Amanda Eagle George, Event Co-Chair, Michael Kahn, Chairman, Lana Constantine, Event Co-Chair

The Cary Council, a group of emerging young leaders who support the missions of Southwestern Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern Medical Center, announced grant recipients of funds raised to support early stage research from their second annual “An Evening with DocStars” event, which was held October 25. The Cary Council raised more than $220,000 thanks to sponsors and attendees of this signature event, enabling significant grants to each of the three chosen finalists, or “DocStars.”

“The Cary Council is truly inspiring us in our journey toward greater and greater progress in medicine. Their enthusiasm and leadership talents, combined with their abilities to reach a broader audience, are already demonstrating tremendous and tangible results. We could not be more proud.”– Kathleen M. Gibson, President and CEO, Southwestern Medical Foundation

This year’s finalists, Prasanna Alluri, M.D., Ph.D., David Greenberg, M.D., and Animesh (Aashoo) Tandon, M.D., M.S., were selected by The Cary Council’s Steering Committee from a group of young investigators nominated by David Russell, Ph.D., Vice Provost and Dean of Basic Research, and UT Southwestern leadership.

Kathleen Gibson, President and CEO, Southwestern Medical Foundation, Dr. Prasanna Alluri, Dr. David Greenberg, Dr. Animesh Tandon, Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern Medical Center

“Support for research at its earliest and, by definition, riskiest stage is essential to ultimately finding the means to address the important medical challenges still in need of solutions. In directing the funds it raises to the support of early career investigators willing to undertake this research, The Cary Council increases the promise for life-changing breakthroughs.” – Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dr. Alluri’s research is focused on building targeted therapies to overcome treatment-resistant breast cancer and has already identified a promising drug that inhibits growth of treatment-resistant cells. Dr. Greenberg is addressing the global antibiotic resistance health crisis and is developing a sophisticated computer algorithm to predict whether a strain of bacteria is resistant and discover new forms of resistance. Dr. Tandon is developing life-saving home monitoring techniques for babies with congenital heart disease, which will help to predict future events and prompt faster medical intervention.

“Support for research at its earliest and, by definition, riskiest stage is essential to ultimately finding the means to address the important medical challenges still in need of solutions. In directing the funds it raises to the support of early career investigators willing to undertake this research, The Cary Council increases the promise for life-changing breakthroughs,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern Medical Center.

“The Cary Council is truly inspiring us in our journey toward greater and greater progress in medicine,” said Kathleen M. Gibson, President and CEO of Southwestern Medical Foundation. “Their enthusiasm and leadership talents, combined with their abilities to reach a broader audience, are already demonstrating tremendous and tangible results. We could not be more proud.”

More than 250 guests joined together at UT Southwestern’s new Simulation Center for “An Evening with DocStars.” Described as an event like no other in Dallas, the evening offered attendees the opportunity to mingle with UT Southwestern faculty, including the DocStars finalists. Guests enjoyed two floors of interactive experiences, including role-playing simulation activities like a “Stop the Bleed” challenge, and curiosity stations that showcased some of UT Southwestern’s current research.

By organizing this opportunity to interact with UT Southwestern faculty, students, and simulation technologies, The Cary Council sought to bring academic medicine to life in an engaging way, according to event co-chairs Lana Constantine and Amanda Eagle George.

“The event was interactive – there were activities for those in attendance,” Constantine said. “Not only was it a chance to give back, it was a chance to engage and educate the future leaders of North Texas about the lifesaving research that is going on at UT Southwestern Medical Center.”

2018 DocStars

George agreed. “The young medical investigators need support, and that means capital,” she said. “The DocStars event allows us to energize a new generation of donors to help fund a new generation of medical investigators. This was an amazing opportunity to honor the work of these medical investigators while raising money to further their research.”

The Cary Council is dedicated to advancing the importance of early stage research, in support of Southwestern Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern. Through engaging programming, they are catalyzing a new generation of community leaders and building awareness of the missions of these two institutions. The 2017 DocStars grant recipients, Richard C. Wang, M.D., Ph.D., Jacques Lux, Ph.D., and Sara Piccirillo, Ph.D., are continuing work in their respective projects and have each earned and secured additional funding sources since receiving their awards last year.

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