11th Women's Partnership for Science raises over $100,000 for L.I. genetic disease research

Cold Spring Harbor, NY – On September 11, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) held the 11th annual Women's Partnership for Science lecture and luncheon, a summer staple among New York's female philanthropists who support biomedical research.

_CRG5304Guest speaker, CSHL Professor Michael Wigler, Ph.D.Guest speaker Michael Wigler, Ph.D., renowned geneticist and CSHL professor, described the promise of his research, which he anticipates will enable clinicians to pinpoint the markers for cancer in human tissue at a stage far earlier than is feasible today.

"In a few years' time, we will be able to walk in to a doctor's office, they will draw a blood sample, and there will be a fairly routine and inexpensive test that will tell you if you have cancer, and if so, in which part of your body," Dr. Wigler predicted. His lab's research will help make it possible for clinicians to catch cancer at the earliest possible stage, before it has accumulated the many mutations that can make fighting it such an uphill battle. [view video]

"CSHL is a vital place for research on the different cancers that touch the lives of so many in our community," said CSHL's president, Bruce Stillman, Ph.D., who hosted the luncheon at Airslie, the president's house on the Laboratory's scenic campus. "We are proud to host an event that connects society and science, and grateful to the Partnership for having created a first-rate opportunity for scientists and citizens to come together."

An annual event since 2002, the Partnership unites prominent women from New York society to support, promote and celebrate women pursuing careers in biomedical research at CSHL. Over the last 11 years, the Partnership has raised close to $800,000 to help support the Laboratory's cutting-edge research into the genetic causes of cancer and neuropsychiatric disorders, as well as CSHL's pioneering educational programs.

The event, which drew over 180 attendees from the New York metropolitan area, was co-chaired by Elizabeth Ainslie, Gabrielle Bacon, Meg Braff, Lisa Eastman, Simone Mailman, Cristina Mariani-May, Louise Parent, Hope Smith and Mary Snow. Kristina Perkin Davison was an honorary chair of the event.

Banfi Vintners, longstanding supporters of the Women's Partnership for Science, generously donated the wines for the annual luncheon.

_CRG5374Maureen Brennan, Isobel Coleman, CSHL President Bruce Stillman, Ph.D., Gabrielle Bacon, Arianna Boardman _CRG5375Gay Gay Gerry, Elizabeth Ainslie, Sallie Giordano

_CRG5388CSHL Chancellor Emeritus James D. Watson, Ph.D., CSHL Board of Trustees Chairman Jamie Nicholls _CRG5392Lara Trafelet, Mary Snow

About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. CSHL is ranked number one in the world by Thomson Reuters for impact of its research in molecular biology and genetics. The Laboratory has been home to eight Nobel Prize winners. Today, CSHL's multidisciplinary scientific community is more than 360 scientists strong and its Meetings & Courses program hosts more than 12,500 scientists from around the world each year to its Long Island campus and its China center. Tens of thousands more benefit from the research, reviews, and ideas published in journals and books distributed internationally by CSHL Press. The Laboratory's education arm also includes a graduate school and programs for undergraduates as well as middle and high school students and teachers. CSHL is a private, not-for-profit institution on the north shore of Long Island. For more information, visit www.cshl.edu.