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Golden Portal Awards

Golden Portal Awards
Dr. Linda Liau, Ted Gagliano, Dr. Neil Martin and Dr. Rob Prins. Middle Left: Guests enjoyed a Sunday brunch, designed with a Life of Pi theme. Middle Right: Ted Gagliano and David Gray of Dolby Atmos, recipient of the Innovation award. Bottom Left: Ted Gagliano with Tim Squyres, accepting the Best Film Science award for Life of Pi . Bottom Right: Jutta Thorne and Barry Socher, honored with the Tenacious Bravery award. Photos: Todd Cheney

More than 250 guests attended the Second Annual Golden Portal Awards on June 23, 2013, benefiting the UCLA Brain Tumor Program, led by Linda Liau, MD, PhD ’99. The event raised more than $180,000, which will help take UCLA’s personalized brain tumor vaccine — already in a Phase III clinical trial in 50 sites throughout the world — to the next phase of research.

The vaccine will be coupled with an immune-system booster to determine possible increased effectiveness for patients with brain cancer.

The Golden Portal Awards, recognizing the art and science of film and medicine, was held at the home of Ted Gagliano, president of feature post production at 20th Century Fox. Gagliano, the mastermind behind the event concept and its inaugural launch in 2012, believes in the convergence of motion-picture science and innovative medical technologies that utilize advances in light and sound. This year’s award honorees were:

  • Best Film Science: Life of Pi
  • Innovation: Dolby Atmos
  • Tenacious Discovery: Rob Prins, PhD, UCLA Brain Tumor Program
  • Tenacious Bravery: Barry Socher and Jutta Thorne, brain-tumor survivors

The Sunday brunch awards event featured a Life of Pi theme, and included a Bollywood dance performance and a silent auction of original artwork featuring molecular images of the UCLA brain-cancer vaccine at work. Sponsors included 20th Century Fox, Deluxe, Dolby, Adobe, We Can Pediatric Brain Tumor Network, Hydraulx, FotoKem, Technicolor, iGuide, Stereo D and catering sponsor Taste.


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