Details for the Evening
|Location:||Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center
|Date:||November 11, 2016|
|Time:||6:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM Dinner & Program
|Emcee:||Emily Riemer, WCVB NewsCenter 5 Anchor|
As The Sparrow will generously be providing entertainment for the Gray Gala cocktail hour.
|Live Auction Items|
|Community Leadership Award Recipients:||
Volunteer of the Year: Steven Branfman
Advocate of the Year: Matt Hanson
Emerging Leader: Tara Mitchell
|Founder Award Recipients:||2016 Richard B. Ross Founder's Award for Pediatric Brain Tumor Research|
|Suzanne Baker, PhD
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Dr. Suzanne Baker is Director, Brain Tumor Research Division; Co-Leader, Neurobiology & Brain Tumor Program; and Endowed Chair in Brain Tumor Research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She is a leader in the field of pediatric neuro-oncology, former Co-Chair of NBTS Scientific Advisory Committee, and a lead investigator in the National Brain Tumor Society’s upcoming Defeat Pediatric Brain Tumors Research Collaborative. At St Jude, she has directed her efforts towards understanding how disruption of key signaling pathways contributes to the development of high-grade gliomas, including diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) in children.
A generous grant from the National Brain Tumor Society helped to launch her research into DIPG, which suggested differences in the genetic changes driving DIPG compared to adult glioblastoma. This was confirmed when she co-discovered high-frequency histone H3 mutations in DIPG and pediatric glioblastoma. These were the first histone mutations identified in human cancer, yielding new insights into disease pathogenesis of these devastating childhood brain tumors, and opening a new avenue to study how chromatin regulation contributes to cancer. Additional unexpected mutations in pediatric brain tumors co-discovered by Baker’s group further demonstrate unique connections between development and cancer that are also a focus of her ongoing research.
|2016 Feldman Founder's Award for Adult Brain Tumor Research|
|Webster Cavenee, PhD
Ludwig Cancer Research
Dr. Webster Cavenee is the Director, Strategic Alliances-CNS at Ludwig Cancer Research. Previously, Dr. Cavenee served as Director of Ludwig Cancer Research, San Diego and a Distinguished Professors at the University of California, San Diego, since 1991.
Dr. Cavenee is a pioneer in our understanding of the role that hereditary predisposition plays in the development of cancer. His work on the genetic basis of cancer predisposition and progression comprises more than 370 publications and has been recognized with more than 100 honors and awards, most notably the Rhoads Award of American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the Charles S. Mott Prize of the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation, and the Albert Szent Gyorgyi Award.
|Parking and Directions:||The Gray Gala will be held on the upper level of the World Trade Center in the Harborview Ballroom, therefore we strongly encourage valet parking. Should you prefer to self-park, please find directions to the Seaport Hotel Garage here.|
The following hotels are offering Gray Gala attendees a discounted rate - a limited number of rooms are available, so book before October 12th to guarantee your space.
Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center
Discounted Rate: $260/night
To make reservations, call 877-732-7678 and mention the National Brain Tumor Society room block for the Gray Gala
The proceeds of this event will support the core programs of the National Brain Tumor Society for both adults and children.
For more information on the event or sponsorship, please contact:
Chief Advancement Officer