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Local Researcher Recipient of Burroughs Wellcome Fund Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research

Attached is press release issued today by Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) announcing the 10 recipients for the Clinical Scientist Awards in Translational Research. According to BWF, the awards are intended to foster the development and productivity of midcareer physician-scientists who will strengthen translational research, the two-way transfer between basic research and the treatment of patients.

Dr. Julie McElrath, an associate member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington, is one of the 10 recipients. The award will support her efforts in understanding the cellular immune response to HIV.

For the last seven years Dr.McElrath's research has focused on T cells, the body's primary defense mechanism against viruses. She has found that the cytotoxic T cells in people are major contributors to the control of HIV-1 infection and may play a role in suppressing infection in persons exposed to HIV-1. Dr. McElrath directs the AIDS Vaccine Unit, a joint project of the Hutchinson Center and the University of Washington.

The award will provide Dr. McElrath support to explore new avenues of HIV research into understanding how to protect against HIV-1 infection. The funds afford increased flexibility in pursuing pilot projects. It will also foster training of young physician scientists who are initiating careers in laboratory-based clinical research.

Dr. McElrath is available for interviews. To schedule an interview, please contact Susan Edmonds at (206) 667-2896.

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The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is an independent, nonprofit research institution dedicated to the development and advancement of biomedical technology to eliminate cancer and other potentially fatal diseases. Recognized internationally for its pioneering work in bone-marrow transplantation, the Center's four scientific divisions collaborate to form a unique environment for conducting basic and applied science. The Hutchinson Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Pacific Northwest. For more information, visit the Center's Web site at <www.fhcrc.org>.

TO: Medical/Science Desk
FROM: Susan Edmonds
(206) 667-2896

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