On Wednesday, October 27, at The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) Symposium and Annual Awards Luncheon at the Waldorf=Astoria, grants of $33 million were awarded to 172 deserving scientists from the very best medical research centers across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. Over 1,000 guests attended, helping raise nearly $2 million. Since its inception in 1993 BCRF has raised nearly $300 million to support the most advanced and promising breast cancer research that will help lead to prevention and a cure in our lifetime.
The morning began with an enlightening Symposium discussing anti-hormone therapy and recent advances in this important avenue of breast cancer treatment that works by interfering with the dependence of many breast tumors on estrogen. Panelists included Alan Angela Hartley Brodie, PhD, University of Maryland; Nancy E. Davidson, MD, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute; Peter Greenwald, MD, Dr. PH, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health; Gabriel N. Hortobagyi, MD, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Larry Norton, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; BCRF Scientific Director; and moderated by Clifford Hudis, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Chairman, BCRF Scientific Advisory Committee.
Immediately following, President Clinton opened the BCRF Awards Luncheon, which recognized the renowned researchers BCRF supports. The Jill Rose Award for outstanding research excellence honored Angela Hartley Brodie, PHD, of the University of Maryland, in recognition of her outstanding research accomplishments and the inaugural Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award was presented to Judy Craymer, producer of MAMMA MIA!, for her commitment to raising awareness of breast cancer around the globe and lifesaving funds for research. The Humanitarian Award was presented by actor Pierce Brosnan.