The Rockefeller University’s President, Dr. Richard P. Lifton, hosted the twenty-first annual Women & Science Lecture and Luncheon on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Women & Science has raised over $1.8 million this year in support of Rockefeller University programs that advance basic and clinical research in addressing the scientific challenges related to women’s health.
This year’s benefit featured Rockefeller University physician-scientist Dr. Agata Smogorzewska, a geneticist who heads a lab at Rockefeller. She is a recipient of many awards including most recently, a Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award and a Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research.
In her lecture, “DNA Repair: The Power of Precision Medicine in Treating Cancer”, Dr. Smogorzewska spoke about how new discoveries are fueling the development of innovative cancer therapies, including some that precisely target an individual’s tumor cells by exploiting the cells’ own defects in DNA repair. Dr. Smogorzewska and her colleagues study patients with rare inherited abnormalities in DNA repair to learn how defects in their genes permit the formation of tumors. Many cancers, including breast and ovarian tumors, share some of the same defects, suggesting that Dr. Smogorzewska’s discoveries may lead to better detection and treatment of cancer in the broader population.
Event guests included prominent New York philanthropists Deeda Blair, Danielle Ganek, Colby Jordan, Bara Tisch, Bianca Gottseman, Marjorie Gubelmann, Yue-Sai Kan, Lucy Lamphere, Dawn Ostroff, Agatha Herrero, Jennifer Scully-Lerner, Tina Bhojwani, Nathalie Kaplan, Caryn Zucker, Nancy Kissinger, Debra Black, Serena Boardman, Samantha Boardman Rosen, Marigay McKee, Katherine Farley, Claude Wasserstein, Sydney Shuman, Diane Sawyer, Susan Rockefeller and Olivia Flatto.