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The Judith Ann Lippard Memorial Lecture in Cancer Research

The Sixth Annual Judith Ann Lippard Memorial Lecture in Cancer Research

Friday, November 20, 2020, 12-1 pm
Koch Institute Auditorium (76-156)

Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, FACP
University of Chicago

Dr. Olopade, a board certified internist and medical oncologist, is the Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics, Associate Dean of Global Health and Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics at The University of Chicago.

A global leader in cancer genetics, Dr. Olopade seeks to identify those at risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer earlier in life, intervene aggressively to reduce risk and preempt disease development, and thereby more effectively control cancer.  She studies familial forms of cancers, molecular mechanisms of tumor progression in high-risk individuals as well as genetic and non-genetic factors contributing to tumor progression in diverse populations. Her current laboratory research is focused on using whole genome technologies and bioinformatics to develop innovative approaches to accelerate progress in cancer research and reduce disparities in health outcomes.

Dr. Olopade is an expert in cancer risk assessment and individualized treatment for the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, having developed novel management strategies based on an understanding of the altered genes in individual patients. She stresses comprehensive risk reducing strategies and prevention in high-risk populations, as well as earlier detection through advanced imaging technologies.

Dr. Olopade is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.  She has received numerous honors and awards, including honorary degrees from North Central, Dominican, Bowdoin, and Princeton Universities; MacArthur Foundation Fellowship; Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist and Exceptional Mentor Award; American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship; Officer of the Order of the Niger Award; Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom from Want Award; and the Villanova Mendel Metal Award. She is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians, National Academy of Medicine, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, and currently serves on the board of directors for Cancer IQ, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and MacArthur Foundation.

Dr. Olopade earned her medical degree from the University of Ibadan College of Medicine in Nigeria. She trained in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and in Oncology, Hematology and Cancer Genetics at the Joint Section of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Chicago. 

About the Lecture

Judith LippardThe Judith Ann Lippard Memorial Lecture was established in 2014 in memory of Judy Lippard, the wife of Stephen J. Lippard, the Arthur Amos Noyes Professor of Chemistry at MIT. Judy died of endometrial cancer on September 9, 2013. Steve, Josh, and Alex Lippard, together with countless friends, students, and colleagues created the lecture to honor Judy’s memory and celebrate her remarkable love of life.

The creation of the Judith Ann Lippard Lecture was inspired by a similar lecture, created in 1974 in memory of Judy’s and Steve’s eldest son, Andrew, who died from a neurological disorder at age 7. Over time, the Andrew Mark Lippard Lecture at Columbia University has become one of the preeminent neurology lectures in the world.

The Judith Ann Lippard Lecture brings together the most innovative minds in cancer research from a variety of disciplines—biology, chemistry, engineering, clinical medicine—and features individuals whose research has the possibility to change the face of cancer. The Lippard Lecture also unites two extraordinary cancer centers—MIT’s Koch Institute and the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. In addition to the formal lecture at MIT, the honoree delivers Grand Rounds at MGH, and spends time with trainees, researchers, and physician-scientists at both institutions, thus inspiring the best and brightest young minds to advance cancer therapies.

 

Selection Committee

Tyler Jacks, PhD
Stephen J. Lippard, PhD, ex officio
Daniel A. Haber, MD, PhD
Jonathan Rosand, MD, MSc
Phillip A. Sharp, PhD 

Supporting the Lippard Lectures

To join the Lippard family in celebrating Judy's life and legacy, please contact Lisa Schwarz, Managing Director of Development, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT: 617-324-7399; lms1@mit.edu, or give online.

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