The Judith Ann Lippard Lecture brings together the most innovative minds in cancer research from a variety of disciplines—biology, chemistry, engineering, clini
Judith (Judy) Lippard died of endometrial cancer on September 9, 2013. In 2014, to honor and celebrate her remarkable love of life, her husband, chemistry professor emeritus Stephen J. Lippard, and his sons – Josh, and Alex Lippard, together with countless friends, students, and colleagues established the Judith Ann Lippard Memorial Lectureship.
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.
This year’s named speaker is Ronny Drapkin, MD, PhD. Dr. Ronny Drapkin is the Franklin Payne Associate Professor of Pathology in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) – Perelman School of Medicine. He serves as the director of the Ovarian Cancer Research Center, the director of Gynecological Cancer Research at the Basser Center for BRCA, and the director of the newly awarded Translational Center of Excellence in Ovarian Cancer. His research, teaching, and clinical activities focus on understanding the pathogenesis and genetic alterations involved in women’s cancers, with the intent to translate these important biological principles into clinically useful diagnostic and therapeutic tools.