Science Says

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Fred Hutch experts share how to stay healthy (and safe) this holiday season

Join us on Thursday, November 19 for Science Says, our virtual researcher roundtable, for evidence-based strategies to stay healthy (and safe) during this unusual holiday season. Dr. Thomas J. Lynch Jr., Fred Hutch president and director and Raisbeck Endowed Chairholder, will lead a conversation with three top researchers: Dr. Steve Pergam, an infectious disease expert and medical director of infection control at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; Dr. Parth Shah, a behavioral scientists, pharmacist and policy expert; and Dr. Karen Syrjala, a clinical psychologist and co-director of our Survivorship Program.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 18. After you register, you will receive instructions for how to join the conversation by computer, tablet, or phone.

Thursday, November 19, 2020
Start Time:
9 a.m. PST
Speaker or Presenter:
Dr. Lynch will lead a discussion with a panel of researchers.

Topics and Details

  • How we're re-engineering the immune system to fight cancer
  • Lifestyle and diet, and how they affect cancer survival
  • The link between the microbiome and cancer
  • The role of the corner drugstore in prevention and treatments

Dr. Thomas J. Lynch Jr., Fred Hutch president and director and holder of the Raisbeck Endowed Chair, will lead the discussion with the following Hutch experts: 

Dr. Susan Bullman, studies the role of microbes in cancer, particularly a bacterial species called Fusobacterium nucleatum, which is linked to colon cancer. Her research could change the way we treat solid tumors going forward by targeting microbes instead of cancer. 

Dr. Amanda Phipps an epidemiologist, is paving the way to "precision prevention" by discovering how tumor biology and lifestyle factors — such as smoking, sleep, and physical activity — affect cancer incidence, response to treatment, and survival. 

Dr. Stan Riddell is a world leader in developing CAR T-cell therapies, in which patients' immune cells are re-engineered to seek out and destroy their cancers. His lab, based in our new Steam Plant facility, working to create CAR T cells that can target and eradicate more types of cancers, including solid tumors like lung and breast cancers. Dr. Riddell holds the Burke O'Reilly Family Endowed Chair in Immunotherapy.

Dr. Parth Shah is a behavioral scientist and pharmacist who integrates these disciplines to improve health care practice and policy. He studies how pharmacies can be better used to reduce cancer risk in their communities by providing cancer prevention services, such as HPV vaccines for adolescents and colorectal screenings for adults. 

We look forward to an engaging conversation!

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