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  Dr. Denise Galloway

Dr. Denise Galloway
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The bold spirit of discovery

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is world-renowned for the excellence of its science and the high caliber of its scientists — and no one makes the case for that better than Dr. Denise Galloway.

In September 2017, the National Cancer Institute took notice, awarding her one of its highest honors, naming her an NCI Outstanding Investigator. Behind that award are decades of dedicated and meticulous research that helped bring about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, the first to prevent infection by the virus that causes nearly all cervical cancer and many head and neck cancers. Today cervical cancer rates are dropping dramatically in populations of young women that have received the HPV vaccine.

With a boost from private supporters like you, her pioneering work on HPV carries on to this day. Her team continues to refine and improve the dosing regimen for the vaccine and conducts basic research into why some infections of HPV can lead to cancer, while others do not. Those studies may lead to more effective treatments for the millions of women and men infected with HPV and therefore at risk for a variety of cancers.

Dr. Galloway's leadership and support for team science at Fred Hutch are legendary. In 2016 she received the Fred Hutch 40th Anniversary Endowed Chair. It was therefore no surprise when this summer she was tapped by President and Director Dr. Gary Gilliland to lead one of his most important new initiatives, a Pathogen-Associated Malignancies Integrated Research Center dedicated to finding ways to prevent and cure cancers caused by bacteria and viruses. Cancers caused by pathogens account for up to 20 percent of all malignancies worldwide. Dr. Galloway is not one to shy away from a challenge, and to take on the task she is empowered to draw upon scientists across Fred Hutch, building a diverse team that pools the best and brightest.

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Climb team on Mt. Rainier, 2017

Climb team on Mt. Rainier, 2017
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Dr. Galloway exemplifies the bold spirit of discovery that runs strong throughout Fred Hutch. It is a drive not unlike that of our valued supporters who climb the highest mountain peaks, testing their skills, their mettle and their adventurous drive. We at Fred Hutch are profoundly grateful for your inspiration and support.