Geoffrey Beene Rock Stars of Science™ Campaign Features Memorial Sloan Kettering Researchers

Pictured: 2012 Rock Stars of Science

(From left) Cancer biologist Johanna Joyce, Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center Chair Scott Lowe, cancer biologist Andrea Ventura, Memorial Sloan Kettering President and CEO Craig Thompson, Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry, Deputy Physician-in-Chief of Breast Cancer Programs Larry Norton, and physician-scientist Ping Chi

The Geoffrey Beene Foundation is featuring six Memorial Sloan Kettering researchers in its current Rock Stars of Science campaign. Now in its third year, the campaign is showcasing scientists exclusively from Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center. The scientists are featured in GQ magazine’s December “Men of the Year” issue, along with Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry, named the founding father of the campaign.

Rock Stars of Science aims to showcase the critical need for funding scientific research. This year’s videos and public service announcements feature Memorial Sloan Kettering President and CEO Craig B. Thompson, Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center Chair Scott W. Lowe, Deputy Physician-in-Chief of Breast Cancer Programs Larry Norton, former Geoffrey Beene Junior Faculty Chair and cancer biologist Johanna Joyce, and current Geoffrey Beene Junior Faculty Chairs cancer biologist Andrea Ventura and physician-scientist Ping Chi.

“The Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center takes a new approach to modern cancer research, with the ultimate goal of translating basic science discoveries into new ways of thinking about treating cancer,” Dr. Lowe says.

Advancing Scientific Research

The Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center was established at Memorial Sloan Kettering in 2006 and has continued to be funded annually by the Geoffrey Beene Foundation and Geoffrey Beene, LLC. The goal of Geoffrey Beene is to provide direct support for revolutionary new cancer research, ultimately making cancer a more manageable, and potentially curable, disease.

More than $126 million to date has been awarded to Memorial Sloan Kettering for the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center and projects pursued by its scientists. The center brings together laboratory investigators from the Sloan Kettering Institute’s Cancer Biology and Genetics Program and physician-scientists from the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program, in an effort to speed the translation of research from the lab to patients in the clinic.

“Our goal is not only to cure patients who have cancer, but ultimately to prevent it,” Dr. Thompson says. “Through its support, the Geoffrey Beene Foundation allows us to recruit the best possible minds in science, and the Rock Stars of Science campaign helps us shine a light on the importance of cancer research.”

Learn more about the Rock Stars of Science and watch videos about their research.


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Keep on Rockin'!

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Thank you for honoring some real heroes!

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As a former researcher who went back to teaching, I can only say "Hail to thee!" Research is time consuming beyond belief, pays very little, given the level of education involved, and is rife with frustration. It is all worth it, however, when a "Eureka!" moment occurs, and new information is proven. Thanks for doing this for the planet!!


Many heroes such as yourselves will never be household words, but we love you just the same!

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Thank you. It sadden's me, that we give more money a week to a footballer than a doctor, scientist, doctor or researcher. And while sit at the alter of Debt, we will never truly be free. So much talent is either wasted or not even recognized. So lets hope this help a little bit in getting the recognition put in the right place.

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I am aware of many accomplishments of scientists in different areas of medical research and applaud and admire each person involved. Each discovery is a step forward to helping pain and suffering especially of a disease that affects everyone. My congratulations and thanks to all people involved worldwide in the research.

My disappointment is, and will continue to be, that much of the research which genuinely works, is not available as it is too expensive, although I do understand the financial limitations. This means that insurance companies and governments will not pay for them.

I am also saddened that international co-operation does not always exist especially with a country such as Israel is boycotted by many scientists despite having some of the most brilliant brains in the world who are happy to share research and do so freely as well as helping people from all around the world, regardless of ethnic or religious origin, for free. There should be no boundaries or limitations just for the sake of publishing a paper or for unwarranted bigotry. In the meantime, I would like to thank and congratulate each person involved in research.

Thank you for all you do.

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Thank you, for the hard work that you all do.

Thank you for making a difference.

Thank you.