Professor, Allergy and Infectious Dis.
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Professor, Global Health
Assistant Member, Vaccine and Infectious Disease, Public Health Sciences, and Clinical Research Divisions, and Director, Uganda Program in Cancer and Infectious Diseases, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Medical Director, Infection Control at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
EducationMD Medicine (MD), Cornell University, 1997
MPH Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2002
Program in Global Oncology
1100 Fairview Ave N, M1-B140
Seattle, WA 98109
Dr. Casper's research over the past decade has focused on infections as a cause and consequence of cancer, with an emphasis on HIV-associated malignancies. In Seattle, he serves as the Associate Director of UW/FHCRC Center for AIDS Research and Direct the AIDS-Associated Infections and Malignancies Core. In 2004, he founded the Uganda Cancer Institute / Hutchinson Center Cancer Alliance, which he currently co-Directs with a colleague from Uganda Dr. Jackson Orem. This effort has established a collaboration with the Uganda Cancer Institute in Kampala working on research, training and clinical care. To date, the research program has conducted over 20 studies of infection-related cancers and has enrolled over 7,000 participants and banked over 150,000 specimens in the past 3 years. The focus of the program has been to describe the pathogenesis, treatment and prevention of infection-related cancers such as Kaposi Sarcoma and Burkitt lymphoma, and we have also described predictors of survival and response to treatment for these diseases. Alliance training programs have helped to develop a research and care infrastructure for HIV-associated malignancies in Uganda, with over 200 persons trained to date. Finally, last year they began the construction of a new research, training and clinical care center to be completed by 2015, the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa. At Fred Hutch, Dr. Casper is the head of Global Oncology, which was founded to capitalize on the growing international cancer research activity of Center. The Program seeks to catalyze research to improve data systems and reporting for cancer incidence and outcomes in low- and middle-income countries, understand the biology, prevention and treatment of infection-related cancers, and conduct clinical and translational research in cancer in low- and middle-income regions that works to reduce the morbidity of cancer across the globe.
Specific health topics:
- Epidemiology, natural history, and treatment of human herpesvirus 8 infections
- Treatment of Epstein Barr Virus-associated lymphomas
- HIV-related cancer
- Infections as a complication of cancer care
- Cancer epidemiology, pathobiology, treatment, and training in resource-limited settings
Epidemiology; natural history; treatment of infections with human herpes virus 8 (also known as HHV-8, Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpes virus or KSHV)
In The News
Hutch opens cancer research center - 9,000 miles away
Seattle Times, 05/26/2015
What If Americans Ate Like South Africans And Vice Versa?
Ugandan doctor helping reshape cancer care there
The Seattle Times, 12/16/2012