NEW YORK – (November 4, 2016): The Rockefeller
University’s Parents & Science Initiative and newly instated
Rockefeller University President Dr.
Richard P. Lifton, hosted the fifth annual Celebrating
Science Benefit Lecture
and Dinner Wednesday, November 2nd. The event raised
support of Rockefeller University programs that advance medical
research in children’s health and development.
This year’s benefit featured Rockefeller
University physician-scientist Dr.
Robert B. Darnell, a world leader in genomic research and
recipient of the NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award
and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Clinical Scientist Award.
In his lecture, “Next Generation Genomics:
Re-Inventing Medicine for You and Your Children”, Dr. Darnell
spoke about his latest research on DNA sequencing and how it is
revolutionizing the study of human genetic variation, health,
Following the lecture, guests enjoyed dinner and
a tribute honoring Rockefeller’s Bard Chair Russ
Carson and his
family—Judy, Cecily, Edward, and Madeline—for their
philanthropic leadership in support of biomedical research and
improving inner-city education. The evening ended with a live
auction led by Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s, raising $110,000 for
a grand total of $2.7
million for the
Event guests included prominent New York
philanthropists James and Kathryn Murdoch, Lulu and Anthony
Wang, Blair Pillsbury Enders, Stanley and Sydney Shuman, Michael
and Alex Shuman, Alex and Jasmina Denner, Hartley Rogers and Amy
Falls Rogers, Marlene Hess and James Zirin, John and Amanda
Waldron, Joe and Diana DiMenna, Ceci Kurzman, Valerie and Wright
Ohrstrom, and many more.