In the News
New York Times
Fish’s DNA May Explain How Fins Turned to Feet"
BRI's Director of Molecular Genetics, Chris Amemiya, PhD, leds an international team to analyze the genome sequencing of the coelacanth.
Multiple Sclerosis Discovery Forum
"Resisting Arrest: Regulatory T cells outmatched in active disease"
Insightful look into the exciting multiple sclerosis findings from BRI's researchers Drs. Jane Buckner and Mariko Kita.
Bloomberg News, Jan. 30, 2013
“Rogue Immune Cells Tied to MS Point to New Drug Target”
Scientists at Benaroya Research Institute and Virginia Mason identified a protein called interleukin-6, or IL-6, as a reason for those cells going rogue in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, the most common form of the disease. Jane Buckner, MD, associate director, BRI, was quoted.
BioSpace, Jan. 2, 2013
"Fluidigm Corporation completes c1™ single-cell auto prep system early access program"
BRI's Vivian Gersuk, PhD, comments on this high technology tool that BRI was the first to receive.
Medicon Valley Nordic Life Sciences, November 2012
"Copenhagen hosts international symposium on Autoimmune Diseases"
Jane Buckner, MD, BRI Associate Director discusses current research in autoimmune diseases.
KUOW 94.9 Puget Sound Public Radio, Nov. 27, 2012
“Search For Cause Of High Rates Of MS In Northwest Could Lead To New Treatments”
Immunologist Estelle Bettelli, PhD, Benaroya Research Institute, and Mariko Kita, MD, director, Multiple Sclerosis Center, were featured in this story about new treatment strategies for multiple sclerosis.
KING 5 TV, August 22, 2012
"Doctors studying ways to prevent Type 1 diabetes"
KING 5 TV reported on a diabetes study to prevent Type 1 diabetes and we are participating in this clinical trial. For more information on sites in the Pacific NW please call 1-800-888-4187. For more diabetes research information.
New Day Northwest, Aug. 20, 2012
"The Boeing Classic benefits local organizations"
BRI researcher Jane Buckner, MD, and her patient, Michelle Munro, who was diagnosed with relapsing polychondritis, discuss BRI's latest research for autoimmune diseases and the difficulties in living with these conditions.
Seattle Times, July 23, 2012
“Immune-system transplant approved; new hope for Crohn's patients”
Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center were approved to begin a trial to test whether a bone-marrow transplant from a healthy donor can cure patients with severe Crohn's disease by giving them a new immune system. The Crohn's Allogeneic Transplant Study's investigation team also includes the University of Washington, Seattle Children's and the Benaroya Research Institute.
Puget Sound Business Journal, July 2, 2012
"Benaroya Research Institute promotes Homer Lane Jr. to executive director"
Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) has named Homer Lane Jr. as executive director. He has also been named vice president for research at Virginia Mason Medical Center, in Seattle. Both appointments were effective July 1.
Puget Sound Business Journal, June 28, 2012
“Virginia Mason's Benaroya Research Institute partners with Novo Nordisk”
Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is partnering with Novo Nordisk for a three-year collaboration to accelerate the research process for diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and lupus.
Q13 Fox News, May 21, 2012
Diabetes on the Rise
Srinath Sanda, MD, associate member, Benaroya Research Institute, was interviewed about the increase of diabetes among children.
Nature, May 17, 2012
Perspective: Rethink the immune connection
Carla Greenbaum, MD, director of the Diabetes Research Program at Benaroya Research Institute, authored this article about Type 1 diabetes and the immune system.
Puget Sound Business Journal, May 14, 2012
Jack Benaroya public remembrance fills Seattle's Benaroya Hall
Gerald Nepom, MD, PhD, director, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, was quoted about Jack Benaroya's medical philanthropy in the area of diabetes.
Puget Sound Business Journal, May 11, 2012
Real estate developer, philanthropist Jack Benaroya has died
Jack Benaroya supported BRI and made an impact on medical research.
The Seattle Times, May 11, 2012
Philanthropist and developer Jack Benaroya has died
Mr. Benaroya provided great support to Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.
Journal Science, May 4, 2012
Western U.S. Bioclusters: The Pioneer Spirit
Benaroya Research Institute is highlighted as an autoimmune diseases research center as part of the Seattle biocluster epicenter.
