T he collective IQ in the Four Seasons’ ballroom might have reached new heights as M.D.s and Ph.D.s filed in for the Brain Research Foundation’s Discovery Dinner and expert panel. The panel discussed risk factors for cognitive impairment and methods for delaying it (thereby reducing dementia and Alzheimer’s). More than 220 intellectually invigorated guests turned out to support the organization, which funds cutting-edge neurological research. The foundation also honored Michael Ferro, chairman of Sun-Times’ parent company Wrapports, with its Frederic Gibbs Discovery Award, as well as Dr. David Holtzman, chairman of neurology at Washington University St. Louis, for his community leadership. The mind-flexing event banked more than $650,000 for the institution’s research and education programs.
The Sun-Times was the media sponsor of this event. The Sun-Times Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust will match donations to the Brain Research Foundation, up to $50,000, now through Dec. 14, 2012. Donate now here.
Story by Zak Stemer | Photos by Ramzi Dreessen