AAAS Annual Meeting 2020

American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Annual Meeting

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Experts from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will present research findings at the 186th annual meeting of the world's largest multidisciplinary science society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This year's theme is “Envisioning Tomorrow’s Earth.”

Thousands of scientists, educators, policymakers, journalists and others are expected to attend the meeting this year.

As part of AAAS newsroom activities, Fred Hutch will host a press breakfast. The event is open to AAAS newsroom registrants only.

Thursday-Sunday, February 13-16, 2020
Washington State Convention Center

705 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

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Join Us at Our AAAS Press Breakfast

Friday, Feb. 14, 2020
7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Washington State Convention Center, Level 2, Room 2AB

"Future of Medicine: Body, Heal Thyself"

Does the future of medicine hinge on rigging the body to cure itself? Find out how Fred Hutch scientists are reengineering cells to fight HIV, cancer and other diseases. The team that harnessed the immune system to cure previously uncurable cancers will give the latest on new technology, approaches and scientific understanding that’s allowing medical advances that were inconceivable just 5 years ago. You’ll walk away understanding how technology is helping us harness the immune system to revolutionize how diseases are treated, and what everyone needs to know about how to best make next-generation cures accessible to all.


Featured Speakers

Jeanne Chowning, Ph.D.
Sr. Director, Science Education

Jennifer Adair, Ph.D.
Assistant Member, Clinical Research Division
Fleischauer Family Endowed Chair in Gene Therapy Translation

Raphael Gottardo, Ph.D.
Scientific Director, Translational Data Science Integrated Research Center
Member, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division
J. Orin Edson Foundation Endowed Chair

Veena Shankaran, M.D.
Co-Director, Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR)
Associate Member, Public Health Sciences Division

Read our media advisory on the AAAS Press Breakfast

Fred Hutch Highlights at AAAS

Coronavirus: Contextualizing Modern Responses to Pandemics

Friday, Feb. 14, 8–9:30 a.m. PT

Trevor Bedford, an evolutionary biologist at Fred Hutch, will give an update on his real-time tracking of the novel coronavirus, including how the virus is evolving and passing from person to person. The scientific session will be livestreamed and recorded – links will be posted when they’re available. Bedford will also participate in a related news briefing on Thursday, Feb. 13, 11 am – noon PT.

2019 AAAS Fellow: Dr. Harmit Malik

Saturday, Feb. 15

Fred Hutch's Dr. Harmit Malik has been elected as a AAAS fellow this year, and will be inducted during the AAAS Fellows Forum (invitation only) on Saturday, Feb. 15. Malik is being recognized for his research on how interplay between viruses and their hosts drives evolution of antiviral genes. Malik is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.

AAAS Family Science Days

Feb. 15-16
Sheraton Grand Hotel

Fred Hutch’s Science Education Partnership, led by Dr. Jeanne Chowning, will have a hands-on exhibit featuring pipettes used to measure small amount of DNA, which is important for cancer diagnosis and treatment. The free public science event will be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and is geared for K-12 youths and their families.

Human Development and Innovation

Sunday, Feb. 16, 1:30-2:20 p.m.

This group of 10 minute flash talks describes societal health goals, the effects of plasticizers on embryo development, gene-related approaches to treating disease, and the use of iodide to cope with trauma. 

Iodide: A Primordial Antiperoxidant for Treating Trauma [Read full summary
Dr. Mark Roth

Gene Editing Goes Global [Read full summary]
Dr. Jennifer Adair

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Media Coverage

A welcome, timely gathering of scientists in Seattle
The Seattle Times | Feb. 3, 2020

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