cookie crumbs hiding under the sofa. Those seeking a little extra incentive to get off the couch and make a difference in 2015 might consider volunteering for a research study at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Several studies are seeking local healthy participants, including one that that is testing the effect of a concentrated cocoa extract and multivitamin supplements on reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Other projects recruiting participants include a study looking at how flaxseed affects the colon and a study evaluating the effectiveness of an online quit-smoking program.

Fred Hutch is also recruiting African American breast cancer survivors and oncology professionals to participate in focus groups to hear about their experiences as they transition from being a cancer patient to everyday life.

In addition to cancer research, Fred Hutch is also is looking for HIV-negative volunteers to participate in HIV vaccine trials.

To learn more about volunteering for Fred Hutch studies that are accepting eligible participants, click here.

At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first National Cancer Institute-funded cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network.

Kristen Woodward