Dr. Powel Brown announced as keynote speaker for 4th annual benefit, Pink!

Susan G. Komen® Austin announces Dr. Powel Brown as keynote speaker for 4th annual benefit, Pink!

AUSTIN, Texas –  April 6, 2015 –  Susan G. Komen® Austin announces Dr. Powel Brown as the keynote speaker for their 4th annual benefit, Pink! to be held on April 24th at the Hyatt Regency. Dr. Brown is a breast medical oncologist, and a Komen funded researcher. He will speak on the many strides that have been made to better diagnose and treat breast cancer and the hope that lies ahead to end the disease. Every major advance in the fight against breast cancer has been touched by Susan G. Komen®. To-date the organization has invested more than $847 million, making it second only to the federal government in breast cancer research funding.

Pink! is co-chaired by Karen Shultz and Jennifer Stevens and is presented by Texas Breast Specialists and Texas Oncology. This signature event for the Austin affiliate of Susan G. Komen raises critical dollars for breast health services locally and more research studies globally. In the last five years alone, Komen Austin has provided close to 32,000 services to women and men in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays Travis and Williamson Counties. The organization is committed to saving lives locally by removing barriers to care for uninsured and underinsured community members.

“With one in eight women battling breast cancer in her lifetime, most in our community have been personally affected by this devastating disease,” says Karen Shultz, Pink! co-chair and interim executive director at Komen Austin. “We are excited to have Dr. Brown at our event. His contribution to breast cancer therapies and prevention research is significant.  We are pleased to have him share how research has impacted the way we view and treat this disease.”

“Pink! will raise awareness of the impact Komen Austin is making locally and globally in services and research for breast cancer health,” says Jennifer Stevens, Pink! co-chair and Komen Austin board president. “Pink! is an opportunity to come together and raise funds to support the organization’s investment in our community and our mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever.”

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About Powel Brown, MD, PhD
Dr. Brown is a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention at the MD Anderson Center. He holds the John Charles Cain Distinguished Endowed Chair and serves on Susan G. Komen’s Scientific Advisory Board. As a molecular biologist and breast medical oncologist, Dr. Brown is working to identify molecules critical for estrogen receptor (ER)-negative breast cancer growth and development, with the ultimate goal of preventing breast cancer. He was the first to show that retinoids can prevent ER-negative mammary tumors in mice, and that the anti-Her2 drug lapatinib prevents Her2-positive tumors in mice. These preclinical results have led to early phase clinical trials. Dr. Brown is currently focused on developing new ways to treat and prevent “Triple-negative breast cancer”.  His current Komen-funded grant is focused on discovering which kinases and phosphatases are required for breast cancer growth and survival. Ultimately, this research will lead to new ways to treat and prevent breast cancer in the future.

Corporate Sponsors
Texas Breast Specialists/Texas Oncology, AT&T, Lexus of Austin, Pfizer, St. David’s HealthCare/St. David’s Foundation, Texas Fertility Center, Hunter Industries, Texas Orthopedics Sports & Rehabilitation Associates, ATX Event Systems, Arts + Labor, Austin Woman Magazine and Westbank Flower Market.

About Susan G. Komen® Austin
Saving lives locally. Fighting breast cancer globally.
Susan G. Komen® Austin is an Austin-based nonprofit committed to saving lives locally and fighting breast cancer globally. Komen Austin is the only local breast cancer organization attacking the disease on all fronts – education, screening, treatment, follow-up care, survivorship support, advocacy and research. The organization serves the women and men in the city’s five-county area battling breast cancer by removing barriers to care for the uninsured and underinsured. Of the funds raised annually, Komen Austin invests up to 75 percent into local community health care grants and educational initiatives; the remaining 25 percent is invested into global research to find the cures for breast cancer.