The “Tipping Point” for Cancer Vaccines: CVI at National Vaccine Advisory Committee Meeting
Cancer Vaccine Institute Blog
by Leila Okahata
1w ago
Dr. Nora Disis, Dr. Kiran Dhillon, and Kristen Dahlgren present at the latest National Vaccine Advisory Committee Meeting. “I hope that we all in this room can envision a future that's cancer-free,” says Cancer Vaccine Institute Executive Director Dr. Kiran Dhillon. “[A future] largely in part to what vaccines can do.”  Cancer Vaccine Institute Founder and Director Dr. Nora Disis and Dr. Kiran Dhillon were speakers at the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) Meeting, organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Joined by Kristen Dahlgren of the Cancer ..read more
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Kuni Foundation Fuels Breakthroughs at Cancer Vaccine Institute with Transformative Grants
Cancer Vaccine Institute Blog
by Leila Okahata
2w ago
The Cancer Vaccine Institute has received funding from the Kuni Foundation to support its research. Photo Credits: Lisa Stromme Warren The Cancer Vaccine Institute is pleased to announce that the Kuni Foundation has funded three grants for our organization as part of their commitment to advancing cancer research. Their generous gifts are elevating critical areas of CVI’s work, including the development of a vaccine for metastatic triple-negative breast cancer, an ovarian cancer prevention vaccine and a breast cancer nanovaccine. Thanks in part to their support, we believe we will have ..read more
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On the Cancer Research Frontier: Jina Taub, Nurse Practitioner
Cancer Vaccine Institute Blog
by Leila Okahata
1M ago
Photo Credits: Kiran Dhillon On the Cancer Research Frontier is a series spotlighting the scientists, doctors, nurses, patients, and philanthropists at the Cancer Vaccine Institute. Join us in meeting the brilliant minds behind our cancer vaccines and immunotherapies as they share their professional journeys and personal stories. “A cancer diagnosis changes everything in your life,” says Jina Taub. “It's difficult to walk down that path, face the unknown, and consider joining a clinical trial. But when I hear patients say ‘I’m here today because of this clinical study, and now I want to he ..read more
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Dr. Disis invited as keynote speaker for ResearcHERS: Women Fighting Cancer
Cancer Vaccine Institute Blog
by Leila Okahata
1M ago
CVI Director Dr. Nora Disis was invited as the keynote speaker for the American Cancer Society 2024 ResearcHERS: Women Fighting Cancer Symposium.  ResearchHERS is a campaign that empowers women by raising funds to sustain women-led cancer research, bolster the careers of women researchers, and support a more robust pipeline of those leaders in cancer research. This year’s event was held on May 21st at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center where attendees heard from some of the greatest minds in the field in Washington, including CVI Founder Dr. Disis. Dr. Disis is an American C ..read more
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Dr. Disis honored ‘Inventor of the Year’ by UW Medicine
Cancer Vaccine Institute Blog
by Leila Okahata
2M ago
Dr. Nora Disis, CVI Director and Founder, was named 2024 UW Medicine Inventor of the Year for her work on cancer vaccines and immune therapies. The award recognizes Dr. Disis’ work in research, product development, and industry partnerships which have major impacts on health. Selection is based on the researcher’s contributions to the biomedical and bioscience sector and the UW faculty community. Dr. Disis is a trailblazer in the development of cancer vaccines. Her work has been translated to over 30 clinical trials and she holds multiple patents in the field of cancer vaccines, therapies ..read more
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Dr. Disis featured in KIRO 7 News broadcast
Cancer Vaccine Institute Blog
by Leila Okahata
2M ago
“We’ve gone from zero to 60 cancer vaccines just in my career,” CVI Director Dr. Nora Disis said to KIRO 7 News. “I do believe that immune therapy and using the immune system to fight cancer is here.” KIRO 7 News, Seattle recently toured our labs at UW Medicine’s Cancer Vaccine Institute and spoke with Dr. Disis on the future of cancer vaccines. CVI is currently running clinical trials for a breast cancer vaccine and expects it to be available within the next 10 years. We are also developing vaccines for lung, ovarian, colon, and prostate cancers. “We [used vaccines to eradicate] infectio ..read more
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Dr. Disis accepts ACS Creative Invention Award in New Orleans
Cancer Vaccine Institute Blog
by Leila Okahata
3M ago
Last Tuesday night, CVI Founder and Director ,,Dr. Nora Disis attended the American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting in New Orleans and received the 2024 ACS Creative Invention Award.  Given to a single inventor who successfully applies chemistry and chemical engineering to contribute to the material prosperity and happiness of people, this award recognizes Dr. Disis’s work in making cancer vaccines a reality. The vaccines are designed to recognize specific proteins found at high levels in cancers and train the immune system to recognize and destroy cancer cells with those ..read more
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'I am also seeking hope as cancer patients and survivors are.' Dr. Dhillon shares promise of cancer vaccines in Seattle radio show
Cancer Vaccine Institute Blog
by Leila Okahata
4M ago
Photo Credits: Lisa Stromme Warren CVI Executive Director Dr. Kiran Dhillon was featured in this week's radio broadcast of The Sound of the Puget Sound and shared the promise of our cancer vaccines. Dr. Dhillon discussed the remarkable results of CVI's cancer vaccines, with clinical trials showing successful and safe interception and prevention of breast cancer 10 years after vaccination. The vaccine trains the immune system to recognize and target cancer, and she estimates that an FDA-approved breast cancer vaccine may come in the next five to eight years. "What I love about this is that it ..read more
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Dr. Cecil’s colon cancer research wins award from American Association for Cancer Research
Cancer Vaccine Institute Blog
by Leila Okahata
4M ago
CVI Principal Scientist ,,Dr. Denise Cecil and her team were announced winners of the Cancer Prevention Research Award for Outstanding Journal Article by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) for their research on activating the immune system against colon cancer.  Holding promise for continued substantive contributions to the cancer field, Dr. Cecil’s team has been working on strategies to harness the immune system to intercept and prevent colon cancer. Colon cancer, or colorectal cancer, is the ,,second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United S ..read more
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Dr. Disis mentioned in Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper
Cancer Vaccine Institute Blog
by Leila Okahata
5M ago
Pink Eraser Project co-founder Kristin Dahlgren visits the CVI lab and meets Dr. Nora Disis. Photo Credits: Kiran Dhillon CVI breast cancer vaccine research was featured in Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper this past weekend. The story by Kristen Dahlgren, former NBC Correspondent and co-founder of the ,,Pink Eraser Project, talks about the project’s plans to accelerate the development of safe, affordable, and life-saving breast cancer vaccines. Backed by brilliant breast cancer doctors and immunology experts, including our own ,,Dr. Nora Disis, the Pink Eraser Project is rallying the nation ..read more
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