Northwest Cable News, Nov. 14, 2011
Diabetes Awareness Day
Carla Greenbaum, MD, BRI Diabetes Research Program Director is interviewed about the prevalence of diabetes, the need for research and awareness efforts through Diabetes Awareness Day.
KING5.Com Your News, Nov. 14, 2011
Shining a Light on Diabetes Awareness
Benaroya Research Institute and BRI Diabetes Research Program Director, Carla Greenbaum, MD, participated in Diabetes Awareness Day.
KIRO 7 News, Nov. 4, 2011
Illuminations Luncheon and Autoimmune Diseases Research
News anchor Steve Raible emceed the Illuminations Luncheon fundraising event for Benaroya Research Institute and reported about it during the evening news broadcast.
Crosscut, Sept. 28, 2011
“Losing ground in the research race”
Bill Stafford, former president of the Trade Development Alliance, wrote an article on research in Washington state and its importance to the economy. Benaroya Research Institute is included.
KING 5 New Day Northwest, August 22, 2011
"Boeing Classic and Benaroya Research Institute"
BRI Clinical Researcher, James Lord, MD, PhD, and research participant Angelina Clarke discuss Crohn's disease and the latest autoimmune disease research at BRI.
O’Reilly Radar, July 29, 2011
“Report from Open Source convention health track, 2011”
Andy Oram comments on an open source convention he attended. He includes information about a talk given by Charlie Quinn, director, Data Integration Technologies at Benaroya Research Institute.
KING 5 New Day Northwest, July 27, 2011
"Boeing Classic Fashion Show"
New Day Northwest on KING TV discusses Boeing Classic Golf Tournament and beneficiary Benaroya Research Institute along with golf trends and fashion.
The Seattle Times, July 24, 2011
“Kirkland athletes win Seafair Triathlon titles”
This article announced the winners of the Benaroya Research Institute Triathlon.
The Seattle PI, July 23, 2011
"Seafair Triathlon Photos"
Photos taken at the Benaroya Research Institute Triathlon at Seafair
Auburn Report, November 24, 2010
"Auburn Mountainview to Host Benaroya Resarch Institute Type 1 Diabetes Screening"
Auburn Reporter featured a story about Auburn Mountainview High School hosting Benaroya Research Institute for a free Type 1 diabetes TrialNet screening for school district families on Nov. 30.
Puget Sound Business Journal, September 3-9, 2010
"Where syrah meets sand traps -- Grapes on the Green fundraiser collects $265K for scholarships and research"
Puget Sound Business Journal reports on fundraiser for Benaroya Research Institute.
Puget Sound Business Journal, September 7, 2010
"Benaroya Research Institute Gets $11.7M grant"
Puget Sound Business Journal announced Benaroya Research Institute received an $11.7 million federal grant to research lung inflammatory diseases.
A Sweet Life, September 2, 2010
"On the Trail of Autoimmunity: Dr. Jane Buckner"
A SweetLife, a Web site about healthy living with diabetes, posted an article about Jane Buckner, MD, associate member, Benaroya Research Institute.
Puget Sound Business Journal, August 31, 2010
"Benaroya Research Institute gets $2.2M grant"
Puget Sound Business Journal announced Benaroya Research Institute received a $2.2 million federal grant to study autoimmune diseases.
King 5 New Day Northwest, August 25, 2010
"Ongoing research helps to understand MS"
New Day Northwest on KING TV featured BRI Clinical Investigator and VM neurologist Mariko Kita, MD, and patient Tracey Barnes discussing multiple sclerosis.
King 5 New Day Northwest, August 18, 2010
"New developments for diabetes patients"
New Day Northwest on KING TV featured Benaroya Research Institute Director of Diabetes Clinical Research Carla Greenbaum, MD, and the Porcara family, research participants, discussing diabetes research.
King 5 New Day Northwest, August 11, 2010
"New advances for some rheumatic diseases"
New Day Northwest featured BRI Clinical Investigator Stanford Peng, MD, PhD, who is also a rheumatologist at Virginia Mason Medical Center, and Jeffrey Carlin, MD, VM rheumatologist, along with patient Linda Sloate discussing rheumatic diseases and research.
