North Shore-LIJ Doctors and Feinstein Institute Researcher Honored at the “Moms Who Kick” Annual Gala

GARDEN CITY, NY – Annette Lee, PhD, associate investigator at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and Iuliana Shapira, MD, director of the Cancer Genetics Program at the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Monter Cancer Center, were honored last night at the Moms Who Kick Inc gala “Performance 2013-Fitness in Motion” at a Garden City Hotel.

Drs. Lee and Shapira were honored for their work in breast and ovarian cancer, and more specifically their efforts to discover and validate new biomarkers for early detection, prediction of disease course and outcome, treatment response, and risk of relapse in breast and/or ovarian cancer. Preliminary results of their studies have been presented at a number of national and international meetings. For example, they presented data this past year at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting, which showed a genetic marker embedded in deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), called microRNA, indicates if a patient with ovarian cancer has a benign or cancerous tumor and that she will benefit from chemotherapy after surgery on the tumor. And at the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, Drs. Lee and Shapira presented data which showed they discovered a potential explanation for why breast cancer is not experienced the same way with African American and Caucasian patients, and that there are four main subtypes of breast cancer, one of which has distinct similarities to ovarian cancer. Their efforts to simultaneously study both breast and ovarian cancer place their research at the forefront of breast cancer research.

Moms Who Kick has pledged a portion of the 2013 calendar campaign to benefit the research conducted by Drs. Lee and Shapira. Moms Who Kick is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research and to support women’s health. Their annual gala is held to celebrate breast cancer survivors and women affected by cancer. Featuring fit and active moms, many who are breast cancer survivors, along with their bios, cancer awareness tips and tributes, the Moms Who Kick annual calendar was unveiled at the gala. The moms who are featured in the calendar also participated in a fashion show. The event also included a cocktail hour with open bar, seated dinner, dessert, raffle, door prizes, an auction and dancing.

About The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Headquartered in Manhasset, NY, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is home to international scientific leaders in many areas including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, psychiatric disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sepsis, human genetics, pulmonary hypertension, leukemia, neuroimmunology, and medicinal chemistry. The Feinstein Institute, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, ranks in the top 5th percentile of all National Institutes of Health grants awarded to research centers. For more information visit

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