Martell Foundation Honors VICC’s Moses

March 13, 2009

By Dagny Stuart

Harold L. (Hal) Moses, M.D., director emeritus of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and director of the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories, will receive the Lifetime Medical Research Award during the inaugural T.J. Martell Foundation/Nashville Honors Gala.

The black-tie event, to be held March 25 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, will honor four distinguished individuals for their humanitarian, philanthropic and career achievements. Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., director of Vanderbilt-Ingram, will present the award to Moses for his dedication to cancer research.

Moses is the founding director of Vanderbilt-Ingram and is well known for his work on the transforming growth factor-beta family of growth regulatory peptides. He is the recipient of two Outstanding Investigator Awards from the National Cancer Institute.

He is a past president of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Association of Cancer Institutes (AACI) and he chairs the National Cancer Policy Forum of the Institute of Medicine.

“I feel honored to receive such wonderful recognition for my lifetime of work,” said Moses. “Cancer research is my passion and I am grateful to be rewarded and honored for doing what I love.”

The other honorees include Orrin Ingram, president and CEO of Ingram Industries and chair of the board of overseers for Vanderbilt-Ingram. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos will present Ingram with the Lifetime Philanthropic Award for his dedication to helping others in the Nashville community and beyond.

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen and actor Tommy Lee Jones will present the Lifetime Humanitarian Award to former U.S. Vice President Al Gore for his commitment to creating awareness about man-made climate change.

Grammy Award winner Michael Bolton and singer/songwriter/actor Mac Davis will honor Frances Preston, former president and CEO of BMI, with the Lifetime Music Industry Award for her years of service to the music industry and songwriters worldwide.

The Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at Vanderbilt-Ingram were named in her honor for her support of cancer research.

Harry Jacobson, M.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs, is one of the honorary co-chairs for the event and C. Wright Pinson, M.D., M.B.A., associate vice chancellor for Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, is co-chair for the gala.

Other entertainers include Lee Ann Womack, Gary Morris and Boyz II Men.

The T.J. Martell Foundation was founded in 1975 to support innovative research for leukemia, cancer and AIDS through eight top research hospitals in the United States. The Foundation provides funding for cancer research at the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at Vanderbilt-Ingram.

For ticket information, visit www.HonorsGala.org or call 256-2002.

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