The Seattle Times, July 28, 2010
"At-risk groups urged to get tested for hepatitis B"
In an effort to better understand hepatitis B, a nationwide clinical research trial is under way. Benaroya Research Institute is a part of this important network. Kris Kowdley, MD, BRI Clinical Investigator and Director of the Center for Liver Disease at Virginia Mason, and patient Ryan Tran are quoted.
The SnoValley Star, July 9, 2010
"Seattle native Fred Couples will play in 2010 Boeing Classic"
Seattle native Fred Couples will participate in the Boeing Classic this year. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is the beneficiary of the event.
Puget Sound Business Journal, January 22, 2010
"Boeing Classic golf event changes charity beneficiary"
Officials at the Boeing Classic golf event, set for Aug.23-29 at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge golf course in Snoqualmie, said the event's new charity beneficiary will be the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.
KING 5 News, April 8, 2009
Painting for cancer
His mother was diagnosed with cancer. Now, a local painter is using his skills to help search for a cure. KING 5's Eric Wilkinson has the story.
KING 5 News, August 16, 2008
Tacoma athletes promote diabetes awareness
Four Tacoma teens are proving that diabetes doesn't have to stop you from becoming an athlete. They want to motivate other kids with the disease, while they help researchers find a cure.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 21, 2008
Pair of blind triathletes share dedication to research cause
Even blind, Barb Oswald knows a good cause when she finds one. Ditto John Upthegrove. Both took part in Seafair Sunday's Benaroya Research Institute Triathlon.
Diabetes Forecast, American Diabetes Association, June 2008
When Good T-Cells Go Bad
Every once in a while, the systems that protect us from infection and disease go wrong. When that happens, they can mistake the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas for something else entirely and attack--ravaging those cells and preventing them from producing the insulin the body needs. The result is Type 1 diabetes. With a grant from the American Diabetes Association, William Kwok, PhD, an immunologist based at the Benaroya Research Institute at Seattle's Virginia Mason Hospital and Medical Center, is leading a lab full of researchers in a search for the causes of this potentially deadly mix-up.
Medical News Today, June 3, 2008
Leading Immunologists Convene in Boston
Over a thousand scientists and clinicians will convene to present new advances in understanding and treating immune-mediated diseases at FOCIS 2008, the 8th annual meeting of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS), June 5-9 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Jerry Nepom, MD, PhD, Director of the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, is president of FOCIS.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 26, 2008
Researchers eye new weapon in allergy war
Using a $5.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Dr. William Kwok of BRI and Dr. David Robinson of the Virginia Mason Asthma and Allergy Clinic are studying cells from people allergic to such things as cat dander, tree and grass pollen, peanuts and mold.
Puget Sound Business Journal, April 18, 2008
"Life Sciences Discovery Fund Allots $22M in grants"
Five Washington Health research organizations have received $22 million in funding from the sate's Life Sciences Discovery Fund.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 17, 2008
"State awards $22 million in life sciences grants"
A state fund tasked with distributing $350 million in tobacco settlement money to support life sciences research in Washington made its first official outlay Thursday afternoon, distributing $22 million in grants among five programs.
Puget Sound Business Journal, February 18, 2008:
" Benaroya Research Institute gets $5.3M grant to study allergies "
The grant from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will be given to William Kwok and Dr. David Robinson of the Virginia Mason Asthma and Allergy Clinic.
Puget Sound Business Journal, December 3, 2007:
" $9.4M goes to Benaroya for autoimmune work "
The Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center has landed another multimillion-dollar grant, this one for $9.4 million, as it continues to focus research and clinical trials on solving the riddle of autoimmune diseases.
Puget Sound Business Journal, October 22, 2007:
" Battlefield medicine "
Seattle's Benaroya Research Institute, known for its work on diabetes and autoimmune disorders, is taking on a new field of science: battlefield medicine.
Seattle Woman, October, 2007:
" Investigating Autoimmune Disease "
Jane Buckner, MD, Research Director at Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, was interviewed on autoimmune research in an article titled "Investigating why women are more prone to autoimmune diseases" in the October issue of the magazine.
