Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of "The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer," to keynote Silent Spring Institute’s October 20th annual gala on breast cancer prevention research

September 28, 2015
Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee

NEWTON, Mass. September 28, 2015 — Oncologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee will deliver the keynote address at Silent Spring Institute’s annual gala on October 20th at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass. The dinner event celebrates the institute’s remarkable scientific achievements over the past year while identifying the next important wave of environmental research to prevent breast cancer.

Siddhartha Mukherjee is a leading cancer physician and researcher at Columbia University. His book, "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer," tells the story of a disease that has plagued humanity for thousands of years, from its first description in ancient Egypt to today’s cutting-edge research labs. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 2011. In March 2015, PBS aired a six-hour documentary series based on the book and produced by Ken Burns.

“When you look at the history of cancer, it’s clear we’ve have come a long way in our understanding of this enormously complex disease. But, history also reminds us that to truly lift the burden of cancer, we must make prevention a priority,” says Julia Brody, Silent Spring’s executive director and senior scientist. Brody will give an update on the organization’s innovative research, specifically its development of new ultra-fast chemical screening technologies to speed up the identification of toxic chemicals in our everyday environment.

The dinner program will also include the presentation of the institute’s Rachel Carson Advocacy Award to Enid Shapiro, a local social worker, community leader, and long-time advocate of prevention research, and to Dr. John Erban, Clinical Director at Tufts Cancer Center and member of Silent Spring’s board of directors.

Founded in 1994 and located in Newton, Mass., Silent Spring Institute (silentspring.org) is the leading scientific research organization dedicated to understanding the link between chemicals in our everyday environments and women's health, especially breast cancer. Silent Spring’s groundbreaking studies produce new knowledge about the health risks associated with toxic chemicals where we live and work—an area of study largely ignored in breast cancer research. The institute is also developing new technologies and methods to reduce people’s everyday exposure to toxic chemicals.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://silentspring.org/events/gala-celebration.