Past Events

The Basser Center and Congregation Beth El presented a panel discussion about the experience of living with BRCA mutations and hereditary cancers on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:30 pm in Berkeley, CA. Experts in the field discussed genetic counseling and testing, preventive care, and much more. Panelists include Dr. Susan Domchek, Medical Oncologist and Basser Center Executive Director; Dr. Samantha Langer, Kaiser Permanente Breast Surgeon; Dr. Allison W. Kurian, Medical Oncologist and Associate Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine; as well as two community members impacted by these issues; and the panel was moderated by journalist Jill Werman Harris.

The Basser Center for BRCA and the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center presented Knowledge is Power: Understanding and Managing BRCA-Related Cancer Risk, a panel on genetic counseling and testing, hereditary cancer risk, and more. Panelists included Dr. Susan Domchek, Basser Center Executive Director, Dr. Paul Hyde, Scripps Hospital Breast Surgeon, Dr. David Smotrich, La Jolla IVF Medical Director, Dr. Lisa Madlensky, Moores USCD Genetics Program Director, and Sarah Abelsohn, a community member impacted by these issues. The panel was moderated by journalist Jill Werman Harris.

The Basser Center for BRCA, UJA-Federation of New York, and 92nd Street Y teamed up in January 2018 to present Knowledge is Power: Understanding and Managing BRCA-Related Cancer Risk, a panel on the latest life-saving information surrounding BRCA-related cancers. Joan Lunden moderated the discussion between Basser Executive Director Susan Domchek, MD; Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Mark Robson, MD; community educator Nicole Schreiber-Agus, PhD; and author and breast cancer advocate Elizabeth Wurtzel.

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Signature Events

Basser Jean Bash

On Tuesday, November 14th, we celebrated five years of progress with our biennial fundraising event, the Basser Jean Bash. Held at Cipriani Wall Street, the event honored Raquel and Michael Haas and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. Featured presenters and performers included the Today Show's Hoda Kotb and singer Rachel Platten. The event was generously underwritten so that every dollar raised supports the life-saving mission of the Basser Center for BRCA. Learn more at

Our first-ever Basser Jean Bash was held in November 2015 and honored Basser Center founders Mindy and Jon Gray. Over 1,100 people came out to Unzip their Genes and raise over $8 million to support the Basser Center. Guests heard stories of hope and inspiration and rocked out to Freestyle Love Supreme and American Authors. Thank you to our dedicated Gene Pool Committee, and all of the generous sponsors whose powerful support is bringing us closer to preventing BRCA-related cancers altogether. Check out the photos from the event on Facebook and local media coverage from Forbes, Bloomberg, ABC7NY, WWD, The Wall Street Journal, and AVENUE magazine.

Breakthroughs & Discoveries Panel

The annual Breakthroughs & Discoveries panel is a moderated panel of world renowned experts in the field of BRCA gene mutations. From the translation of discoveries in the lab to patient care, to a deeper understanding of the role that having a BRCA1/2 mutation can mean to affected families, guests have the opportunity to learn about the latest in research breakthroughs and ask their most pressing questions about BRCA-related research and care. This program is held each year in May.

Watch the 2018 Breakthroughs and Discoveries panel.

Watch the 2017 Breakthroughs and Discoveries panel.

Basser Webinars: Elizabeth Prostic Memorial Outreach Program

Dr. Edward and Merry Prostic have generously established a webinar series as part of The Elizabeth Prostic Memorial Outreach Program at the Basser Center for BRCA in memory of their daughter, which will provide life-saving information and hope to individuals and families nationwide. 

Sign up and watch past webinars