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Women & Science: The Rockefeller University hosts Elaine Fuchs for annual spring luncheon

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

In a world of rapidly growing technology and medical advances, more and more treatments for once fatal illnesses and conditions are being discovered and created. And more today than ever, women are playing an essential role in this advancement. A big contributor the success of such women is The Rockefeller University’s Women & Science initiative.

The Rockefeller University is a world-renowned center for research and graduate learning in the biomedical sciences, chemistry and physics. It was founded as the nation’s first institute for medical research. Twenty-four researchers associated with Rockefeller have been awarded the Nobel Prize.

The university is devoted to improving human health through transformative discoveries and advanced education in the life sciences. Established in 1998, the W&S initiative highlights the role of these discoveries and research in relation to women’s health. It also showcases the contributions of women scientists and raises funds to support their work.

Over the past 16 years more than 3,000 people have attended W&S programs featuring Rockefeller scientists and guest speakers. The lecture and luncheon on May 15 was no different. Dr. Elaine Fuchs, a Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor at Rockefeller, spoke about stem cells and their relation to regenerative medicine, aging and cancer. A number of VIPs graced the audience including designer Tory Burch, executive director of Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance Olivia Flatto, HRH Princess Firyal of Jordan, host and Rockefeller president Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Lulu WangLisa McCarthy, Diane Burke, and Robin Neustein.

Dr. Fuchs is also an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine. Her research on the biology of skin has been extremely influential in clarifying the roles that stem cells play in building and regenerating tissues. Studies that she’s conducted with the assistance of her collaborators have revealed unanticipated opportunities for therapies involving stem cells.

She is currently exploring the theory that tumors arise from stem cells gone askew which increases the possibility that scientists could intervene in this process for cancer therapy. One of the most crucial medical searches ongoing today is a cure for cancer – could this be a small breakthrough to get scientists one step closer to that find?

Partners in Discovery, the fundraising arm of W&S, has raised more than $22 million in support of talented women pursuing careers in the sciences at Rockefeller. Dr. Fuchs was one of these women. She has won numerous awards and honors for her research and studies. Her acclaim has boosted her to the forefront of biomedical research. Without the support of the W&S initiative, it would have been difficult for her to receive the education and resources needed to provide the philanthropic services and achieve the successes she has had thus far.

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