Preparation for ACE 2017 Kicks Off to a Great Start

This past month, The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) proudly began the planning process for ACE 2017 with an exciting and productive meeting at the Chicago Botanic Garden. ACE Co-Chairs Melissa David and Laura Koh were both in attendance, as well as over thirty ACE committee members. The group gathered to discuss plans for the 33rd annual event which will once again be held on the Garden’s exquisite grounds.

Also in attendance were a line-up of ACE guest speakers. Dr. Karen Kaul, Chairman of the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at NorthShore, and Dr. Mark Dunnenberger, Program Director, Pharmacogenomics at NorthShore, both spoke about the significant effect ACE contributions have had on their research. The doctors were then presented with a $185,000 check from last year’s proceeds by ACE 2016 Co-Chairs, Debbie Kerr and Dana Turban.

Guest artists and ACE veterans Sandra and Winthrop Byers gave a presentation on their unique artistic processes as well as a demonstration on how some of their pieces are crafted. The couple has been exhibiting at ACE for over 20 years and gladly made the trip down from their rural Wisconsin studio to speak at the event. The two expressed their gratitude to ACE for the continuing privilege of exhibiting their work, and said that it felt like coming home to family.

Proceeds from this year’s ACE will support both pharmacogenomics research at the NorthShore Center for Personalzied Medicine and orthopaedic regenerative medicine research at the NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute.

Researchers at the Pharmacogenomics Clinic work to analyze and predict how patients react to different medications based on pre-existing genetic variations. Data from these studies can then be used to further customize patient medical treatments, ensuring that patients receive the correct drug and dose to minimize side effects and adverse reactions.

NorthShore’s Orthopaedic Regenerative Medicine research initiative explores the possibilities of stem cells, growth factors, and innovative scaffolds to treat cartilage, bone, and soft tissue injuries. The goal is to help the body harness its own healing capabilities to restore pain-free activity and an active lifestyle.

The ACE committee is thrilled by the opportunity to continue to support research at NorthShore, and this enthusiasm was infectious at the kick-off event. Stay tuned for ACE news and updates as the Co-Chairs and Show Directors continue to prepare for another great show!

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