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  • Brilla Charter Schools Network Unveils Louis V. Gerstner III Seton Teaching Fellows House
    November 1, 2023

    On Thursday, October 26, 2023, Brilla Public Charter Schools and their Charter Management Organization, Seton Education Partners, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of the Louis V. Gerstner III Seton Teaching Fellows House in the South Bronx. The Seton Teaching Fellows program is a one to two-year mission opportunity for recent college graduates to serve children in underserved communities in both the classroom, as teacher aides, and by running El Camino, Seton’s after-school faith formation program. The building was named in honor of Louis V. Gerstner III, the late son of Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. and former President of the Gerstner Family Foundation, who was a life-long champion of opportunities to pursue a high-quality education for under-privileged children. In addition to the Seton Teaching Fellows House, Brilla unveiled a newly renovated gym for the students of Brilla College Prep, and dedicated network offices for the organization. Support for the renovations came from Gerstner Philanthropies, the W. E. Simon Foundation and the Robert and Kate Niehaus Foundation.

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  • GSK Awards 2023 Chairman’s Prize

    Chi Nguyen, a PhD student attending the Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSK), has been awarded the 2023 Chairman’s Prize. The $2,000 prize recognizes Nguyen's research on interactions between environmental factors, gut microbiota, and the immune system in acute graft-versus-host disease following allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT). “Microbiota” refers to the fungi, bacteria and viruses that live in the intestines and play a pivotal role in regulating the immune system. Little is known about how different medications can impact this microbiota. Nguyen’s research aims to give physicians a better understanding of how they can protect the gut health of patients with cancer while they are undergoing treatment. Nguyen conducted her research under the mentorship of Marcel van den Brink, MD, PhD, Head of the Division of Hematologic Malignancies, who also has a lab in the Immunology Program at the Sloan Kettering Institute (SKI). Of her research, Dr. van den Brink shared: “Chi was very brave to engage in this project, which was purely computational biology. Her background in this field was limited when she joined my lab. Therefore, I am even more proud of her accomplishments.” Nguyen was born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam, and moved to the United States to attend Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. In 2018, after graduation, she moved to New York City to pursue graduate school with an eye on cancer research. “My parents have always inspired a sense of curiosity in me,” says Nguyen. “Curiosity about the natural world, biology, and how things work.”

  • Mayo Clinic Names 2023 Recipients of Gerstner Family Career Development Awards

    The Mayo Clinic has announced the 2023 recipients of the Gerstner Family Career Development Awards. These awards are presented annually to researchers conducting innovative investigations to predict, prevent, treat, and cure diseases using individualized medicine approaches. This year, physician scientist Patrizia Mondello, M.D.,Ph.D., M.Sc., and medical oncologist Ryan Carr, M.D., Ph.D., have been selected to further develop their research in treating follicular lymphoma and pancreatic cancer resistance, respectively. For these studies, both of which aim to improve the outcomes for patients facing resistant forms of cancer, securing funding in these earliest stages is crucial.

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  • WSJ OP-ED: Stop Homelessness Before It Starts
    June 30, 2023

    In a recent OP-ED published by the Wall Street Journal, Gerstner Philanthropies founder and Chairman, Louis. V. Gerstner, Jr., highlights the important role one-time emergency financial assistance can play in preventing homelessness. "Shelter services for a family in New York City cost $191 a day, or nearly $70,000 a year, according to the mayor’s office. That adds up to a total annual cost of $1.2 billion," Gerstner writes. "The best way to help is by preventing homelessness in the first place. Gerstner Philanthropies has spent more than $36 million on a program called Helping Hands. It provides small amounts of money to help otherwise stable people overcome short-term emergencies and stay out of shelters."

  • MSK 2022 Annual Report: The Special Calling of Physician-Scientists at MSK

    As highlighted in their newly released annual report, Gerstner Philanthropies is working with Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) to support early career physician-scientists launch careers in the face of the unique challenges that come with juggling the rigors of clinical care and laboratory research. “The development of the Gerstner Physician Scholars Program is critically important to address the shortfall of cancer subspecialists who are highly trained as experts in both clinical care and scientific research, and who can translate their findings from the bench to the bedside, and back,” says Monika Shah, MD, Deputy Physician-in-Chief of Education and Faculty Affairs at MSK.