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Department of Urology

June 1, 2017

Chief Resident Brian Winters Awarded Prestigious Young Investigator Award

Dr. Brian Winters

Dr. Brian Winters

Chief Resident Dr. Brian Winters has been selected for a Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) 2017 Young Investigator Award from the Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute fund for his research entitled “Defining the translational landscape of metastatic bladder cancer and its role in therapeutic response to chemotherapy.”

The 1-year project grant of $50,000 is intended to support the development of outstanding research scientists and clinical cancer research investigators who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the understanding and treatment of bladder cancer.

Winters’ research seeks to discover new biomarkers and previously unrecognized therapeutic targets in bladder cancer relative to cisplatin-based chemotherapy by conducting the first comprehensive analysis of chemotherapy sensitive, chemotherapy resistant, and metastatic bladder cancer translation, utilizing ribosome profiling (which has not been applied to bladder cancer to date). Using primary and metastatic rapid samples—both chemotherapy treated and chemotherapy-naïve—this technology will provide a snap shot of all translated mRNA.

The investigation has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of bladder cancer pathogenesis and can guide future basic science and clinical research in these patients.

Dr. Winters has also won the 2017 John Quale Travel Fellowship award of $1,700, which will defray costs of travel to the annual BCAN Bladder Cancer Think Tank meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina this August. The think tank provides early career physicians a unique opportunity to come together with a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, scientists, lay advocates and industry partners in a collaborative, high-level scientific environment focused on advancing the BCAN mission and improving patient outcomes.

Dr. Winters attended medical school at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, graduating in 2011. He began his residency in the UW Department of Urology in 2012 and celebrated his graduation this month. He will begin a fellowship in urological oncology this fall at UW.