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February 2023


Current Funding Opportunities
  • Cancer Consortium Pilot Awards: Funding is available to support cancer-related pilot projects. This competition will provide awards of up $100,000 in direct costs with F&A at the appropriate institutional rate.
    • Cancer Consortium members (with some restrictions) are eligible to apply. 
    • Applications will be submitted online using InfoReady.
    • Applications are due Monday, February 27th, at 5pm Pacific.
    • For more information, including instructions on how to apply, please review the RFA on the "Funding Opportunities" page of the Consortium website. 
  • Catchment Area Health Pilot Awards: Funding is available to support new cancer-related pilot projects or research directions focused on the Consortium's catchment area, which now includes the entire state of Washington. 
    • Cancer Consortium members (with some restrictions) are eligible to apply. 
    • Applications and letters of support should be submitted as one file in an email to the Office of Community Outreach & Engagement
    • Applications are due Tuesday, February 28th, 5pm Pacific.
    • For more information, including a copy of the application and instructions on how to apply, please review the RFA on the "Funding Opportunities" page of the Consortium website. 
  • "Cush It To the Limit" Fund: Monies are available to fund innovative hematology research. The “Cush It to the Limit” fund honors the memory of Ben Cushing, a patient of Andrei Shustov MD with hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma. Initially these funds were directed to studies of the pathogenesis of T-cell lymphomas and closely related malignancies, but now, with input from the donors, we have broadened the scope of research that qualifies for support. New topics include studies of rare blood cancers or rare blood cancer subtypes, T cell activation or transformation, JAK-STAT signaling, or the pathological effects of chromosome 7 abnormalities, as these are common in hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma, and hematological malignancy in young adults. 
    • If interested in applying for research support, please send a proposal and budget (a total of 2 pages maximum) to Andrea Gray. Applications are due Wednesday, March 15th. We will also consider unusually timely pilot projects at any time. 
    • Proposals deemed in scope will be reviewed for scientific merit and evaluated for feasibility by a committee consisting of Drs. Edus (Hootie) Warren, Stephen Smith, Andrei Shustov, and Jan Abkowitz. Typically, projects should be of one year in duration and a brief report of accomplishments will be required at that time. Both smaller and larger (up to $100K total cost) research projects are acceptable.
    • The PI must be a faculty member and the project should predominantly cover research (not PI or co-I salary) expenses. With a written request, an extension is feasible. Basic and translational projects are preferred.
  • Community Grants Program: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is inviting applications from the community for up to $15,000 for innovative projects to address and improve multiple social determinants of health among underrepresented communities in Washington State, including but not limited to racial, ethnic, physical and mental ability, gender, sexual identity, geographic location, income, and education inequities.
    • Applications due Tuesday, February 28th. Additional details, including an RFA with instructions on how to apply, can be found here. 
Shared Resources Access for non-Fred Hutch Consortium Members
As a reminder, the Cancer Consortium Administrative team only supports Fred Hutch non-employee access for Consortium leadership. If you require non-employee access due to an ongoing scientific collaboration with a Fred Hutch faculty member, please coordinate directly with that faculty member. If you are interested in utilizing Shared Resources, please contact the appropriate Shared Resource for information regarding services and scheduling. If you are attending an on-campus event and have questions about guest access, please coordinate with the event host.

Clinical Chemistry Call for Papers
Clinical Chemistry is pleased to announce an upcoming special issue, "Cancer: Biology & Diagnostics." Potential topics of interest include:
  • Novel biomarkers in cancer screening
  • Biology and/or mechanisms of preneoplasia
  • Applications of machine learning in the screening or diagnosis of cancer
  • Dynamics of circulating tumor DNA, circulating tumor cells, and/or extracellular vesicles (exosomes) during cancer therapy
  • Biology and clinical implications of liquid biopsy analysis in monitoring minimal residual disease
  • Emerging laboratory technologies for cancer diagnosis
  • Clinical applications of cancer genomics
  • Novel insights into cancer from long-read sequencing
  • Applications of wearable or implantable analytical devices in cancer management
Please submit manuscripts to by June 1, 2023.
CCSG Updates
Preparations for the next Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) Competing Renewal are well underway. Here's a brief overview of what the Consortium Administration Team and Consortium Leadership are working on:
  • Drafting narratives for all Consortium Research Programs, Shared Resources, and Components
  • Collecting, compiling, and sorting data on Consortium membership, including funding, clinical trials, and program rosters
  • Preparing for the 2023 External Advisory Board (EAB) Meeting, where we'll receive feedback that will guide our preparations moving forward
Our Timeline
Below are a few important dates in the renewal cycle to be aware of:
  • June-July 2023 (exact date TBD): Consortium EAB Meeting
  • January 2024: Grant is submitted to the NCI
  • Late spring-early summer 2024: NCI Site Visit
New Awards, Honors, and External Activities Tracking For Consortium Members
For CCSG reporting purposes, the Consortium Administration Team will be tracking Consortium members' significant accomplishments and activities. Below are examples of the information we're collecting:
  • awards
  • membership/service on national committees
  • large grants
  • any activities or work that have resulted in significant changes to cancer research policies or paradigms OR that have had far-reaching impacts for cancer health equity
If any of your activities from the last grant period (2019-present) fall into the above categories, please use the form below to submit them. Thank you!
Use This Form to Report Activities

