Affair: Celebration of Discovery Benefit Symposium and Dinner
When: Monday, November 7, 2016 @ 6PM
Hot Spot: Metropolitan Club, NYC
Deets: The Hereditary Disease Foundation, which is dedicated to finding treatments and cures for Huntington’s disease and other devastating brain disorders that impact millions of people in the United States and worldwide, will hold its ‘Celebration of Discovery’ Benefit Symposium and Dinner on Monday, November 7, 2016, with the Symposium starting at 6 p.m., Cocktails at 7PM, and Dinner and Entertainment at 8PM.
Established in 1968, the Hereditary Disease Foundation facilitates collaborative and innovative scientific research to further the understanding of Huntington’s disease, a genetic disorder that strikes in early- to mid-adulthood, destroying brain cells, and bringing on severe and progressive declines in personality, cognitive ability, and mobility. As a disease caused by a mistake on a single gene, Huntington’s disease is an ideal model for other brain disorders. Progress toward treatments and cures for Huntington’s disease will help identify treatments for other illnesses, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Research organized by the Foundation led to the discovery of the genetic marker for Huntington’s disease in 1983. The Foundation organized and funded a decade-long international collaboration of over 100 scientists who discovered the gene that causes Huntington’s in 1993. This work played an important role in the development of the Human Genome Project.