Pictured above: Rachel Rosenstein, M.D., Ph.D.
The Cannata Report’s 36th Anniversary Awards & Charities Gala on November 4, 2021, sponsored by Hytec Dealer Services and ConnectWise, will continue in its tradition of recent years, and for the sixth year in a row, benefit Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center which raises crucial funds to benefit much-needed research, team member needs and equipment.
This year’s Gala—themed Start Me Up—will raise funds to support research conducted at Hackensack Meridian’s John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center by Rachel Rosenstein, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Rosenstein is researching chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a condition that occurs after an allogeneic bone marrow transplant, when transplanted donor cells (graft) perceive the patient’s body (host) as foreign and attack the patient’s tissue. She is currently conducting studies to analyze the expression profiles of individual cells within skin from patients with GVHD.
Allogeneic bone marrow transplantation is used to treat a wide array of conditions including blood cancers, aplastic anemia, and sickle cell disease, as well as others. Dr. Rosenstein’s goals are to identify new diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers of GVHD as well as therapeutic targets to help alleviate this potentially highly morbid complication of bone marrow transplantation.
“I am so honored that The Cannata Report has chosen to donate proceeds from its annual gala to benefit vital research into GVHD at John Theurer Cancer Center,” said Dr. Rosenstein. “GVHD can have a variety of disease manifestations in many different organs, and most commonly affects the skin. Although there are now various treatment options for chronic GVHD, they do not uniformly work in all patients and for all disease manifestations, so this research will allow us to better understand what signals promote the disease onset and progression in the skin and how to best treat it.”
Dr. Rosenstein is a highly accomplished scientist who completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University, her medical and graduate school training at Yale University, for a clinical fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. At Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH), Dr. Rosenstein has a split role like other physician-scientists: clinical work at Hackensack University Medical Center and a research portfolio at Hackensack Meridian Health’s research enterprise, the Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI).
“We had the good fortune to meet Dr. Rosenstein, and she is brilliant. Graft-versus-host disease is high on the list of medical problems that need to be addressed. If this research proves to be successful, it will lead to effective therapeutics and could prove to be transformational in the world of medicine,” said Frank G. Cannata, founder and editor-at-large of The Cannata Report.
To date, The Cannata Report has raised more than $1.1 million through its Annual Awards & Charities Gala for Hackensack University Medical CenterHUMC Foundation. In 2013, The Cannata Report raised funds in partnership with the V Foundation for Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation. After that, it directly donated its event proceeds to benefit cancer research and patient care at Tackle Kids Cancer and John Theurer Cancer Center through memorial endowments.
In 2020, at its Virtual Gala broadcast on YouTube, The Cannata Report raised funds for Hackensack Meridian Health’s Circle of Compassion program that provides compassionate, timely, and equitable financial assistance to team members affected by a disaster or personal monetary hardship. The funds raised provided direct support to first responders during the height of the COVID-19 crisis, including nurses, clinicians, EMS personnel, and other team members..
The Cannata Report’s 36th Anniversary Gala—Start Me Up—will celebrate the independent dealer channel of the office technology industry and acknowledge excellence with the announcement of the winners of the Frank Awards, as determined by The Cannata Report’s Annual Dealer Survey.
The Start Me Up theme will also be the foundation of the Gala’s official After Party, and the 7th Annual Women Influencers Brunch held on November 5. The brunch celebrates the leading female executives featured in The Cannata Report’s Women Influencers issue (July/August 2021).
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