Seattle Post Intelligencer, June 7, 2007:
" Seattle at forefront for Type 1 diabetes research "
Rates here are growing -- and no one knows why.
KING 5 News, May 14, 2007:
" Cancer drug might help stop Type 1 diabetes "
Twelve-year-old Rylan Martin is testing a cancer drug called rituximab. It's approved to treat lymphoma and rheumatoid arthritis, but Rylan doesn't have either one.
Seattle Post Intelligencer, May 1, 2007:
" Diabetes cases double in county "
'We need to understand why people aren't listening,' study's author says.
Seattle Post Intelligencer, March 22, 2007:
" Cure for juvenile diabetes faces a big hurdle "
Seattle and Sweden share a perch on one "top 10" ladder that people in both places would rather descend than climb -- high incidences of Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes.
KING 5 News, March 10, 2007:
" Seattle study looks at Type one diabetes "
A multinational study is being launched locally at the Benaroya Research Institute. The goal of the study is to identify people who are at risk of developing Type 1 diabetes, and see if we can prevent them, or delay the onset of their disease.
KING 5 News, March 3, 2007:
"Seattle researchers tackle juvenile diabetes"
There's new hope in the battle against Type 1 diabetes, the form that attacks young children. Now local researchers are taking a step closer to defeating the disease.
Seattle Post Intelligencer, July 17, 2006:
"Records set in Seafair triathlon"
Seattle's Dave Messenheimer and Steilacoom's Heidi Grimm captured the men's and women's overall titles in the sixth annual Benaroya Research Institute Triathlon at Seafair on Sunday at Seward Park.
Seattle Post Intelligencer, July 15, 2006:
"Seafair triathlon's popularity soaring"
Mark Davies has competed in dozens of triathlon since 1996. He's been an Iron Man competitor in Brazil, New Zealand, Canada and across the United States. But there's something about the Benaroya Research Institute Triathlon at Seafair that makes the event one of his all-time favorites.
Seattle Post Intelligencer, July 5, 2006:
"Seattle in demand on even a molecular level"
Thanks to Dr. Jerry Nepom and his gang of scientists at a research facility few people might know by name, Seattle provides much of the world with a spiderlike molecule that has become one of the research community's hottest new tools.
KING5 News, May 20, 2006:
"New drug combination could help juvenile diabetics"
Kids with Type 1 diabetes face major health complications as they age and the disease continues to damage their bodies. Now some Seattle researchers are working to buy them crucial time.
KOMO News, November 14, 2005:
"That Old Justin Timberlake Record Could Help Save A Life"
It's a medical breakthrough, and it's happening at Seattle's Benaroya Research Institute. But researchers are scratching the surface, and finding their groove through an unlikely means.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 2, 2004:
"Anthrax vaccine to be studied in Seattle"
Benaroya Research Institute was awarded one of 14 grants in a $74 million program launched by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Puget Sound Business Journal, March 12, 2004:
"Community must emulate R&D institutions"
Gerald T. Nepom, director of Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, outlines a path toward scientific discovery based on a partnership between scientists and the community.
Puget Sound Business Journal, March 12, 2004:
"R&D community finds strength in numbers"
Seattle research organizations, including Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason and The Hope Heart Institute, work together to fuel collaborative advancements in disease research.
Puget Sound Business Journal, November 28, 2003
"$250 million eyed to grow biotech here"
Commissioned by Governor Locke, a committee of government and industry experts is to submit a proposal that would bring $250 million in state funding to the local biotech scene. Initiative Bio 21 aims to boost the state economy and position Washington to compete with other regions vying for biotech growth by funding collaborative research in diagnostics and therapeutics, bioengineering and health-care informatics.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 16, 2003:
"Seattle Lab Designing Key to Unlock Genetic Secrets"
The human genome project has given rise to a new kind of science in which animal genomes are compiled for use as tools to understand human genetic code.
EDC Economic Forecast, January 2003:
"Vibrant Biomedical Landscape Lays Solid Foundation"
The Economic Development Council Economic Forecast sponsored by the Puget Sound Business Journal featured an editorial by Dr. Gerald Nepom on the social and economic issues facing the changing face of human health services