A record crowd of more than 1300 people attended the eighth annual Tie the Ribbons luncheon in September. The HudsonAlpha Foundation established the event to raise money to support breast and ovarian cancer research at the Institute, and it has grown each year.
Faculty Investigator Sara Cooper, PhD, offered an update on the Breakthrough Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research Team, a group of scientists committed to the goal of using genomic science and HudsonAlpha’s state-of-the-art technology to make new discoveries in breast and ovarian cancer.
“The problems we’re trying to tackle are very personal,” said Cooper. “When I see my friends and family facing cancer, it makes me feel ever so slightly better to say I’m working on solving it.”
Kimberly Strong, PhD, HudsonAlpha faculty investigator and director of the Ethics and Genomics program, provided an update on Information is Power, a unique initiative launched in October 2015 that offers free breast and ovarian cancer risk genetic testing to 30-year-old women in the Huntsville/Madison County area. HudsonAlpha is collaborating with genetic testing company Kailos Genetics, a HudsonAlpha associate company.
“We started this event with just a couple hundred people,” said Elizabeth Herrin, HudsonAlpha Foundation. “We are deeply grateful for this community’s enduring support.”