In the early days of bone marrow transplantation, Dr. Meyers was among the first to study infectious diseases that affect transplant recipients and other individuals with compromised immune systems. He was committed to eliminating the life-threatening infections that afflicted his patients. His work led to improved survival rates for transplant patients, through important advances in the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases including the herpesvirus cytomegalovirus (CMV). Dr. Meyers was also renowned as a devoted mentor for young physician-scientists.
Since his passing in 1991, the scholarship founded in his honor has helped create leaders in the field by supporting promising, early-career scientists as they gain more expertise in order to advance scientific knowledge and develop innovative strategies to prevent, treat and control infections. The Joel Meyers Endowment Scholarship fosters rigorous, interdisciplinary, innovative and collaborative training and research in the transplant setting and in other known and emerging areas of immunosuppression.
The scholarship provides a critical link in the chain of trainee support and a platform for successfully initiating independent careers, directly ensuring the impactful, life-saving work of our trainees. Past recipients have established independent careers in the United States and around the world, advancing the field through prestigious positions at universities, medical centers, public research institutions and in industry.
Outside support is the backbone of the Joel Meyers Endowment Scholarship. Donations are our most important resource for advancing the field and training the next generation of scientists who will contribute to it for years to come. Scholarship recipients study aspects of infectious diseases that affect immunocompromised patients, including epidemiology, risk, diagnosis, pathogenesis and disease burden. These are all critical areas of research for improving detection and treatment for these serious illnesses. It is thanks to generous contributions that we are able to create leaders who are poised to make the bold discoveries that will ultimately improve the lives of countless patients and their families.
Dr. Joel Meyers founded the Infectious Disease Sciences Program at Fred Hutch as an integral part of the bone marrow transplantation group established by E. Donnall Thomas more than four decades ago. A pioneer in the study of infectious diseases that affect transplant patients and others with compromised immune systems, Dr. Meyers sought ways to eliminate infection-related deaths in these patients. His work increased survival rates for transplant patients by improving treatment and prevention of infectious diseases including cytomegalovirus (CMV); his critical contributions included writing the first chapters on CMV epidemiology in the hematopoietic cell transplant population and establishing the critical role of viremia in the pathogenesis of CMV disease. An international leader in his field, Dr. Meyers worked tirelessly to develop and share critical advances that continue to save the lives of patients worldwide.
Dr. Boonyaratanakornkit is a research associate in the Infectious Disease Sciences Program in Fred Hutch’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division and a senior fellow and acting instructor in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the University of Washington. He studies the epidemiology and immunology of respiratory viral infections. His research is focused on developing diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics against respiratory viruses
Dr. Ogimi is a research associate in the Infectious Disease Sciences Program in Fred Hutch’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division and acting instructor in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease at the Seattle Children’s Hospital/University of Washington. His research is focused on the impact of respiratory viral infections on clinical outcomes, as well as the interaction between respiratory viral infections and antibiotic use in transplant recipients.
Dr. Golob is an assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan and an affiliate investigator in the Infectious Disease Sciences Program in Fred Hutch's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division. His research is focused on how the human microbiome is affected by treatments in immunocompromised patients, and in turn, how the microbiome can affect patient outcomes.
Dr. Hill is an assistant member in the Infectious Disease Sciences Program in Fred Hutch's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, and assistant professor in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the University of Washington. He specializes in epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of viral infections in immunocompromised patients.
Dr. Fisher is an assistant professor in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Disease's Solid Organ Transplant ID program at the University of Washington and an affiliate investigator in the Infectious Disease Sciences Program in Fred Hutch's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division. Her research is focused on invasive fungal infections and respiratory viral infections in cancer patients and transplant recipients.