SEATTLE Larry Corey, M.D., president and director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and independent policy-research centers.
"I'm extremely honored to be in the same company as so many highly-regarded people in the fields of science, medicine and the arts," Corey said. "I'm also very proud to join the six other Hutchinson Center scientists who preceded me as members of the academy."
Corey has led the Hutchinson Center since January 2011 and has held other leadership positions there since 1996, first as head of infectious disease sciences in the Clinical Research Division and later as senior vice president and co-director of the Center's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division.
He is the Hutchinson Center's second president to be elected to the Academy. Yeast geneticist Lee Hartwell, Ph.D., a 2001 Nobel laureate, was elected in 1998. He led the Center from 1997 until 2010.
Corey is among 220 leaders in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, business and public affairs who have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2012 class of fellows. This year's class includes winners of the National Medal of Science, the Lasker Award, the Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, the Kennedy Center Honors, as well as Grammy, Emmy, Academy and Tony awards.
The new class will be inducted at a ceremony Oct. 6 at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.
An internationally renowned expert in virology, immunology and vaccine development, Corey's research has focused on herpes viruses, HIV and other viral infections, particularly those associated with cancer. He also is principal investigator of the Hutchinson Center-based HIV Vaccine Trials Network, an international collaboration of scientists and institutions that combines clinical t
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