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September 14, 2021

The Current State of COVID-19: How Dangerous is Delta and Other Key Questions

At this point, we’ve lived through many phases of the pandemic: closing schools and sanitizing surfaces. Mask mandates and mRNA vaccines. Now, we’ve reached a new phase, with still more questions: How dangerous is the Delta variant?

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August 31, 2021

Beyond Insulin: Beyond BRI's Quest to Stop Type 1 Diabetes

The discovery of insulin 100 years ago transformed type 1 diabetes (T1D) from a death sentence to a chronic illness. Yet T1D is still a relentless disease with no cure.

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August 19, 2021

Understanding COVID-19 Vaccine Response: New Studies for Autoimmune Disease and Down Syndrome

Throughout the pandemic, Cate Speake, PhD, and the Center for Interventional Immunology have conducted countless COVID-19 studies — from understanding how the immune system responds to the virus to testing the Pfizer vaccine.

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August 10, 2021

The Boeing Classic is Back!

The Boeing Classic is back! After the event was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, we can’t wait to host the annual golf tournament and fundraiser from August 16-22, 2021.

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July 27, 2021

Hiking and Backpacking with Type 1 Diabetes: Tips and Stories from A Washington Hiker

After six miles and several hours of hiking in the heat of the day, Andrea Williams reached her destination: A view of Mount Rainier so close and clear that she couldn’t even fit the whole mountain in a photo. Then she checked her blood sugar.

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July 22, 2021

Using Data to Fight Asthma

Picture this: A kid joins an asthma study and donates a blood sample through a new research network called Childhood Asthma in Urban Settings (CAUSE). That sample could travel as far as 3,000 miles to get to BRI. 

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July 15, 2021

Immunowhat? Making Sense of What It Means to be Immunocompromised

Words like “immunocompromised” are broad by design: They’re meant to encompass how a wide variety of conditions impact the immune system.

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June 15, 2021

New Drug Aims to Retrain the Immune System in T1D

What if doctors could treat type 1 diabetes (T1D) by teaching the immune system to stop attacking cells in the pancreas? BRI researchers are working with the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk and global research consortium T1D TrialNet, testing a new approach that aims to do just that.

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June 15, 2021

Hope for MS Powers Support for BRI

Debra Smith first learned about BRI when a friend invited her to the Boeing Classic Golf Tournament in the early 2010s. BRI’s work became personal when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2013.

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June 15, 2021

Understanding EOE: New Studies Shed Light on Complex Condition

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EOE), a rare immune system condition that’s connected to food allergies and causes serious inflammation in the esophagus. A BRI research team, led by Karen Cerosaletti, PhD, and Steven Ziegler, PhD, launched a study asking some key questions about EOE.

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