The UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery hosted approximately 60 guests on October 28, 2010, at Bone Health Across the Lifespan, a reception featuring Orthopaedic Hospital Research Center (OHRC) faculty members Dr. Deborah Kado, Dr. Deborah Krakow and Dr. Aurelia Nattiv. The presentations highlighted innovative research in stress fractures in female athletes, in-utero bone deformities and healthy aging.
The Fifth Annual Lunch with the Scientists took place on February 9, 2011. Members of the Executive Advisory Board of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center gathered with friends of UCLA to hear the results of research funded by the board. Dr. Janet Pregler, the center’s director, organizes this event. The group has contributed $600,000 to university-wide pilot projects that investigate women’s-health topics ranging from new treatments for breast and lung cancer to the effects of yoga on stress, leading to more than $5 million in National Institutes of Health funding.
In March 2011, a ribbon-cutting event was held to celebrate the new partnership between The Chase Foundation and the Child Life/Child Development Program at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Susan and Robin Richards, through The Chase Foundation, gave more than $2 million to name the Chase Child Life Program, housed on the fifth floor of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Made in memory of their son, Chase Richards, this gift provides additional funding to expand and enhance the services provided to pediatric patients. The foundation also provided a generous gift to create the Chase Family Healing Garden, an area for play and educational therapy that will be located on the Tisch Family Children’s Terrace.
In April 2011, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA board members J.R. DeLang and Mark Sear hosted the Sixth Annual No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament at Fox Studios benefiting the hospital. The event has raised more than $800,000 since its inception.
Proceeds from the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation’s annual Taste for a Cure signature event, held on April 15, 2011, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, benefited the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. The evening featured premier wines and local dishes from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. David Nevins, president of Entertainment, Showtime Networks, was honored with the 2011 Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award. Dinner committee co-chairs were Dana Walden, chairman of Twentieth Century Fox Television; Jon Holman, president of The Holman Group; Larry Maguire, president and CEO of Far Niente Winery; and Jay Sures, partner and board member of United Talent Agency.
For more information, visit www.tasteforacure.com.
The 18th Annual Entertainment Industry Foundation Revlon Run/Walk for Women Los Angeles took place on May 7, 2011. The Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program is the leading beneficiary of this annual 5K event, which is the city’s largest fundraiser for women’s cancers.
Today’s and Tomorrow’s Children Fund (TTCF) at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA held its Sixth Annual Faculty and Award Presentation on May 16, 2011. TTCF members each commit a minimum of $5,000 annually to hear presentations from pediatric faculty members and vote on how to distribute their collective funding. In addition, they hear from the previous year’s award winners on the progress of the research projects and see their dollars in action. Kuk-Wha Lee, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatric endocrinology, received the Grand Prize for her work on a potential therapy for Type 1 diabetes.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Oppenheimer joined Dr. Gary Gitnick, Dr. Eric Esrailian and Dr. Emeran Mayer in celebrating the official opening of the Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress on June 14, 2011. The Oppenheimer Center is a program of the UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases.
The 12th Annual Mattel Party on the Pier is scheduled for October 16, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. The event underwrites the vital work of Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA , supporting physicians, programs, and research within the UCLA Department of Pediatrics.
For more information, visit www.partyonthepier.ucla.edu.