Helton’s abstract wins ASH award

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Heather Helton, Clinical Research Division fellow, honored by American Society of Hematology for pediatric AML research
Dr. Heather Helton, Clinical Research Division
Dr. Heather Helton, Clinical Research Division Photo by Bo Jungmayer

Dr. Heather Helton, a pediatric oncology fellow in the Clinical Research Division, won a $500 Abstract Achievement Award from the American Society of Hematology. She will present her work as a trainee abstract presenter at the ASH’s annual meeting in Atlanta, Dec. 8-11.

Helton, who works with Fred Hutch’s Dr. Soheil Meshinchi, studies pediatric acute myeloid leukemia. Her research aims to characterize the scope of mutations in a gene, ETV6, in children with AML. Helton and colleagues found patients with ETV6 mutations were more likely to have poor outcomes. She hopes to use the mutations as a marker at diagnosis to predetermine therapies most likely to succeed.

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