Basser Research Center for BRCA

Upcoming Events

Join FORCE for a Face to Face Get Together: September

September 14, 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 pm | Lafayette Hill, PA

House of FORCE member Sandy Cohen
This Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) support group is dedicated to people with a BRCA1/2 mutation or related cancer. For more information and to RSVP, contact Katrina Parnacott Katrinap@facingourrisk.org. Directions will be provided upon RSVP.

FORCE Be Empowered Webinar on BRCA and Men: Medical Management and Prostate-Specific Considerations

October 1, 2014, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Webinar
This Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) Be Empowered Webinar will be presented by Basser Research Center genetic counselor Jacquelyn Powers, MS, CGC. Click here for more information and to register for the webinar. Registration is required to participate in the live webinar.

Personalized Medicine and Cancer Screening: Community Educational Forum

November 1, 2014, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm | Ezekiel Baptist Church
5701 Grays Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143
Learn about personalized medicine and how it can be used to tailor the prevention and treatment of breast, colon and lung cancer. Representatives from the Basser Research Center for BRCA will join a dynamic group from Penn Medicine at this event. RSVP to gecapt@mail.med.upenn.edu or (215) 573-4515.

Testing for Cancer Risk in the Jewish Population: A Community Conversation

November 3, 2014, 7:30 pm | The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave @ West 76th Street, New York, NY 10023
Studies show that individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish descent are ten times more likely than the general population to have a mutation in the BRCA genes. Amy Harmon, a Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times journalist, will moderate a panel of medical experts in a lively discussion about this pressing health concern in the Jewish community and will engage the audience in a conversation about the controversial topic of population testing all Ashkenazi Jews for BRCA mutations. Panelists will include Basser Center Executive Director Susan Domchek, MD, Susan Klugman, MD (Program for Jewish Genetic Health) and Rabbi Eddie Reichman, MD (Montefiore). For more information and to register for this event, please visit the JCC of Manhattan

Join FORCE for a Face to Face Get Together: November

November 16, 2014, 1:00 - 3:00 pm | Jefferson University Hospitals

Gibbon Building, West Atrium Conference Room, 2nd Floor, #2135 111 South 11th Street, Philadelphia
This Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) 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.

Past Events 

Joining FORCE's Conference

June 12-14, 2014 | 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. Click here for more information.

Annual Scientific Symposium 2014

Recent Advances in Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genetics

May 6-7, 2014 | University of Pennsylvania
Featuring keynote speaker and Basser Global Prize winner Professor Alan Ashworth, FRS from the Institute for Cancer Research UK. Visit the 2014 Scientific Symposium Facebook album or conference agenda. Watch video recaps from the conference now.

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

April 6, 2014 | Tiferet Bet Israel, Blue Bell, PA
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.

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

March 24, 2014 | Downington, PA
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
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 | White Lotus Center, Bryn Mawr, PA

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 12, 2014 | 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 in 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.

Decoding Annie Parker Movie Screening

September 17, 2013 | Los Angeles
October 2, 2013 | 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

September 8, 2013 | Lafayette Hill, PA

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

May 5, 2013 | 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

April 16, 2013 | University of Pennsylvania
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

March 24, 2013 | 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

February 23, 2013 | 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

February 10,2013 | 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

November 13, 2012 | 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

October 8, 2012 | 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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