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A Difficult and Inspiring Journey of Discovery: A Conversation with Lawrence Ingrassia

Cover of Lawrence Ingrassia's memoir, "A Fatal Inheritance: How a Family Misfortune Revealed a Deadly Medican Mystery." The cover has an old black and white photo of the author with his siblings.

DCEG Seminar

June 13, 2024 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

NCI Shady Grove Joseph F. Fraumeni Jr. Conference Room (TE-406/8/10) Rockville, MD 20850, United States

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Lawrence Ingrassia is the author of, "A Fatal Inheritance: How a Family Misfortune Revealed a Deadly Medical Mystery," a newly published memoir that describes his family's moving experience with the inherited cancer-predisposition syndrome, Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS), interwoven with a sweeping history of cancer research. While writing this memoir, Ingrassia consulted with our researchers who study LFS in order to map the story of his family within the timeline of LFS discovery and research.

In this talk, Ingrassia will discuss the twenty-year journey of Drs. Joseph F. Fraumeni Jr. and Frederick Pei Li to solve the medical mystery behind the inherited cancer predisposition syndrome named after them alongside the journey of his family and "Family A" in their studies, puzzling over the many seemingly unrelated cancers haunting them. He will also describe his personal journey to chronicle these parallel journeys. After his talk, he will be joined in conversation by Sharon Savage, M.D., Division clinical director, and answer questions from the audience.

Unable to attend in person? Join us virtually, via Zoom.

If you are an individual with a disability who needs reasonableaccommodations to participate in this event, please contact Diane Wigfield, at your earliest convenience, so that we can discuss your accommodation request.