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Tech Insider Interview About Mummies

November 19, 2015

By: Grace Raver, Tech Insider

PRO co-founder Kathryn Hunt talks about Egyptomania and mummies being used as medicine in this video interview with Tech Insider.

"Kathryn explained to us how the medical use of mummies paired with later Egyptomania resulted in the loss of millions of mummies."

Meet 12 Badass Scientists Who Also Happen to be Women

October 8, 2015

By: Karen Eng, Medium/TED

While only 30% of scientists are female, women such as the co-founders of PRO and these TED Fellows (including PRO co-founder Kathryn Hunt) are challenging this statistic. Learn more about these incredible women and their cutting edge scientific rsearch below!

“Biological anthropology — a physical science in a gentle embrace with social science—happens to be a field predominately led by women, so I have the fortune of working with brilliant woman scientists every day,” says Hunt. “While sexism still exists in our lives, I’m privileged to witness a world in which women in science is commonplace and celebrated, as in this picture. And science is stronger for it!”

Microsoft and Fast Company Select Three Non-Profits to Receive Creative Support in Cannes

June 9, 2015

By: Jonathan Oliver, Microsoft

PRO was selected by Microsoft and Fast Company to work with professional creative teams at the Cannes Lions Festival! In June, PRO co-founder Kathryn Hunt will travel to France to take part in workshops where she will work with a creative team to help PRO spread our message!

"We really wanted to give the creative community the opportunity to fire their neurons in support of a range of causes from the field of health, environmental issues and education. And, of course, we kept asking ourselves in reviewing these submissions: ‘Where would the world’s best creative talent have the most impact and do the most good?’"

Libertine 100 - Digging Into the Global History of Cancer

March, 2015

By: Kathryn Hunt, Libertine

Kathryn Hunt, named one of the Libertine 100 in 2015, writes about the development of the field of paleo-oncology.

"The field dedicated to the study of cancer in antiquity, known as “paleo-oncology,” is a small one, made up of a few scholars that have given some of their limited time to select case studies. But there’s a great deal of work still to be done."

Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014

November 17, 2014

Foreign Policy Magazine

PRO co-founder Kathryn Hunt was named one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by the Foreign Policy Group and the US Department of State. She attended the annual Transformational Trends conference in Washington D.C. 

"[Hunt] says she hopes this expanding field of archaeological inquiry will add to contemporary understandings of cancer."

Fast Company Magazine’s 100 Most Creative People of 2014

May 12, 2014

By: Jessica Leber, Fast Company

PRO co-founder Kathryn Hunt was named one of Fast Company Magazine's 100 Most Creative People in Business 2014 and attended the Creativity + Commerce conference in Montreal (C2-MTL) as a guest of Fast Company. 

"There wasn't a lot of evidence because people didn't know what to look for. It lit my fire. A few years ago, a few colleagues and I put together the Paleo-oncology Research Organization, and I've collected more than 230 cases of evidence of cancer in ancient societies."

From an eye exam on your phone to bioluminescent sculpture that looks alive: A recap of the TED2014 Fellows Talks, Session 2

March 17, 2014

By: Karen Eng, TED

A recap of Session 2 at the TED2014 conference Vancouver BC, March 14-22, 2014, including PRO co-founder Kathryn Hunt's TED talk on her work in paleo-oncology and her journey as a cancer survivor.

"When she was diagnosed with rare and aggressive ovarian cancer at the age of 22, rather than derailing her lifelong passion for archeology, it became a catalyst for deeper research...Hunt began researching cancer as an ancient disease, and discovered that it did have a real presence in antiquity."

A Survivor in the Global Spotlight

March 10, 2014

By: Sandy Daneau Dunham, Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Luthern University wrote a profile of alumna Kathryn Hunt, talking about her work in archaeology and paleo-oncology.

" 'I want to look at evidence of cancer in archaeological remains, and add to a dataset that’s virtually nonexistent,' Hunt said. 'At that point I wouldn’t have even called it a field—now it is, but a very, very small field.' "

Kathryn Hunt, Unlocking Cancer's Ancient Past

February 26, 2014

By: Melissa Pandika, Ozy

PRO co-founder Kathryn Hunt was named a Rising Star and Provocateur by OZY.  Read more in this Ozy article profiling Kathryn and her journey as a cancer survivor and archaeologist.

"A more complete picture of cancer could help us better understand its causes, which could lead to more effective prevention, detection and treatment. For example, understanding how a cancer-causing mutation changed over time might allow us to predict how it could change in the future and possibly even inhibit it."

It's in Our Genes: A Survivor's Quest to Unearth Ancient Patterns of Cancer

January 13, 2014

By: Jessica Leber, Fast Co.exist

An article about PRO co-founder Kathryn Hunt by Co.exist, describing her work in the emerging field of paleo-oncology. 

“ 'If we can get a better understanding of why cancer manifests the way it does, because of genetic, environmental, and cultural factors...that behavior might lead us to better treatment, better prevention, and better quality of life for those going through cancer,' Hunt says"

TED Fellows 2014

October 2013


In October 2013, PRO co-founder was named a TED Fellow for her research into palaeo-oncology, the study of cancer in antiquity, ans was invited to give a presentation at the 30th annual TED conference in March 2014.

"This concept of studying the dynamics of cancer development throughout history could revolutionize the way we conduct cancer research by changing the way we understand the disease. This is an idea worth spreading."

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