2012 Symposium Spurs Collaborations

13 November 2012

On Tuesday, November 13th, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation held its Third Annual Medical Symposium & Luncheon. This day-long event provides a powerful counterpoint to the gala whereby donors hear first-hand how the nation’s top scientists are translating their support. On a rainy autumn morning at the Loeb Central Park Boathouse, Foundation grantees, board members, patrons and survivors convened to hear about the latest advances in blood cancer research. Stephen D. Nimer, Director of the Sylvester Cancer Center in Miami and Chairman of the Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board led the day’s proceedings and spoke to the “ever enlarging family of investigators tackling these problems” in the hematologic malignancies. He also announced the recipients of the new Collaborative Grant Awards, two teams of past grantees collaborating on new and innovative projects.

As an added element this year, Angel Ambassador Ethan Zohn shared his experience as a two-time cancer survivor. From these talks, grantees were reminded that the impact of their often lonely and frustrating lab work ultimately does have great impact in the lives of patients and their families. Lead Sponsorship for the symposium was provided by Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company and the Welcome Cocktail Reception the previous night was held at the Empire Hotel Rooftop, generously sponsored by Jeffrey Chodorow and China Grill Management. The symposium spurred much new scientific collaboration that will hopefully lead to better treatments and maybe one day a cure for these diseases.