Please Complete the Consortium Demographics Survey
If you are a Consortium member who has not already completed the demographic survey prepared by Dr. Chris Li and the OFAD, please do so at your earliest convenience. The data collected from this survey will be included in the CCSG and will also be used to inform diversity and inclusion initiatives for the future
Click Here To Complete the Survey
  • February 27-28, 2023: UW Medical Data Science Symposium
    The UW Medical Data Science Symposium will bring together those studying artificial intelligence and data science in medicine and digital health for a day and a half of presentations from local and national leaders.

    For more information or registration instructions
    , click here
  • March 24 & April 6, 2023: Community-Based Participatory Research Virtual Workshop
    The FHCC-NMSU U54 collaboration has developed a free virtual Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Workshop on March 24th and April 6th. This workshop is led and facilitated by leaders in this field.
    This introductory workshop is open to all students, postdocs, staff and faculty interested in learning more about community-engaged research practices. One goal is to prepare participants for intermediate-level training. Scientists in all life science research fields (e.g., basic science, public health science, and clinical research) are welcome and encouraged to attend.
    To register,
    click here

  • April 5, 2023, 2:00-3:00pm: PAM Seminar featuring Daniel J. Slade
    This seminar will feature Daniel Slade, PhD, an Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in the Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Tech.

    The seminar will be held in Pelton Auditorium (Fred Hutch Campus), and will also be streamed via Zoom.

  • May 1, 2023: Pathways to Equity Symposium 
    Save the date for this annual symposium, which highlights collaborations between the communities in our catchment area, Consortium faculty, and the Office of Community Outreach & Engagement. More details coming soon!

  • May 9, 2023: Joint Retreat for the PAM IRC and Microbiome Research Initiative 
    The 2023 PAM IRC and Microbiome Research Initiative Joint Retreat will take place in the O’Mack Suites of the Steam Plant (Fred Hutch Campus). Please save the date on your calendars and look for more details to come soon. More information can be found on
    this CenterNet page.
    (*Note that accessing CenterNet requires Fred Hutch credentials.)

  • May 12, 2023, 10:00am-3:00pm: Cancer Consortium Survivorship Program Research Symposium: Cardiometabolic Complications After Cancer
    This symposium will feature a keynote presentation by Bonnie Ky, MD, MSCE, from the University of Pennsylvania. The event will be held in-person in the Behnke Suites, Arnold Building (Fred Hutch Campus).

    Additional details, including a pilot fund RFA, symposium agenda, and registration instructions will be forthcoming later this month. 

    Questions? Please contact Emily Artim (
  • May 19, 2023: Dr. Eli Estey Symposium
    AML pathologists and therapy: a scientific symposium in honor of Dr. Eli Estey at Fred Hutch Cancer Center.

    Featured Presenters:
    • Jorge Cortes, MD (Georgia Cancer Center)
    • John DiPersio, MD, PhD (Washington University School of Medicine)
    • Sergei Doulatov, PhD (University of Washington)
    • Benjamin Ebert, MD, PhD (Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University)
    • Christopher Hourigan, DM, DPhil. (NHLBI, National Institutes of Health)
    • Mary-Beth Percival, MD (University of Washington & Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center)
    • David Scadden, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University)
    • Charles Schiffer, MD (Wayne State University)

      For questions or more information please email Mona Deprey
      ( or click here. Attendees can register using this link

  • [Ongoing] Translational Data Science (TDS) Integrated Research Center (IRC) Seminar Series
    Upcoming Speakers:
    • March 2, 11:00am: Peter Kharchenko, PhD (Gilbert S. Omenn Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School) [Zoom link here]
    • April 6, 11:00am: TBD
    • May 4, 11:00am: Stephanie Hicks, PhD (Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) [Zoom link here]
    • June 1, 11:00am: TBD
  • [Ongoing] Steam Plant Seminar Series
    The postdocs in the Steam Plant have organized a seminar series for trainees and invite all IIRC members and their lab members to attend. 

    Upcoming Speakers:
    • February 8, 4:00pm: Shashi Ravishankar (Staff Scientist, Warren Lab) [O'Mack Symposium Suite, Steam Plant Building, Fred Hutch Campus]
    • February 15, 4:00pm: Qing Yang (Postdoc, Blanco-Melo Lab) [O'Mack Symposium Suite, Steam Plant Building, Fred Hutch Campus]

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The following interinstitutional Cancer Consortium collaborations were included in recent editions of the Science Spotlight:


Keeping OnCore Updated
As the Cancer Consortium prepares to submit the competing renewal of our Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG), it is important for study teams to ensure their research is appropriately updated in the OnCore CTMS. The protocol and accrual data from OnCore are used by leaders across the Consortium to describe the scientific impact that the Consortium has made in the current grant cycle (since FY2018). Please take the time to ensure your protocols are entered into OnCore with the current recruitment statuses and participant information, including demographics that demonstrate the breadth of Consortium research among underrepresented populations.
Thank you for ensuring timely data entry throughout the fiscal year and for your continued support of our NCI comprehensive cancer center.

