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Weizmann Institute of Science Annual Dinner to be held Sept. 20: Northfield’s Theodore F. Perlman to Receive 2008 Leadership Award

Plans to endow first Chicago professional chair to be announced at event, which also celebrates 75 year association of Chicago with Weizmann.

Chicago, IL, August 30, 2008 --( Theodore F. Perlman and his family will receive the Weizmann Institute of Science 2008 Leadership Award and details regarding plans for endowing the first Chicago Professional Chair will be announced when the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (ACWIS) holds its annual dinner here Sept. 20.

More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the event hosted by the ACWIS Midwest Region at Chicago’s new Riverfront Pavilion. The ACWIS 2008 Midwest Region Gala Dinner also recognizes the lengthy association between Chicago and Weizmann. Chaim Weizmann, the first President of Israel and for whom the Weizmann Institute of Science is named, first visited Chicago during the 1933 World’s Fair, addressing more than 125,000 people at Soldier Field.

Today, the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, is one of the world's top-ranking multidisciplinary research institutions. Noted for its wide-ranging exploration of the natural and exact sciences, the Institute is home to 2,600 scientists, students, technicians, and supporting staff. Institute research efforts include the search for new ways of fighting disease and hunger, examining leading questions in mathematics and computer science, probing the physics of matter and the universe, creating novel materials, and developing new strategies for protecting the environment.

Perlman and his family’s dedication to the Weizmann Institute, spans multiple generations. His parents, Louis and Anita Perlman, established the Perlman Family Foundation, which sponsors the Louise L. and Anita M. Perlman Postdoctoral Fellowship at Weizmann. The Perlman Family Foundation was inducted into the Weizmann President’s Circle at the Chicago Global Gathering in October 2007.

Perlman is Chairman & CEO of The HAVI Group, LP., which provides distribution, purchasing, logistic services, premiums and promotional services to many of the world’s leading companies, including McDonald's, the Coca-Cola Company, Starbucks Coffee, British Petroleum, Nissan and Diageo. Perlman is a resident of Northfield. Craig J. Duchossois, Chief Executive Officer of Duchossois Industries, Inc., will provide introductory remarks.

Stacy and Gregg Steinberg are Co-Event Chairs for the overall 2008 Gala. Renée Crown is serving as Chairperson for the dinner.

Plans to endow the Chicago Professional Chair will be announced during the dinner. It is the first time a community has worked in concert to endow a chair for the Weizmann Institute. Prof. Eitan Reuveny will be the first to benefit from the $1.5 million endowed chair.

Prof. Reuveny, a member of the Weizmann Institute’s Biological Chemistry Department, is highly regarded for his efforts in studying ion channels in the human body -- how electrically charged molecules (ions) flow in and out of cell membranes. This is vital to neuronal communication and memory, embryo development, hormone flow, and salt balance in our body. His studies benefit scientific understanding as to how ions and their movement can result in a wide range of neural, muscular, cardiovascular, and kidney diseases and may lead to discoveries for amendments in the ions and their channeling which reduce or eliminate such abnormalities.

Prof. Reuveny is the first to identify and clone the gene coding for a gateway in the cellular membrane called the G-protein coupled potassium channel. Currently, he is examining this channel to determine how fluctuations in its electrical activity trigger a “shut-down” response that controls insulin release.

He received his BSc in Biology from Tel Aviv University, and his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology from Northwestern University Medical School. He subsequently completed his postdoctoral training at the University of California at San Francisco and then joined the Weizmann Institute as a senior scientist in 1997. In November 2003, he was promoted to the rank of associate professor. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2003 Hestrin Prize of the Israeli Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

During the dinner, attendees also will be updated on other Weizmann and ACWIS activities, including the Chicago Electron Microscope, for which $2.5 million last year for the purchase of the equipment.

The City Lights Orchestra, under the direction of Dean Rolando, will provide entertainment.

The new Riverfront Pavilion is owned by Ronsley Special Events and is located at 1200 N. North Branch St. on Goose Island.

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Weizmann Institute of Science / ACWIS / Minkus & Pearlman
Raymond Minkus
(224) 533-1030

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