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P&S Journal: Fall 1997, Vol.17, No.3
P & S News
Carnegie Hall Performance Benefits Brain Tumor Research

Brain tumors affect 40,000 Americans each year, yet few successful treatments exist for this sometimes fatal disease. Though the statistics are grim, that hasn't stopped a small group, which includes the internationally acclaimed Italian mezzosoprano

Cecilia Bartoli, from organizing a benefit recital to support brain tumor research at Columbia.

Ms. Bartoli Ms. Bartoli performs at Carnegie Hall Wednesday, Sept. 24, opening a special evening that includes a gala supper at the Starlight Roof of the Waldorf-Astoria. Ms. Bartoli will perform with her family's group, I Delfici. The performance is underwritten by Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Gallen and Susan and Edward Yawney. Funds from the concert will help endow a research professorship named in honor of neurological surgeon Dr. James G. McMurtry III, professor of clinical neurological surgery.

The group wishes to show appreciation for Dr. McMurtry, who has treated Mrs. Gallen, Mr. Yawney, and a member of Ms. Bartoli's family, and raise money for research. Each year, 350 patients undergo surgery and another 100 patients receive adjuvant treatment for primary brain tumors at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, one of the busiest institutions for brain tumor treatment in the United States.

"A desperate need exists for new therapies to treat brain tumors," says Dr. Jeffrey Bruce, associate professor of neurological surgery and director of the Brain Tumor Research Laboratory. The lab is working on two promising approaches to treating brain tumors. One is an intratumoral infusion system that would deliver antitumor drugs directly to the site of the malignancy. The other project, which is probably several years from application in humans, is a gene therapy protocol that may result in a vaccine for brain tumors.

"Our research laboratory is dedicated to developing promising new treatments through basic science to apply to patients," says Dr. Bruce. "The proceeds from this concert will go toward the continued work on those projects with the most potential for helping patients."

More information about the Cecilia Bartoli performance at Carnegie Hall or about brain tumor research at Columbia can be requested from Sande Elinson in Columbia Health Sciences Development, (212) 304-7200.

Because of space constraints, results of this year's residency match will appear in the Winter 1998 issue of P&S Journal.

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