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Action against cancer takes many forms, and progress comes when we push the limits of what's possible. David Baltimore, a Nobel laureate and founding member of MIT’s Center for Cancer Research (the predecessor of the Koch Institute), worked tirelessly with his colleagues in an old candy factory, scrutinizing one gene at a time for clues to cancer's origins. His pioneering discoveries laid the groundwork for today’s researchers, like Koch Institute member Michael Hemann. Hemann uses newer, faster, higher-volume screening methods and computational models to identify combination therapies that target blood and other cancers to overcome drug resistance. John Whitaker founded the Go Mitch Go Foundation in response to his son’s heroic battle with childhood leukemia, to support endurance athletes in raising money for leukemia and lymphoma research. Together, these visionaries exemplify passion and perseverance—both in and outside the lab.
Watch the evening's presentations below, and view photos from the event on our Facebook page.
Moderated by KI faculty member Phillip A. Sharp, Nobel laureate, MIT Institute Professor, and founding member of MIT's Center for Cancer Research