Reena Horowitz honored at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

| Written by Helen I. Hwang
Kristiina Vuori, Ph.D, and Reena Horowitz

During a special end-of-the-year gathering, Reena Horowitz was honored for her hard work and dedication to Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP). Held in the Fishman Auditorium at SBP, friends and staff thanked Horowitz with a bouquet of flowers, applause and a speech from Kristiina Vuori, Ph.D., president of SBP. Vuori thanked Horowitz for being a “leading ambassador for the Institute.”

In Vuori’s speech, she explained how Horowitz became involved with the Institute through her friendship with her neighbor Lillian Fishman. Dr. William T. Fishman and his wife, Lillian Fishman, founded SBP forty years ago. “Reena’s friendship with Lillian provided the Institute with a champion in the community, as well as the development of two of SBP’s institutional programs, the Fishman Fund Awards and the Group of 12 & Friends. Reena co-founded and has managed both of these extraordinary programs for over a decade,” said Vuori.

To nurture the careers of future scientific trailblazers at SBP, the Fishman Fund was established by SBP supporters Mary Bradley and Reena Horowitz to honor the founders of the Institute, Dr. William and Lillian Fishman. Over 55 postdoctoral students have been supported by the Fishman Fund, which awards postdoctoral fellowships and career development grants.

Horowitz co-founded G12 & Friends, a lecture and get-together with friends hosted monthly at SBP. What started out as Horowitz, Lillian Fishman and a few friends has ballooned into a group that usually draws over 100 guests, curious about a wide range of topics from science, medicine and the arts.

The celebration was an occasion to thank Horowitz for being a passionate supporter of SBP’s scientific programs within the community.

To find out more about the Fishman Fund and how to support it, click here.

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