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Dr. Philip Greenberg elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Association of Immunologists

He is among 52 immunologists selected for the AAI 2019 inaugural class of fellows, including 5 Nobel laureates

April 19, 2019 | By Kristen Woodward / Fred Hutch News Service

Dr. Phil Greenberg

Dr. Phil Greenberg

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The American Association of Immunologists has selected Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Dr. Philip Greenberg, a world expert in cancer immunotherapy, as an AAI 2019 Distinguished Fellow. He is among 52 researchers selected for the inaugural class of fellows.

Immunotherapy, an offshoot of Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation, harnesses the body’s immune system to eliminate cancer cells.

Greenberg, head of the Program in Immunology at Fred Hutch, is also a professor of medicine and immunology at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a member of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. He specializes in a form of immunotherapy called T-cell therapy. His early discoveries about how to target diseases with these immune cells have been foundational for this field.

In the lab and the clinic, Greenberg’s team continues to develop new strategies for genetically reprogramming a patient’s T cells to recognize and kill cancers. They are creating new T-cell therapies for patients with acute myeloid leukemia, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer and other malignancies.

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Radiation dose and cancer risk after bone marrow transplant

High-dose radiation, younger age increase risk of developing subsequent cancer, new study finds

April 19, 2019 | By Jake Siegel / Fred Hutch News Service

Photo of a technician reviewing a mammogram

All bone marrow transplant patients — especially those who received high-dose radiation — must be vigilant about following recommendations for cancer screenings such as mammograms, study authors say.

File photo by Rui Vieira / AP

A new study draws a striking link between the intensity of radiation that patients receive before a bone marrow transplant and their risk of developing a new cancer.

Patients who undergo high-dose, total-body irradiation, or TBI, are at highest risk — nearly eight times greater than the general population, researchers found. Patients who receive the increasingly common low-dose TBI have a significantly lower cancer risk — but that risk is still twice as high as that of the general population.

The results stress the importance of lifelong monitoring for all transplant patients, said Dr. Scott Baker, the study’s lead author and director of the Fred Hutch Survivorship Program.

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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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