Basic Science Endowment
At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, our compassion drives us to seek a better future for those with cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. At the heart of our research are the dedicated scientists of the Basic Sciences Division, who are continually pushing the boundaries to gain a fundamental understanding of how biology works. This exploration of life’s basic mechanisms is leading to remarkable discoveries and potentially lifesaving advances.
Private support is crucial to the scientific foundations upon which new strategies to fight cancer and other diseases are built. At the 2011 Hutch Holiday Gala, attendees demonstrated their commitment to the Hutchinson Center’s mission and researchers once again, this time raising more than $6.2 million for a Basic Sciences Endowment, and bringing the lifetime Gala total to more than $81.4 million in the 36-year history of the event.
In this report, we highlight two projects being led by Basic Sciences Division researchers that would not be possible without generous partners like you:
- A breakthrough in understanding the evolutionary conflict between HIV-related viruses and their hosts’ defense systems
- A discovery into protein structure that is paving the way for corrective gene therapy that could cure multiple diseases
Thank you for helping to fund projects such as these and joining the Hutchinson Center in its goal to improve the lives of those who battle cancer and related diseases.