SCOR is the Society's most ambitious research program and one of the largest coordinated efforts to combat leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin's disease with funding that rivals federal support for blood cancers. Through SCOR grants, teams of researchers representing different disciplines focus on improving the treatment and diagnosis of blood cancers.
The research initiative, conducted by Dr. Bernstein and a team of internationally recognized researchers, is aimed at developing less toxic and more effective immune-based therapies for treating advanced leukemia and lymphoma. The researchers will attempt to harness immune cells and antibodies to selectively kill cancerous cells. In addition to Dr. Bernstein, who pioneered monoclonal antibody therapy for leukemia as well as the development, with Wyeth-Ayerst, of a monoclonal drug conjugate known as Mylotarg, the research team includes scientists from Fred Hutchinson and the University of Washington Academic Medical Center: Dr. Rainer Storb, head of transplantation biology at Fred Hutchinson and pioneer of non-myeloablative stem-cell transplantation (mini transplants) also one of the researchers who developed bone-marrow transplantation. Drs. Philip Greenberg, head of immunology at Fred Hutchinson, and Stanley Riddell, discoverers of a technique known as Rapid Expansion Method (REM), the technology used to expand antigen-specific T cells for use in adoptive immunotherapy techniques. Dr. Oliver Press, int
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center