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2014 Genome Circle dinner honors major donors

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The many philanthropists who make the research at HudsonAlpha possible were recoginized at the second annual Genome Circle dinner, Thursday, February 13, at the Jackson Center. The event honors HudsonAlpha donors who contribute $1,000 or more within a calendar year.

Hosting the stewardship event was Carter Wells, HudsonAlpha vice president for economic development. Genome Circle member Shirley McCrary shared with attendees her personal reasons for supporting HudsonAlpha's mission.

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Hundreds support HudsonAlpha research through R-KIDS 5K

Despite the cold, rainy weather, hundreds of runners turned out for the first R-KIDS 5K and 1-mile fun run at the Madison City Schools Stadium Saturday.

Proceeds from the event, organized by Bob Jones High School senior David Gunther, will support HudsonAlpha's pediatric genomics program. This collaborative research effort between HudsonAlpha, UAB and North Alabama Children's Specialists seeks to identify genetic causes of developmental delay in children across the Tennesee Valley.

Fifth annual Tie the Ribbons luncheon highlights ovarian and breast cancer research

Nearly 450 people packed the Jackson Center last Thursday for the fifth annual Tie the Ribbons luncheon.

The event raised funds for current and future HudsonAlpha research on ovarian and breast cancer. 

Debbi Nerstad, a Florence businesswoman, shared her personal experience following a 2010 ovarian cancer diagnosis. Huntsville philanthropist and investor Susy Thurber evoked tears and laughter by recounting her breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent recovery.

Neil Lamb, Ph.D., vice president of educational outreach, was the keynote speaker. He emphasized that it is an exciting time in research as personalized medicine moves into the clinic.

Lamb highlighted breast cancer research underway through a collaborative project between HudsonAlpha and UAB. The project is funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

A portion of this year's Tie the Ribbons proceeds will help fund a collaborative ovarian cancer project between physicians at Huntsville Hospital and scientists at HudsonAlpha. Participants in this new study will include women in the Huntsville community who are currently being treated for ovarian cancer.

This and other research efforts are possible through private support. We'd like to thank the following companies, foundations and individuals for sponsoring the 2013 Tie the Ribbons event:

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R-KIDs 5K to benefit childhood genetic disorders research at HudsonAlpha

When David Gunther of Madison spent last summer working as an intern at resident associate company Conversant Bio, he became very interested in the broad range of research projects underway at HudsonAlpha. The research into childhood genetic disorders inspired him.

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