10th Anniversary Gala Dinner

November 02, 2014

Parsippany Sheraton, Parsippany, NJ

Honoring Alan Zeiger

  • Partner Blank Rome, LLP
  • IES Brain Research Foundation Trustee

Key Note Speakers

Drs. Maria Castro & Pedro Lowenstein,(co-leaders of the research) discussing the treatment developed for glioblastoma (a deadly brain cancer). One of our student fellows, David Foulad, worked with Dr. Castro on this treatment.

We heard from some of our student fellows & faculty sponsors, who worked on: Depression, PTSD, Spinal Cord Injury, Insomnia, Autism, and Fibromyalgia & Pain.

2014 Summer Fellows and Faculty Sponsor Mentors Attending

  • Joseph Zhou and Wise Young, PhD who worked on Spinal Cord Injury at Rutgers University
  • Austin Ramsey and Benedict Kolber, PhD who worked on Fibromyalgia & Pain at Duquesne University
  • Charalambia Louka and Nicholas Stavropoulos, PhD who worked on Insomnia at New York University
  • James Barger who worked with Robert Froemke, PhD on PTSD at New York University
  • Christine Hildreth who worked with Carolyn Beebe Smith, PhD at National Institute of health/National Institute of Mental Health (NIH/NIMH)
  • Piper Williams who worked with Christopher Lowry, PhD on Depression at University of Colorado-Boulder

We congratulated our namesake & inspiration, Dr. Eric Simon on his 90th birthday & retirement (although he is planning to stay very involved) and our namesake, Irene Simon on her upcoming 90th birthday!

We enjoyed delicious food, comedy courtesy of Dale Grand and music courtesy of Arnie Abrams Entertainment.

About Our Honoree

Alan Zeiger serves as the co-head of Blank Rome's Business Department, consisting of more than 250 attorneys practicing globally in numerous industries. He represents public and private companies and private equity funds, as well as entrepreneurs. He frequently counsels clients in the following areas: mergers and acquisitions, private equity / venture capital, joint venture transactions, and capital formation.

Mr. Zeiger is recognized as a leader in corporate and M&A law by Chambers USA. Clients say “he has the ability to find solutions to complex deal issues while maintaining the appropriate amount of protection for his client." Chambers notes he is “‘prepared to go the extra mile' for clients and 'provides excellent insights and recommendations.'” Sources also say that "he is a great business attorney: he understands the business and how to negotiate from a pragmatic standpoint."

Mr. Zeiger has received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Alan Zeiger has been on the Board of Trustees since day one of the formation of the Irene & Eric Simon (IES) Brain Research Foundation. He is responsible for the Lunch & Learns hosted at Blank Rome and has attended most of the Foundation events. The Foundation is proud to honor Alan Zeiger at the 10th Anniversary Dinner.

About Our Keynote Speakers