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Annual Program Book 2018-2019

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17 Featured in Northwestern Medicine's The Philanthropist Longstanding Partnerships We are grateful to our dedicated supporters who remain loyal to the vision and mission of Northwestern Medicine. Enduring philanthropy allows for influential scientific breakthroughs and important programmatic advances. Lasting relationships with committed donors help to shape our medical school and healthcare system in a truly meaningful way. "The need for personalized therapies in the area of GI cancers is desperate. We believe in the enormous potential of this investment." — Katie Wales, executive director of the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation SEQUENCE EVALUATE TREAT The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation, a longtime supporter of gastrointestinal (GI) cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, has committed $1.5 million to renew its support of Northwestern and to initiate the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation GI Cancer OncoSET Program at the Lurie Cancer Center. The program will help to advance the development of novel clinical trials in GI cancers, as well as crucial translational (bench-to-bedside) research and genomic profiling activities. The Lurie Cancer Center's GI Cancer OncoSET is a part of the overall OncoSET Program, the flagship clinical and research program at the Lurie Cancer Center that was launched in 2015 as our commitment to precision medicine. Through an innovative three-step process —Sequence, Evaluate, Treat—the program combines oncology with genomic sequencing to provide cutting-edge cancer care, which is personalized for each patient. By identifying the unique features of a patient's tumor, physicians can offer treatment plans that better target specific genetic abnormalities. On a broader scale, through collection and analysis of extensive genomic data, OncoSET informs ongoing cancer drug discovery and helps to advance pre-clinical research not only at Northwestern, but around the world. "This is truly a remarkable commitment from the Eisenberg Foundation, and we thank you," said Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD, director of the Lurie Cancer Center and Jesse, Sara, Andrew, Abigail, Benjamin and Elizabeth Lurie Professor of Oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "There have been so many advances that are allowing us to do amazing things. Differentiating cancers by sequencing tumors is something we could not have done just a few years ago." The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation (HEEF) was founded to honor the life and legacy of Harold (Hal) Eisenberg, a leader in the world of real estate, who passed away suddenly from liver cancer in 1999. In addition to providing hands-on educational programming for real estate students, HEEF is dedicated to funding breakthrough GI cancer research at the Lurie Cancer Center. "We have developed a true partnership with Northwestern," said Peter Eisenberg, president of HEEF and son of the late Harold E. Eisenberg. "We are excited about the progress we have been able to support and excited for propelling even more. All of the pieces are in place for an incredible future working together." This latest commitment will open new doors at the Lurie Cancer Center, following in the footsteps of the Foundation's other impactful philanthropic gifts totaling $3 million at Northwestern. Gathered for the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation annual meeting at the Lurie Cancer Center, from left to right: Dr. Al Benson; Devalingam Mehelingam, MBBChBAO, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology; Sui Huang, MD, PhD, associate professor of Cell and Molecular Biology and the 2018-2019 Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation Research Scholar; Katie Wales; Peter Eisenberg; Sheila Eisenberg, wife of the late Harold E. Eisenberg; and Dr. Leonidas Platanias. Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation

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