Field Notes, Update

She heals and dragon boats, global health grows in South Lake Union, and Paraguay scores big

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To teach, to heal, and to sparkle

A teacher, a doctor, and a princess—Julie Gralow dreamed of being one of these when she grew up, and she’s pretty much become all three. As an oncologist working with UWSeattle Children’s, and Fred Hutch, Julie was crowned with the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Humanitarian Award for improving life for breast cancer patients.

It’s a cause she goes the extra mile for, founding two international nonprofits, making groundbreaking research discoveries, and empowering breast cancer survivors through group activities from triathlons to dragon boating.


Global health is growing its footprint in Seattle’s South Lake Union thanks to Fred Hutch. The Hutch signed a ten-year lease with Alexandria Real Estate for the historic Seattle City Light Lake Union Steam Plant. At 100+ years old, the building that originally powered the city will soon be fueling cancer research breakthroughs.

They shoot, they score

Even without making it to the World Cup, Paraguay is still scoring big. The country received some well-deserved buzz this week when WHO certified it as a malaria-free nation. It’s been 45 years since a country in the Americas was declared malaria free, and WHO also reports that 21 more countries around the world are on track to eliminate malaria by 2020.

The cure

It’s Friday, and we’re in love with Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s (SCRI) new collaboration. SCRI is the founding member of CureWorks, a new collaboration with Children’s Hospitals in British Columbia, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. By combining strengths, CureWorks can help more kids, taking hope and treatment for childhood cancer from coast to coast.

Seatown to Beantown

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is building a nonprofit biotech offspring headquartered in Boston, MA. The Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute (MRI) will take on drug development to better treat malaria, TB, and diarrheal diseases. MRI is bridging private-sector strengths and public-sector problems with a return on investment that’s focused on lives saved.

Tableau adds to that Seattle-to-Boston bridge by acquiring Empirical Systems, an artificial intelligence startup that originated at MIT. Together, these forces are simplifying statistical analysis and making your data insights easier to understand (yes, please).


What was the question?

We don’t have all the answers, but you could have three (funded) years to find some. Washington Research Foundation (WRF) is looking for ten ambitious, creative scientists to work on the answers to big questions in life sciences and technology.

Do you have a bold proposal that addresses a major public need? WRF supports fellows for three years at Washington state’s finest research institutions so that you can dig into life’s big questions. Apply today to be part of WRF’s second postdoc cohort.

Sharpen your pencil

200+               Washington entities working in global health
13,000+          People who wake up and go to work in global health in Washington
150+               Countries Washington organizations are working in
6 billion          Dollars in direct economic impact on Washington’s economy

WGHA captured these statistics in its triennial Landscape Study in 2015, and it’s time to refresh the data. If your Washington-based organization works in global health, this survey will be hitting your desk soon. Please do not fold, spindle, or mutilate.

Storytellers and C-suite dwellers

VillageReach welcomes its new senior communications manager, Katlen Tillman, who comes from the for-profit sector and shares her take on finding her vocationGlobal to Local also welcomes a new communications specialist, Denise Miller, who brings international nonprofit advocacy expertise.

And Fred Hutch announced its new vice president and chief financial officer, David H. Browdy. David comes from the University of Utah’s Health Sciences and “checks all the boxes,” according to Hutch chief operating officer Steve Stadum.

Who you gonna call?

It’s internship season. How are you channeling that bright-eyed enthusiasm? WGHA is here to help. We’re coordinating intern events such as an overview of Washington’s global health sector, a resume-writing workshop, and a Gates Foundation Discovery Center tour. To get your interns in on the action or to share program ideas, contact Tina Vlasaty and check our events calendar.

P.S. Haven’t snagged your ticket to see global health rock star Carrie Hessler-Radelet at our Field Notes Live event yet? Be one of the first five readers to email Tiffany Cain and get your seat today!

Washington Research Foundation supports research and scholarship in Washington State, with a focus on life sciences and enabling technologies.


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