See also our related blog for the Pediatric Preclinical Testing Initiative.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Seattle - Portland Connection

We are grateful to the basic scientist and clinical researchers at the University of Washington, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for meeting with our OSHU team (Suman Malempati, Chris Ryan and I) to discuss areas of synergy between our research programs.  We found strong common interests, particularly in the areas of (1) understanding how medulloblastomas grow and spread, (2) defining the basic biology of the differentiation defect for rhabdomyosarcoma and (3) translating recent studies of adolescent and adult sarcoma biology to clinical trials.  The opportunity to explore immunotherapy for sarcomas is especially strong, too.  We are thankful to the laboratories of Dr. Jim Olson, Dr. Stephen Tapscott, Dr. Michael Jensen and the clinical trials researchers Doug Hawkins, Robin Jones, Eve Rodler - and especially surgeon-scientist Chappie Conrad, for taking the time to explore and initiate these dual city collaborations in the Pacific Northwest.