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Dinner For the Kids

by Sarah Hysong Photographed by Scott Rudd
Friday, November 17, 2017
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Rockefeller University physician-scientist Dr. Titia de Lange, a world leader in cancer research, was the featured lecturer at Rockefeller University’s sixth annual Celebrating Science Benefit Lecture and Dinner, held Wednesday, November 15th.


In her lecture “When Good Genes Go Bad: Deciphering the Cancer Genome” Dr. de Lange spoke of her research and findings that have shed light on the causes of cancer while suggesting potential new strategies for treatment and prevention.


Rockefeller University President, Dr. Richard P. Lifton, hosted this year’s benefit, which raised over $2.5 million in support of University programs that advance medical research in children’s health and development.


Guests later enjoyed dinner and a tribute to the Sohn Conference Foundation for its global effort to inspire philanthropy for scientific research and its exceptional contribution to the treatment and cure of pediatric cancer. During dinner President Lifton also announced that the Sohn Conference Foundation had made a new $500,000 technology grant to Rockefeller University for high-performance computing to help process and visualize genetic data faster to provide better treatment options for children with cancer.


Benefit guests included Anna Chapman and Ron Perelman, Nancy and Henry Kissinger, Katherine Farley and Jerry Speyer, Lindsey Boylan and LeRoy Kim, William E. Ford III, Diane and Andreas Halvorsen, Jennifer Coyne, Lulu C. Wang, Sydney and Stanley Shuman, Judith and Howard Berkowitz and Yue Sai Kan to name a few.





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