From a new anti-CRISPR to Obliteride to a trip to Uganda, it was a busy summer for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Here’s a look at some of the exciting science and events that filled our sunny months.
The summer started in Kampala, Uganda, where Fred Hutch President and Director Dr. Gary Gilliland traveled to the UCI-Fred Hutch Cancer Centre, which is jointly operated by the Uganda Cancer Institute and Fred Hutch’s Global Oncology program. There, he met up with Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the two discussed the link between HIV/AIDS and cancer. In sub-Saharan Africa, 33% of all cancers are caused by infectious agents, and HIV can make a person more prone to infection by other viruses that can lead to cancers.
On July 7, an event at the Seattle Mariners’ T-Mobile Park celebrated what would have been the 100th birthday of our namesake, Fred Hutchinson, the professional baseball player and manager — and Seattle hero — who died of cancer in 1964. After his brother’s death, Seattle surgeon Bill Hutchinson created Fred Hutch as a promise to keep Fred’s legacy alive and to end cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death.
Our donors had a packed summer as well.
In September, one got a chance to meet Mariners star outfielder Mitch Haniger.
A record number of participants registered to ride, walk and run for science in the seventh Obliteride fundraiser, raising more than $2.5 million despite an unusual early morning downpour at the start of the Aug. 7 event.
Back on campus there was plenty of work going on, with interns ranging from high-schoolers to graduate students joining our teams in both scientific and nonscientific roles to learn from our experts.
We increased our understanding of cancer and other diseases, sharing our findings in papers and at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago as well as other key conferences. Here are just some of the discoveries we shared over the last few months.
Our lung cancer research was accelerated by the launch of a new Specialized Program of Research Excellence in Lung Cancer supported by a $13 million grant from the National Cancer Institute.
And we celebrated the good news of numerous awards, honors and grants for our researchers that will further our efforts to find cures for cancer, HIV and other diseases.
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