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Yee receives fellowship from Runyon-Winchell foundation

June 7, 2001

Dr. Cassian Yee, an investigator in the Clinical Research Division, is the recipient of a Cancer Research Fund/Lilly Clinical Investigator Award from the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Foundation.

The five-year grant of almost $1 million will provide salary and research funds for studies on adoptive T-cell therapy of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.

T-cell therapy is a technique that involves transfusing a patient with immune cells - T-lymphocytes - that can recognize a protein marker produced by tumor cells.

Yee's research, in collaboration with Drs. Phil Greenberg and Stanley Riddell, focuses on several tumor markers, including one known as MART-1, produced by melanoma cells. Preliminary studies have shown that T-cells specific for MART-1 can target and destroy melanoma cells.

The Damon Runyon-Walther Winchell Foundation provides funds for outstanding young investigators in cancer research. Dr. Hootie Warren, also of the Clinical Research Division, received the same award last year.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is a world leader in research to prevent, detect and treat cancer and other life-threatening diseases.