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50 Years of Helping Improve Health
CHORI Celebrates Milestones at October Gala Event

Two thousand and nine marks a very special year for CHORI. Established in 1959 by a handful of dedicated researchers and a generous donation from the family of Bruce A. Lyons, CHORI has been achieving excellence in research for 5 decades. In addition, the event celebrated the birthdays of CHORI's pioneering former executive director, Bertram Lubin, MD, now president and CEO of Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, and Bruce Ames, PhD, one of CHORI's most distinguished researchers.

"It seemed impossible to let these milestones go by unrecognized," says CHORI scientist Ervin Epstein, MD.

"Dr. Ames has been a major contributor, not just to science, but to CHORI itself, and Bert has been such a driving force in putting CHORI on the map. We wanted to honor them both, and to celebrate the wonderful research that CHORI has been doing for the last 50 years."

With enthusiastic support from the Children's Hospital & Research Center Foundation, sponsorship from Questcorp, and financial support from Wareham Development, Dr. Epstein and his co-conspirators, CHORI executive director Alexander Lucas, PhD, and vice president of research administration, Kathleen Gonzalez, organized a CHORI gala event, held on Oct. 15th at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland.
"We began talking about it in the spring, and came up with the idea of a black tie celebratory dinner dance, with a couple of scientific talks, and the Chabot Space & Science Center was the perfect place."
"It's an exciting new location for education in all of the East Bay and beyond, and really fit with the spirit of what we were celebrating," says Dr. Epstein.

The evening's events included scientific talks by presenters selected by Drs. Ames and Lubin. Ed Penhoet, PhD, co-founder of Chiron and vice chair of the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, was asked to present by Dr. Lubin and spoke about how biotechnology can contribute to the betterment of human health in all fields of research. Dr. Ames selected CHORI scientist Joyce McCann, PhD, who discussed the basis of Dr. Ames' current research regarding the contribution of micronutrient deficiency to diseases of aging (see our October highlights for more info).

More than 140 Children's scientists, physicians and supporters gathered to celebrate CHORI's special evening, during which Drs. Ames and Lubin were presented with portraits by local artist, Carol Doyle-Peel, and Oakland A's jerseys, to represent the local community's appreciation of their work and the cutting edge research conducted here at CHORI. The entire evening was emceed by KTVU Channel 2's health and science editor, John Fowler.

As Dr. Epstein says, "It was a wonderful event in which we came together to celebrate both the achievements of these individuals, but also CHORI's continuing efforts to conduct research that is meaningful to the world at large."

See also 50 Years of Accomplishments.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011 8:19 AM

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