Kathy Fuld, Debra Black, Sohail Tavazoie
Kathy Fuld, Debra Black, Sohail Tavazoie


Approximately 250 guests gathered in Caspary Auditorium for the Parents & Science Evening Program—Sun Exposure, Genetic, and Melanoma: A Worldwide Health Challenge—held at The Rockefeller University on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. The event, which was co-hosted by the Women & Science Initiative, featured Rockefeller’s Leon Hess Assistant Professor Sohail Tavazoie, whose presentation on melanoma addressed the diagnosis of the disease, preventative measures, new therapies, and his own lab’s exciting research on the nature of metastasis and possible ways combat it in the future. The panel discussion and question and answer session following the lecture featured Dr. Tavazoie, Jennifer Stein, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Debra Black, RU Trustee and Melanoma Research Alliance Co-Founder, and covered warning signs, steps we can all take to limit harmful sun exposure, and a conversation about the impact of philanthropy on this previously underfunded area of biomedical research. The synergy of the perspectives of the three experts made for a truly stimulating and insightful evening.

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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