Sackler Dean Naomi Rosenberg and Professor Jack Erban honored by Aid for Cancer Research

Aid for Cancer Research

On May 23, 2013, Aid For Cancer Research, in collaboration with Gin and Joe Freeman and Dynasty Runway, celebrated its 65th anniversary at the Marriot Hotel in Boston with a fashion show and luncheon. Two TUSM faculty members were honored at the event.

Aid For Cancer Research (ACR) fundraises for cancer research in the Boston area. The organization was founded—and continues to be led today—by a group of dedicated female volunteers. Because of its flexible structure, ACR is able to respond quickly to requests for equipment, laboratory space, and fellowship funding.

Dr. Naomi Rosenberg, Dean of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and Vice Dean for Research at TUSM, and Dr. Jack Erban, M81, Professor of Medicine at TUSM, were honored at the May 23rd luncheon for their service on ACR’s Medical Advisory Board.

Dr. Rosenberg’s research focused on mechanisms of leukemia development. She developed the first tractable model to study leukemia development in tissue culture—work that paved the way for crucial discoveries regarding the role of the abl gene in chronic myelogenous leukemia. She has served on the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee of the National Institutes of Health, the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute, the Board of Directors of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America, and as a member of the Biomedical Workforce Taskforce, a group reporting to NIH Director Francis Collins.

Dr. Erban is an internationally-renowned expert in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. He is the Clinical Director and Associate Director for Clinical Research at the Tufts Cancer Center, where he is heavily involved in the Center’s Clinical Science Research Program. He is a past President of the Massachusetts Society of Clinical Oncology and is a member of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Breast Cancer Committee.

Aid For Cancer Research gifted Dr. Rosenberg and Dr. Erban with a state-of-the-art inverted microscope capable of displaying Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) in live cells. This generous gift will be an invaluable tool for teams studying cancer and other diseases at TUSM, Tufts Medical Center, and the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.