Guests take their seats in Caspary Auditorium
Guests take their seats in Caspary Auditorium


On Wednesday, October 2, nearly 350 guests attended the second annual Parents & Science Celebrating Science benefit at The Rockefeller University. The featured speaker, molecular geneticist Jeffrey Friedman, M.D., Ph.D. gave a lecture titled “Your Child’s Medical Future in the 10X Genetic Revolution.” Dr. Friedman spoke brilliantly as a scientist, and candidly as a father. He highlighted the ways in which “spelling errors” in a person’s DNA can translate into a variety of diseases and disorders, many of which were not previously known to have genetic underpinnings. As Dr. Friedman noted, while modern technology can sequence a person’s entire genome at a cost that is rapidly plummeting, the work of making sense of what specific genetic blips tell us—and what disorders they may imply—is far from complete. Following the lecture, guests enjoyed a special tented dinner on the campus esplanade, as well as a brief auction of unique scientific experiences with Rockefeller Scientists. The event raised over $1,200,000 for the Parents & Science Discovery Fund.

Richard Lifton, M.D., Ph.D.
The Rockefeller University

Parents & Science
Faculty Advisor

Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.
Alfred E. Mirsky Professor
Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch
Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology

Parents & Science Leadership


Daniella Lipper Coules
Talbott Simonds

Steering Committee

Rebecca Anikstein
John Bernstein
Charles W. Caulkins
Karen de Saint Phalle
Blair Pillsbury Enders
Wendy Ettinger
Kathy Heinzelman
Tania Neild, Ph.D.
Ilona Nemeth
Marean Pompidou
Courtney Smith Rae
Loli Echavarria Roosevelt
Kimberly Kravis Schulhof
Roxy Zajac

Scientific Advisory Council

Evelyn Attia, M.D.
BJ Casey, Ph.D.
Myron Hofer, M.D.
Ilene Sackler Lefcourt
Margaret McCarthy, Ph.D.
Richard Nisbett, Ph.D.
Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

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