Basser Research Center for BRCA


Basser Research Center Events

Joining FORCE's Conference

June 12-14, 2014
Marriot Hotel, downtown Philadelphia
Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered will hold their 8th Joining FORCE's conference in Philadelphia in collaboration with the Basser Research Center for BRCA. Join the BRCA Beat for updates on the Joining FORCE's conference.

 

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk – What You Need to Know

April 6th, 2014, 1:00-3:00 pm
Tiferet Bet Israel 1920 Skippack Pike Blue Bell, PA 19422

A FREE community education event aimed at increasing awareness of BRCA1/2 in the Ashkenazi Jewish community. 1 in 40 individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry carries a BRCA mutation. During our free March educational event, Rebecca Mueller, MS, CGC, CCRC of the University of Pennsylvania’s Basser Research Center for BRCA, will help you learn who is at risk for carrying a BRCA gene mutation as well as explaining the process of genetic counseling and including the criteria for, and insurance coverage of, the testing. She will also help you develop strategies for talking about genetic risk and test results with family and friends. This program is a partnership between LBBC and the University of Pennsylvania’s Basser Research Center for BRCA. It is made possible by a generous grant from Women of Vision of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Philadelphia. Register online by April 1st at the event page or by calling (855) 807-6386. Walk-ins are welcome. Snacks and refreshments are provided.

 

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk – What You Need to Know

March 30th, 2014, 1:00-3:00 pm
Main Line Reform Temple 410 Montgomery Ave Wynnewood, PA 19096

A FREE community education event aimed at increasing awareness of BRCA1/2 in the Ashkenazi Jewish community. 1 in 40 individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry carries a BRCA mutation. During our free March educational event, Rebecca Mueller, MS, CGC, CCRC of the University of Pennsylvania’s Basser Research Center for BRCA, will help you learn who is at risk for carrying a BRCA gene mutation as well as explaining the process of genetic counseling and including the criteria for, and insurance coverage of, the testing. She will also help you develop strategies for talking about genetic risk and test results with family and friends. This program is a partnership between LBBC and the University of Pennsylvania’s Basser Research Center for BRCA. It is made possible by a generous grant from Women of Vision of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Philadelphia. Register online by March 26 at lbbc.org/Events or by calling (855) 807-6386. Walk-ins are welcome. Snacks and refreshments are provided.

 

Join FORCE and the Basser Center for a Face to Face Get Together: March

March 24, 2014, 6:00-8:30pm
Empower Physical Therapy, 150 East Pennsylvania Ave. Downingtown, PA 19335

A physical therapist will be discussing pelvic floor issues associated with oophorectomy and hysterectomy, as well as exercises for physical therapy that are available to deal with these issues.

Please click here for more details

 

Unveiling of the Homologous Hope sculpture at the Basser Research Center for BRCA

March 12, 2014
The Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine

On Wednesday, March 12, 2014 the Basser Research Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center held a celebration to formally unveil "Homologous Hope," the large-scale piece created especially for the Basser Center by internationally renowned artist Mara G. Haseltine. Weighing over 500 pounds and suspended from the glass atrium in the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, the sculpture uses LED lights to illustrate how a healthy cell repairs DNA that causes breast, ovarian, prostate and pancreatic cancers. Created in a ribbon-diagram formation, it is an accurate depiction of the part of the BRCA2 gene that is responsible for DNA repair. Nearly 70 attendees gathered to celebrate the sculpture that represents the hope that the establishment of the Basser Center is giving to countless families and their loved ones. This special event included remarks from Ralph W. Muller, CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Chi V. Dang, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Abramson Cancer Center, Mara G. Haseltine, and Mindy and Jon Gray, Founders of the Basser Center. 6ABC and PHL17 also reported on the unveiling of the Homologous Hope sculpture.

Please click here for more pictures of this and all events at the Abramson Cancer Center.

Click here to watch the time lapse video installation of the sculpture.

Join FORCE and the Basser Center for a Face to Face Get Together: February

February 9, 2014, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
White Lotus Center 1026 W. Lancaster Ave. Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Meet with Rebecca Mueller, Basser Research Center Genetic Counselor, FORCE Volunteers and Members, Dory Ellen Fish, acupuncturist. Learn from other people who are navigating the hereditary cancer path. Help someone else by sharing your story. This is a great chance to meet some local area FORCE members and/or catch up with those you’ve met at previous get-togethers.

