PRESS ADVISORY: Hereditary Disease Foundation Announces 2017 Leslie Gehry Brenner Prize for Innovation in Science at Symposium and Gala Dinner in New York - A Celebration of 50 Years of Discovery

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The Hereditary Disease Foundation will announce the recipient of the 2017 Leslie Gehry Brenner Prize for Innovation in Science at its 50th Anniversary Symposium and Gala on Monday, November 6, 2017, at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.  Symposium at 6pm, Reception at 7pm, Dinner/Awards Ceremony at 8 p.m.

WHO:  Keynote Address

Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health


Jang-Ho J. Cha, MD, PhD, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Sarah J. Tabrizi, FRCP, PhD, FMedSci, University College London Institute of Neurology

WHAT:  A Celebration of 50 Years of Discovery Symposium and Awards Dinner

WHEN:  Monday, November 6, 2017

WHERE:  The Metropolitan Club, One East 60th St., New York City

The Hereditary Disease Foundation facilitates collaborative and innovative scientific research to further the understanding of Huntington’s disease, a genetic disorder that strikes in early- to mid-adulthood, destroying brain cells, and bringing on severe and progressive declines in personality, cognitive ability, and mobility. As a disease caused by a mistake on a single gene, Huntington’s disease is an ideal model for other brain disorders. Research organized by the Foundation led to the discovery of the genetic marker for Huntington’s disease in 1983. The Foundation organized and funded a decade-long international collaboration of over 100 scientists who discovered the gene that causes Huntington’s in 1993. This work played an important role in the development of the Human Genome Project. For information visit


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