May 10, 2021

Hope You Come

Campion Fund Gala 2021 June 24, 2021 8PM EDT, 6PM MDT


Current and Future Trends in Reproductive Science, a talk by James H. Segars, Jr, MD, Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Director Division of Reproductive Science and Women’s Health, Johns Hopkins University and President, Society of Reproductive Investigation. Dr. Segars’ current research focusses on the role of AKAP13 hormone actions in the ovary and uterus and also on clinical disorders that contribute to infertility in women such as endometriosis and uterine fibroids including the identification of causal genes that lead to reproductive diseases. Dr. Segars is a graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Medicine. His residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology was at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and he was a post-doctoral fellow at NIH in the Laboratory of Molecular Growth Regulation. Prior to his position at Johns Hopkins, he was the Head of the Unit of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at NICHD and a Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland


The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams performed by William Hagen, violinist. A resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, Mr. Hagen has played violin since age 4 and has performed across the United States, Europe and Asia. He won third place in the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Prize Competition, one of the highest- ranking Americans in the competition’s history. William Hagen studied with Itzhak Perlman at Julliard School, Christian Tetzlaff at Kronberg Academy, Germany and Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory. He performs on the 1732 “Arkwright Lady Sylvan“ Antonio Stradivarius on loan from the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation. He is an alumnus of Verbier Academy, Switzerland, Perlman Music Program and Aspen Music Festival.

Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote the Lark Ascending inspired by a poem of George Meredith just before World War One. The lark is the Eurasian Skylark, about 7.5 inches in length and is mainly brown in color above but paler below with a short blunt crest on its head which can be raised and lowered. Its short tail and short broad wings are edged in white. The male has broader wings than the female. The female Eurasian skylark prefers males that sing and hover for long periods of time, demonstrating good over all fitness. Skylarks have more elaborate calls than most birds and sing extravagant songs in display flights. The male delivers his song in hovering flights when he appears as just a dot in the sky. The long unbroken song is a bubbling warble and usually lasts two to three minutes but during the mating season it can last for 20m minutes or more. The skylark’s song is considered to be one of the most melodious bird-songs. Vaughan Williams begins the piece with a violin cadenza from a low point and gets higher and higher as the song progresses to it finish in sixteen minutes. It is evocative of the English countryside and tells a story of reproductive behavior in the skylarks, although the composer did not intend us to think of that when listening to the Lark Ascending.

There will be assigned time as well allocated to virtual “rooms” to provide an opportunity to meet with fellow attendees similar to what happens at tables at in person Galas. There will be a Raffle with winners announced at the end of the Gala as well as updates of the Campion Fund projects. Suggested easy to prepare menus will be sent out to all prior to the Gala along with suggested wine pairings so that all can share a virtual meal during the evening.