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May 1, 2014

New Biorepository Studies Celiac Disease

Celiac disease can be difficult to diagnose and has no cure. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) recently launched a new biorepository for the disease to collect blood samples, tissue samples and medical histories of people with the disease.

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April 1, 2014

Wright Bequest to Accelerate Translational Research

The estate of Leonard and Majorie Wright of Mukilteo, Wash., recently bequeathed $2.5 million to Benaroya Research Institute for translational research. Marjorie Wright died in 2013 and Leonard Wright passed away in 2007. They were both patients at Virginia Mason Medical Center.

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March 8, 2014

Arthritis Patient Finds Relief

On July 5, 2013, Chris Wood became extremely ill from food poisoning he contracted at a Fourth of July picnic. But in addition to the normal, highly unpleasant symptoms, Chris’s joints were so swollen he could hardly stand, walk or write.

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February 8, 2014

Sonja Coomes Contributes to MS Research

Last December, Sonja Coomes began feeling pain and numbness in her left side. She visited her physician who couldn’t determine her illness and told her to call if it got worse. When her symptoms continued, she was sent to the emergency room at Harborview Medical Center.

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February 1, 2014

Klorfine Grant Supports Innovation

Robert Vernon, PhD, a research associate member at BRI, and his team are pioneers in the development of engineered replacements for tissues and organs lost through disease or trauma.

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January 8, 2014

New Hope: Conquering IBD

The incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is growing, affecting greater numbers of people in more countries worldwide. Inflammatory bowel disease includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

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January 1, 2014

The Rasmuson Foundation: Supporting Alaskans and Supporting Research

Benaroya Research Institute sincerely thanks the Rasmuson Foundation of Anchorage, Alaska, for providing a $1 million grant to bring education and access to clinical trials to Alaskans suffering from autoimmune diseases, cancer and many other conditions.

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December 15, 2013

Biorepositories Accelerate Discovery

One of the nation’s greatest research treasures was developed at Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) and is being enhanced every day. The treasure is more than 100,000 blood and tissue samples contained within huge freezers.

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November 1, 2013

New Arthritis Drugs Provide More Options

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes joint pain and inflammation. It can lead to substantial loss of mobility and decreased quality of life for the 1.3 million Americans suffering from the condition.

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October 1, 2013

Free of Managing Type 1 Diabetes For a Day

Annie Shultz is determined that history won’t repeat itself. Her father, Richard Shultz, was diagnosed at age 19 with type 1 diabetes. Annie watched her father struggle with complications her entire life.

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