Cold Spring Harbor, NY — Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) held its eighth annual “Women’s Partnership for Science Lecture and Luncheon” on Sunday, June 14 at Peacock Point, at the Lattingtown home of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel P. Davison.
Leemor Joshua-Tor, Ph.D, Dean of the Watson School of Biological Sciences and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and Felicia Callan, M.D., obstetrician/gynecologist at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine/North Shore Medical Group, spoke to nearly 140 women in attendance about the link between viruses and cancer, specifically human papillomavirus (HPV), a prime cause of cervical cancer. Dr. Joshua Tor has determined the structure of a protein called E1 that is found in papillomavirus, a DNA tumor virus that causes cervical cancer. Dr. Callan described her gratitude to scientists such as Dr. Joshua-Tor, whose research has had a tremendous impact on the most common event in her daily practice, the Pap test.
The event, which raised almost $75,000 to support women who pursue careers in biomedical research at CSHL, was co-chaired by Kristina Perkin Davison, Blair Husain, Kinga Lampert, Mara Lehrman, Simone Mailman, Louise Parent, Mary Snow, Nancy Hoguet Tilghman and Lara Trafelet. Underwriters included Marilyn Simons, The Banfi Vintners Foundation, Anne Goodwin, The Stanley R. & Elisabeth G. Jacobs Foundation, Mara Lehrman, Louise Parent, Nancy Israeli, the Morey Family Foundation, Lara Trafelet and Beth Werwaiss.
Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. Home to eight Nobel Prize winners, the private, not-for-profit Laboratory employs 1,100 people including 600 scientists, students and technicians. The Meetings & Courses Program annually hosts more than 12,000 scientists. The Laboratory’s education arm also includes an academic publishing house, a graduate school and the DNA Learning Center with programs for middle and high school students and teachers. For more information, visit www.cshl.edu