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When Good Genes Go Bad: Deciphering the Cancer Genome


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

The Rockefeller University


Titia de Lange, Ph.D.

Leon Hess Professor
The Rockefeller University

Titia de LangeA world leader in the study of telomeres, the protective ends of chromosomes, Dr. Titia de Lange will discuss her research and the crucial role telomeres play in maintaining the stability of the genome. Through her work on telomeres, she has also made discoveries about how the genome changes when a normal cell becomes a tumor cell—findings that are shedding light on the causes of cancer while suggesting potential new strategies for treatment and prevention.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, Dr. de Lange is a recipient of a 2013 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, among many other honors. At Rockefeller University, she heads the Laboratory of Cell Biology and Genetics, and also serves as director of the Anderson Center for Cancer Research.


Sohn Conference Foundation

The Rockefeller University will honor the Sohn Conference Foundation for its global effort to inspire philanthropy for scientific research and its exceptional contribution to the treatment and cure of pediatric cancers and other childhood diseases. The Sohn Conference Foundation supports cutting-edge medical research, state-of-the-art technology, and innovative programs to ensure children with cancer survive and thrive. Through the annual Sohn Investment Conferences, held in major cities across the globe, the Foundation calls upon Wall Street’s top investors to offer their expertise and inspire audiences in the name of the Foundation’s cause.