Please click here for more details

 

Fitting Into Your Genes: Jewish Genetic Diseases - Data, Dilemmas, and Decisions

January 12th, 2013, 10:30am-12:30pm
Har Zion Temple, Penn Valley, PA

Har Zion Temple, The Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases, Jewish Family & Children's Service, and Emily's Entourage will co-sponsor this program with screening for 19 Jewish Genetic Diseases to follow until 3:00pm.

Panelists include Jill Stopfer, Senior Genetic Counselor from Penn's Basser Research Center for BRCA and others.

  • For more information on genetic diseases in the Jewish community, click here.

  

BRCA1/2 National Jewish Awareness Campaign Events: Empower Yourself with Knowledge

The Basser Research Center for BRCA is leading a national campaign to increase awareness of BRCA1/2 in the Jewish community. Individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry are disproportionately affected by BRCA1/2mutations, with 1 n 40 estimated to carry a mutation. Look for posters in your synagogues and attend an awareness event, or watch the NYC program here.

Visit PennMedicine.org/Basser/Ashkenazi to learn more.

Basser Scientific Seminar Series

First Friday of the Month from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Smilow Center for Translational Research
(Enter through Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine)

A monthly scientific seminar for clinicians and researchers featuring scientific presentations on the latest advances in BRCA-related research. Click here for more information

Decoding Annie Parker Movie Screening

September 17th - Los Angeles 
October 2nd  - Philadelphia
 

Join us on the red carpet for the screening of Decoding Annie Parker, a movie highlighting a brave young woman's battle with breast cancer, and have the opportunity to learn from the expert panel that will speak after the film, including Dr. Susan Domchek.  Organized by FORCE, there will also be screenings in Washington, DC and Palm Beach, FL. For more information, click here.    

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group

Sunday September 8, 2013 from 2:00pm - 4:00 p.m.
William Jeanes Library

4051 Joshua Road, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
In partnership with Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), this support group is for individuals and families facing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. To RSVP contact Sandy Cohen at sandrac@facingourrisk.org or 866-288-7475, ext.706.

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group

Sunday, May 5th, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Doylestown Hospital
In partnership with Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), this support group is dedicated to people with a BRCA1/2 mutation or related cancer. For more information and to RSVP, contact Katrina Parnacott at Katrinap@facingourrisk.org. Find additional support meetings around the country by clicking here.

Recent Advances in Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genetics Update

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
University of Pennsylvania, Biomedical Research Building
A regional conference for physicians, genetic counselors, and healthcare providers who care for individuals and families with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. For more information, contact basserinfo@uphs.upenn.edu or click here.

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer in the Jewish Community

Sunday, March 24th, 2013 9:00 a.m.
Congregation Beth Emeth
Wilmington, DE

A presentation on the high prevalence of BRCA1/2 in the Jewish community by an individual who carries a BRCA mutation and Basser Genetic Counselor, Rebecca Mueller, MS, CGC. To coordinate a presentation at your synagogue or community center, click here. (go to Rebecca.mueller@uphs.upenn.edu).

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group

Saturday February 23, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Penn Medicine at Radnor
In partnership with Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), this support group is dedicated to people with a BRCA1/2 mutation or related cancer.

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group

Sunday November 10, 2012 from 2:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Penn Medicine at Radnor
In partnership with Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), this support group is dedicated to people with a BRCA1/2 mutation or related cancer.

Basser Research Center New York Opening

Tuesday November 13, 2012 6:00 p.m.
Penn Club, New York, NY
A celebration of the establishment of The Basser Research Center for BRCA, honoring Mindy Basser Gray and Jonathan David Gray for their generous contributions to Penn Medicine. Nearly 200 people attended a celebration in New York for the establishment of the Basser Research Center for BRCA, a center focused solely on the prevention and treatment of cancers that are associated with heritable BRCA mutations. Click here for more photos of the opening event.


Caption: (Left to right) Susan Domchek, MD with Mindy and Jon Gray at the New York opening of the Basser Research Center for BRCA.

Basser Research Center Philadelphia Opening

Monday October 8, 2012 6:00 p.m.
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
A celebration of the establishment of The Basser Research Center for BRCA, honoring Mindy Basser Gray and Jonathan David Gray for their generous contributions to Penn Medicine. Over 200 people attended the celebration of the new center focused solely on the prevention and treatment of cancers that are associated with heritable BRCA mutations. Click here for more photos from the opening event.


Caption: (Left to right) Chi Dang, MD, PhD, Susan Domchek, MD, Mindy and Jon Gray, Amy Gutman, PhD, and J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD at the Philadelphia opening of the Basser Research Center for BRCA.

 



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