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Elisabeth R. Woods Foundation supports lung cancer research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Elizabeth Woods Foundation Raffaella Sordella
The Elisabeth R. Woods Foundation visits Dr. Raffaella Sordella’s laboratory at CSHL l-r: Vilma Jimenez Sabinina, Debjani Pal, Raffaella Sordella, Elisabeth Leonard, Trine Lindsted, Ibrahim Tas, Serif Senturk, Nitin Shirole, Benjamin Boettner

The Elisabeth R. Woods Foundation marked its 2012 launch with a $15,000 donation to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL).

Cold Spring Harbor, NY — The Elisabeth R. Woods Foundation marked its 2012 launch with a $15,000 donation to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). The funds will be used for lung cancer research conducted by CSHL Associate Professor, Dr. Raffaella Sordella.

The Foundation was established in honor of Elisabeth Woods, wife of longtime CSHL Association member and current director, James A. Woods. Elisabeth died in 2000 after a battle with non-small cell lung cancer. The Elisabeth R. Woods Foundation was inaugurated with a dinner in June at the Huntington Country Club, which featured Dr. Sordella speaking on “Progress Towards a Cure for Lung Cancer: Hope and Reality”. The mission of the new foundation is to raise awareness, provide therapy and help find a cure for lung cancer, specifically non-small cell lung cancer.

“In no time in history has the funding of research been more important,” said Elisabeth Leonard, Elisabeth Woods’ daughter and Executive Director of the Foundation. “There is nowhere in the world more prepared to do this work than Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and this is why we are proud to support the ongoing work of Dr. Sordella right here on Long Island.”

Dr. Sordella received her Ph.D. from the University of Turin, did her postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School and joined the CSHL faculty in 2006. She aims to characterize drug-resistant lung cancer cells at the modular and genetic levels, defining the requirements for their survival and ability to spread. The ultimate goal of her research is to develop methods of therapeutically target these tumor cells in lung cancer as well as in other cancers. “I would like to thank the Woods family and their foundation for supporting my research work at CSHL,” said Dr. Sordella.

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