Chasing Hope

Chasing Hope

[From left] David Marriott, Dennis J. Selkoe, MD, Norah O’Donnell, Carrie Marriott, Ann Romney, Howard Weiner, MD, and U.S. Senator Mitt Romney at the 2022 Chasing Hope luncheon

Chasing Hope is an annual luncheon benefiting the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Hosted by Carrie Marriott and a distinguished host committee, the luncheon has raised over $1 million to fuel the center’s life-changing research into five of the world’s most complex neurologic diseases: multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, and brain tumors.

Held for the first time in 2019 in Washington, DC, Chasing Hope combines personal stories with discussions on the latest advances in research in neurologic diseases, making for an inspirational and unforgettable event.

Stay tuned for details on next year’s Chasing Hope event, scheduled for Friday, April 21, 2023. For more information, please contact Laura Ducie at or 617 424 4202.

Previous speakers and moderators include:

  • Norah O’Donnell, anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes correspondent
  • Mehmet Oz, MD, MBA, cardiothoracic surgeon, television personality, author, and political candidate
  • Ann Romney, global ambassador of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases
  • Meredith Vieira, broadcast journalist and television personality, and her husband, journalist and author Richard M. Cohen
  • Experts from the center, including Dennis J. Selkoe, MD, and Howard Weiner, MD, center co-directors, and Laurie Cox, PhD, head of the Microbiome Neurodegenerative Disease Unit

2022 Chasing Hope