Women & Science

Understanding Addictions

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Registration  11:30 a.m.
Lecture  Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Luncheon   1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium, 1230 York Avenue at East 66th Street


Mary Jeanne Kreek, M.D.
Patrick E. and Beatrice M. Haggerty Professor
Laboratory of the Biology of Addictive Diseases


Laura Landro
Assistant Managing Editor and Columnist
The Wall Street Journal


Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Ph.D.
President and Carson Family Professor
The Rockefeller University


Genes, Molecular Neurobiology, Behavior, and New Treatment Insights

Mary Jeanne KreekAs a woman who chose a career in medical research in the 1960s, Mary Jeanne Kreek, M.D. displayed a pioneering spirit. As a physician-scientist studying heroin addiction in New York at that time, she demonstrated something more—a rare commitment to help patients suffering from a condition that was considered a sign of flawed character, rather than a disease with significant biological causes. Dr. Kreek played a central role in establishing addiction studies as a vital branch of biomedical science, and she continues to provide leadership and inspiration in the field to this day.

At The Rockefeller University, Dr. Kreek conducts basic and clinical research to understand how genetic factors and non-hereditary influences, such as stress, combine to raise the risk of opiate addiction, cocaine dependency, and alcoholism. She and her colleagues also explore the connections between addiction and such conditions as depression and chronic anxiety, while providing insights that are contributing to the improvement of medical pain management.

On Thursday, May 14, The Rockefeller University will welcome esteemed journalist Laura Landro of The Wall Street Journal back to campus to interview Dr. Mary Jeanne Kreek about her trailblazing career in biomedicine and some of her latest findings in addiction research.

Mary Jeanne Kreek, an alumna of Wellesley College, earned a medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She joined Rockefeller in 1964, as did Dr. Marie Nyswander, to work with Dr. Vincent Dole to perform the initial studies of the use of methadone in chronic management of heroin addiction. Today, Dr. Kreek heads the University’s Laboratory of the Biology of Addictive Diseases. Her many honors include a Betty Ford Award and honorary doctorates from the University of Uppsala, Tel Aviv University, and the University of Bologna. Most recently, she received the inaugural NIH/NIDA Lifetime Science Award.

Laura Landro is an assistant managing editor at The Wall Street Journal, where her column, “The Informed Patient,” appears. Author of the bestselling memoir Survivor: Taking Charge of Your Fight against Cancer, Ms. Landro is a recipient of the Gerald Loeb Award for deadline reporting and the Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications


At the Convocation ceremony in June 2015, The Rockefeller University will honor the Women & Science Founding Chairs—Lydia Forbes, Isabel Furlaud, Nancy Kissinger, and Sydney Shuman—with the David Rockefeller Award for Extraordinary Service, the highest honor bestowed on University volunteers.

In celebration of our Founding Chairs, contributions to Partners in Discovery this year will support the creation of a Fund to Recruit Women Faculty. All new and increased gifts to the initiative will be matched by a $1.2 million challenge grant launched by our “Terrific Twelve” supporters:

Miriam Ochshorn Adelson, M.D. Shahla and Hushang Ansary Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Forbes Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Robin Chemers Neustein David Rockefeller Janet C. Ross Sydney R. and Stanley S. Shuman  Simons Foundation Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Ph.D. and Mary Hynes, Ph.D. Lulu and Anthony Wang.


Founding Chairs

Lydia A. Forbes Isabel P. Furlaud Nancy M. Kissinger Sydney R. Shuman


Judith Roth Berkowitz Beth Kojima Samantha Boardman Rosen, M.D. Patricia P. Rosenwald Lulu C. Wang


Frances Beatty Adler Holly S. Andersen, M.D. Barbara Anderson Terry Anne T. Bass Mrs. Mercedes T. Bass Ludmila S. Bidwell Debra Black Nancy L. Blank Noreen Buckfire Judith M. Carson Daniella Lipper Coules Caroline R. Curry Annette de la Renta Carol B. Einiger Blair Pillsbury Enders Jeanne Donovan Fisher Muffie FitzGerald Olivia Tournay Flatto, Ph.D. Deban Flexner Barrett B. Frelinghuysen Ruth E. Gitlin Corinne P. Greenberg Gretchen S. Grisanti Agnes Gund Jean D. Hamilton Marlene Hess Elizabeth R. Hilpman Kristin Hohmann Sandra Horbach Rebecca A. John Ann F. Kaplan Dr. Jane Frank Katcher Ellen Katz Bicky Kellner Catherine E. Kinsey Patricia D. Klingenstein Teena L. Lerner, Ph.D. Karen M. Levy Evelyn G. Lipper, M.D. • Emily Chien Mahoney Hillie Mahoney Constance Marks Pam Michaelcheck Gigi Mortimer Robin Chemers Neustein Eliot C. Nolen Trina Overlock Virginia Pellicci, M.D. Béatrice Philippe Marnie S. Pillsbury Ilona Nemeth Quasha Courtney Smith Rae Gail Hunt Reeke Kimberly K. Rockefeller Amy Falls Rogers Janet C. Ross Sara Lee Schupf Casey Whalen Sellers Geeta Sharma, M.D. Marilyn Simons Carla H. Skodinski Joan S. Steinberg Mary S. Sykes Marcy Syms Marica Vilcek Sue Ann Weinberg • Cynthia M. Whitehead Mrs. Carolyn Wiener Silvia Zoullas

Honorary Chairman

David Rockefeller

Founding Chairmen

Lydia A. Forbes
Isabel P. Furlaud
Nancy M. Kissinger
Sydney R. Shuman

2017 W&S Chairmen

Judith Roth Berkowitz
Debra Black
Rebecca A. John
Denise Kellen
Samantha Boardman Rosen, M.D.
Patricia P. Rosenwald
Lulu C. Wang

2017 W&S Committee

full committee listing

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