Chasing Hope

Chasing Hope

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 nearly $700,000 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, and then again virtually in 2021, Chasing Hope combines personal stories with discussions on the latest advances in research in neurologic diseases, making for an inspirational and unforgettable event.

Previous speakers and moderators include:

  • Norah O’Donnell, anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News and contributing correspondent to 60 Minutes
  • Mehmet Oz, MD, MBA, cardiothoracic surgeon and Emmy Award-winning talk show host
  • 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 Howard Weiner, MD, center co-director, and Laurie Cox, PhD, head of the Microbiome Neurodegenerative Disease Unit

Stay tuned for details on the 2022 Chasing Hope event. For more information, please contact Laura Ducie at or 617-424-4202.

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2019 Chasing Hope Luncheon