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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Scientists, researchers from all parts of the world are marvellous. Their insights and dedication help find solutions and fascinating outlooks for the citizens of the globe.

Thank you for all the hard work you do and for you genius. I just wish I had the brilliance to have trained to work in a scientific field.

I wonder how it is , it seems non of the royal families seems to get cancer these days ? Is there a cancer treatment they know about ,being kept from the public at large?

You are ALL sooooooo Awesome!!!!! Thank You for doing all that you do!!! Keep up the GREAT work!!! It is so very much Appreciated!!! THANK YOU!!!

I'm always reading very positive things about Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Thank you for your dedication, hard work and compassion. And it's nice to see that individuals who have such brilliant minds aren't above having some fun!

Thank-you all for rocking the world and leading the fight against cancer. This is the most important work a person can do. Thank-you for fighting the great fight!

All living beings have been touched directly or indirectly by this scourge. We are all deeply in your debt for your tireless and selfless work.

You are modern day heroes whom for whom we have the deepest respect and admiration.

All of us that work in the medical field rarely realize that we are just the vessels in administering some of the work made possible by the unseen visionaries!


Well done all who make new discoveries. Without knowledge mankind would be the poorer.

Well done all who make new discoveries. Without knowledge mankind would be the poorer. All your work has meant many have had the chance to see children grow up and share happy times.

thank you for all you do.

congratulations... would be even better if the funding of research intended to find alternative ways of research and end cruelty in the methods.

Thank you for all the good work you do.

As a cancer survivor, you rocked my world!

Thank you all for all the hard work. You all make all the difference and I hope this will help a little bit to put the recognition in the right place.

It amazing what you guys have done! Good job!

Thank You

Thank u so much for ur past accomplishments and ur dedication to continuing yr life saving work.

Very, very cool!!!

My sister resides in the USA and is being treated for cancer. Thank you caring and all your hard work.

Rock On!!!

Thanks for all of your dedication and hard work in contributing to the welfare of so many.

Thanks for your dedication and hard work. do rock!

thanks, you do rock!

Thank You!! :) You All Rock!!

Thank you for your dedication.Weed works. :-)

Thank you all for the time and effort in the amazing work that you do! The fight against cancer is not an easy one but your committment to the cause and devotion to people who suffer from cancer, are to be marvelled. I hope that you receive increased funding and Government Grants to help you to achieve your goals. Shine on little rock stars!

And you all look so good as rock stars!

thank you!!

thank you!!

Ya' ll are super and rock on!! I've lost a lot of family members,husband and close friends to cancer I'm beginning to feel like Reapers personal friend here. But you are doing a great deed no matter my loses. Thanks a million.

Your work is amazing and a true blessing from God. The world needs more Rock Stars like you. Because of your work so many lives will be saved and changed forever. God Bless You and I truly wish you every continued success.

THANK YOU for what you are doing with your lives!!

THANK YOU for what you are doing with your lives!!!

In a world that children call sports players hero its time for them to see the REAL HERO'S and you ARE the type of role models children will see as the true hero's

Without you guys, we would still be livibg in caves and riding horses. keep up the good work!

Thank you for caring, and for taking action!

I admire and support positive research I myself hope to become a future researcher. Thank you

As the wife & business partner of biologist involved with field research, I not only appreciate the efforts of these research scientists but also applaud the recognition they are receiving as part of this campaign. This work is hard!

great job!

So much work and the competition is ferocious but the goal! New knowledge,new treatments, better prevention. Rock on.

Share this with the kids in school.

Your generous hearts and all the work behind what you's are doing is dearly appreciated by all. It just floors me when wealthy, very wealthy & the greedy haggle about giving money to a needed cause.
It seems that they always want something back for the giving.
How & Why is that??????
The groups like yourselves are truly genuine in heart, mind and soul. Thanks for all you do.

I'd like to know when more people will do the same, this kind of actions can make our world more good. I wish all of you all the best from the bottom of my hart !