Kim Brown is the AAPS communications and social media manager in the Public Outreach Department.
At the Opening Session of the 2012 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition, attendees heard from author Rebecca Skloot, who wrote the best-selling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the story of a young African-American woman whose cells were taken without her permission in 1951 but led to numerous important discoveries in medicine.
At the conclusion of the keynote address, Executive Director John Lisack, Jr., presented Skloot with a $5,000 donation to the Henrietta Lacks Foundation, making AAPS the first association to contribute to the foundation. Skloot founded the nonprofit organization to provide financial assistance to individuals in need who have made important contributions to scientific research without personally benefitting. The foundation has already awarded 33 grants to members of Henrietta Lack’s immediate family.
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