New Staff
OCOE is excited to welcome Selisha “Snowy” Johnson, MPH as the new Community Health Educator for Indigenous Populations. Snowy grew up on the Crow reservation in eastern Montana and is also affiliated with the Bitterroot Salish and Blackfoot tribes in Montana and Canada. For Snowy, her tribal communities and experiences living on the reservation have motivated her work and academic career in public health. Most recently, she received her MPH from the University of Washington School of Public Health. Since her time in graduate school, Snowy has had new experiences in research and is interested in the role of data for supporting Indigenous communities. Previously, Snowy has experience in health promotion and outreach activities at the All Nations Health Center in Missoula, Montana and with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Snowy is dedicated to continuously learning and advocating for ways to incorporate cultural strengths and perspectives into her work.

Fun Fact: Snowy enjoys playing volleyball and tennis and is always looking for people to play with or leagues to join!

Listen to the OCOE's Podcast
The OCOE's podcast, “Cancer Health Equity NOW,” is in for Season 3!  Click here to catch up on recent episodes and listen to past ones.


Introducing the New Fred Hutch Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Interactive FAQ
Do you have questions about how to use the Hutch IACUC protocol system? Introducing the new Hutch IACUC interactive FAQ! Answers to our most frequently asked questions are now available in an easy-to-use interactive format (click here). Topics include: 
  • management of Primary Contact and PI Proxy designations, 
  • how to find and remove archived procedures and replace them with active versions, 
  • how to make edits to procedures, 
  • solutions to common error messages, and 
  • how to respond to reviewer notes. 

In addition to the Hutch IACUC FAQ, the IACUC team is available to answer questions and provide training sessions that are tailored to your needs. Contact for assistance. If your question is related to a specific protocol submission, you can also email your assigned IACUC Coordinator (displayed at the top of the submission workspace in Hutch IACUC). Regulatory Veterinarian Ashlee Langford is also always happy to answer questions or point you in the right direction.

New! Centralized Shared Resources Training Materials
Are you looking for training information for the various Shared Resources?  We have centralized the training information into one extranet site for easy access. Please visit Shared Resources Training Materials for details. Contact with any questions.

You knew we were smart and classy and witty, but did you know we're also cultured and worldly and talented? 

What we're currently reading/watching/listening to:
  • "Itzbin Reel" by John Reischman
  • "Chinquapin Hunting" by Mark Johnson and Emory Lester
  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  • The Seven Wives of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The White Lotus
  • The Mandalorian
  • When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  • The Midnight Club
  • Black Lady Sketch Show
  • Ted Lasso
  • Smartless Podcast
  • The Junie B. Jones Book Series (*with my first grade daughter)

Our favorite book/movies/TV shows of all time:
  • Kris: The Wizard of Oz
  • Raya: My favorite TV show of all time is Firefly, and some of my favorite books include Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, and Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer. I don't know that I could pick a favorite movie, but Good Will Hunting is definitely up there.
  • Anissa: The X-Files
  • Alison: Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins and Scrubs
  • Wendy: The Princess Bride (both as a book, a movie, and now a YouTube remake during the pandemic)
  • Heidi: The Art of Fielding (my brother is the author so I'm totally biased)

Our favorite ways to unwind after a long work day:
  • Kris: Beer hour
  • Raya: One or more of the following: walking Greenlake with my dog, going to spin class, rewatching a favorite show, reading, taking a bubble bath.
  • Anissa: Cocktails / happy hour
  • Alison: Go for a run, have a glass of wine, make a nice dinner
  • Wendy: Hours of volleyball
  • Heidi: I like to cook with my kids

Things we know a lot about (that other people might not expect):
  • Kris: Astronomy.
  • Raya: I've always been really fascinated by Tudor-era England and know a lot of random things about Henry VIII's reign. I also have my Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies, so I know a fair amount about 15th-16th century Spanish literature.
  • Anissa: BTS.
  • Alison: Cryptids (yes, like Bigfoot). 
  • Wendy: Marvel comics (before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a thing).
  • Heidi: I used to be a really good knitter.

Hobbies that we've been meaning to start:
  • Kris: I really want to learn how to play guitar or fiddle.
  • Raya: I danced growing up but haven't taken a dance class in years. At the beginning of 2020 I was going to go take an adult tap class, but then the pandemic hit and I still haven't gone!
  • Anissa: Have sort of started this, but learning more about cooking/baking.
  • Alison: Sewing! My mom recently gave me one of her old sewing machines and I've been looking forward to teaching myself to start making my own clothes.
  • Wendy: Flying planes.
  • Heidi: I'd love to get back into yoga but never seem to make the time.
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