Building a Sustainable Model at Brookwood
October 27, 2016
Michael Curran, Ph.D.
November 3, 2016
Dr. Curran joined The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2012 as assistant professor of Immunology. In 2014, he was named scientific director of the Oncology Research for Biologics and Immunotherapy Translation (ORBIT) platform, which coordinates development and production of clinical immunotherapeutic antibodies based on novel targets and preclinical reagents originating at MD Anderson.
Dr. Curran completed B.A. degrees in biology and foreign affairs and a minor in computer science at the University of Virginia in 1995, while receiving accolades for the best undergraduate laboratory research project. He went on to receive a Ph.D. in immunology from Stanford University in 2001, where he was awarded the McDevitt prize for the best graduate thesis in his year. Dr. Curran was the first recipient of the prestigious American Cancer Society Levy Fellowship to fund his postdoctoral studies in the lab of James P. Allison, Ph.D.
While pursuing his postdoctoral studies at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Curran published several influential papers describing how T-cell co-stimulatory pathways could be modulated in tandem to mediate immunologic rejection of melanomas in mice. He detailed how combination blockade of the T-cell co-inhibitory receptors CTLA-4 and PD-1 promoted the rejection of a majority of murine melanomas. This work supported the launch of a series of clinical trials in which more than 50 percent of metastatic melanoma patients experienced clinical responses and more than 90 percent survived beyond two years — an unprecedented result that prompted the Food and Drug Administration to make this the first approved immunotherapy antibody combination. In addition, his subsequent immunologic studies of 4-1BB agonist antibodies earned him the Society for the Immunotherapy of Cancer’s prestigious Presidential Award.
In addition to his work on ORBIT, Dr. Curran has established an independent lab at MD Anderson, where his group studies the origins of the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment and how it can be disrupted to facilitate immune-mediated tumor rejection.
Please RSVP and join us at 11:00 a.m. for the Annual Rotary Club of Houston/West Point Society/Naval Academy Alumni “Salute to Veterans” luncheon as well as an opportunity to sponsor an active duty soldier, sailor, airmen, coast guardsmen, or marine on starting sharply at 11:30 a.m.
This event features a timely talk from GEN Mark Welsh, the former Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force who is now the Dean of the Bush School at Texas A & M.
In addition to our distinguished speaker we are proud to announce that other special guests will include over 100 active duty members of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, and Air Force and some of their outstanding commanders.
This year’s earlier start time allows for the presentation of colors by the Color Guard and live military music and songs provided by the award-winning High School for the Performing and Visual Arts ensemble.
Location: This program will be held at the Junior League of Houston located at 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, next to the St. Regis Hotel that is located three lights East of the intersection of San Felipe and Hwy 610. View Map to 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX 77027.
The pre-registration price of this luncheon for members of the sponsoring clubs is $32.00 (based on an increase of cost at this venue) Since we have to register in advance with the Junior League, anyone who does not pre-register will need to pay $35.00 at the door and will be admitted space permitting.
At this luncheon, in support for our troops, we would like to provide everyone an opportunity to sponsor active duty members of the armed forces. Besides paying for your lunch, the cost for each sponsorship is $32.00.
Table Sponsorships of 10 for $500 will include recognition on the program, from the podium and at your premium-located table.
Sponsorships, as well as luncheon payments, may be made by clicking on the following link Click Here (Members of the RCH should follow reservation directions send via email.)
Once on the sign-in page simply put in your first and last name and email address, select Options, then select a Registration Packages: Rotarians, Visitors, West Point Society Member, or Naval Academy Alumni, Unable to attend but would like to sponsor, Table Purchases. Next, select "Optional Add-Ons" and select the number of options desired.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Deanna Belford at the Rotary office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713 973-9936.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Jon King, Rotary Club of Houston; Chair: Veteran's Day Event
David Hale, Rotary Club of Houston; Chair: Veteran's Committee
The Rotary Club of Houston is a group of business leaders working together collaboratively to impact positive change in our community and around the world, operating consistently with Rotary's motto of Service Above Self. Some of our service projects include:
- Rotary Lombardi Award is presented annually to the Outstanding College Lineman of the Year. This is a fund-raising event benefiting cancer research.
- Rotary Distinguished Citizen Award is presented annually to someone in Houston who exhibits high ideals, leadership and philanthropy. The funds raised support the club’s on-going service activities.
- Camp Enterprise is an annual activity that introduces business and business ethics to 75 high school juniors. The funds for this event are raised with an annual golf tournament.
- Burnett Bayland Outreach has delivered personal support and mentoring to at-risk children at the county run resident.
The club also works actively in many other areas including mentoring elementary school youth, giving assistance to ex-offenders, and international projects, including Polio Plus.
The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
- FIRST - The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
- SECOND - High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
- THIRD - The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
- FOURTH - The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The Four-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions: "Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Vivian Shudde, Executive Director, Brookwood
Houston City ClubOct 27, 2016
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Dr. Michael Curren-M.D.Anderson-Immunotherapy
Houston City ClubNov 03, 2016
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Veteran's Luncheon (Members Only Sign-In)
Junior League of HoustonNov 10, 2016
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Salute to Veterans Annual Luncheon November 10, 2016
Nov 10, 2016
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Service Day - Habitat for Humanity
Nov 12, 2016
7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Daniel Weiss and the Darknet-is your company ready
Houston City ClubDec 01, 2016
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
RCOH Night at The Nutcracker
Dec 03, 2016
Rotary Holiday lunch with Special Guest
Dec 15, 2016
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Service Day - Houston Food Bank
Houston Food BankJan 14, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary Lombardi Award
The Hobby Center-Sarofim HallFeb 11, 2017