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


cover of the book "A Fatal Inheritance" by Lawrence Ingrassia

Joseph F. Fraumeni Jr. Conference Room (Room TE-406/8/10), NCI Shady Grove campus, 9609 Medical Center Dr, Rockville, MD 20850

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 IRP senior investigator Sharon Savage, M.D., and answer questions from the audience.

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