The annual Marion Spencer Fay Award was presented to Jean Bennett, MD, PhD, by the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, in the Geary Lecture Hall, New College Building (245 N. 15 Street). Bennett presented a lecture titled “Seeing the Light with Retinal Gene Therapy: From Fantasy to Reality” at 4:30 p.m., immediately followed by a reception on the 19th Floor of the New College Building.
Dr. Bennett is the F.M. Kirby Professor of Ophthalmology, professor of cell and developmental biology, and co-director of the Center for Advanced Retinal and Ocular Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She was honored for her pioneering translational research in the field of ocular gene therapy, which has broad implications on the understanding and treatment of many human diseases. In addition to her stellar achievements and leadership, she is committed to mentoring the next generation of scientists.
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The national Marion Spencer Fay Award, now in its 55th year, is presented annually by the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership to an outstanding woman physician and/or scientist who has made an exceptionally significant contribution to health care as a practitioner, medical educator, administrator and/or research scientist and who exhibits significant future potential. The award includes a $10,000 honorarium to support the recipient’s work.
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The Marion Spencer Fay Award is a national award to honor achievement and excellence in medicine and science and is presented to a woman of distinction, innovation and leadership. Past Marion Spencer Fay Award honorees include Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Laurie Glimcher, MD, of Dana Farber Cancer Institute; Julie Overbaugh, PhD, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle; and Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD, dean of Duke University's School of Medicine. Learn more about past honorees.
Marion Spencer Fay, PhD, was dean and president of Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania from 1946 to 1963. The National Board for Women in Medicine established an award in her name in 1963 to recognize her pioneering leadership.
This national award is given annually to a woman physician and/or scientist who has made an exceptionally significant contribution to health care as a practitioner, medical educator, administrator and/or research scientist and who exhibits significant future potential.
Formerly administered by the National Board for Women in Medicine, the award continues under the guidance of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership of Drexel University College of Medicine, which maintains the traditions of the Woman's Medical College and the Medical College of Pennsylvania that reflect a 160-year legacy of excellence.
- The award recipient is selected from nominations submitted to a special committee, appointed by the Institute, dedicated to the principles of the Marion Spencer Fay Award.
- The presentation ceremony is attended by distinguished academic, medical and scientific leaders and the award includes a $10,000 honorarium to support the recipient's work.