WHAT: Live Oak Legacy Dinner
WHEN: River Oaks Country Club
Members of the Kelsey family hosted the Live Oak Legacy Dinner at River Oaks Country Club to support the Kelsey Research Foundation (KRF). The evening began with a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner during which guests were served Chilean sea bass followed by River Oak’s traditional chocolate pecan ball. The night began with an informative video that educated guests on the research being conducted by the Foundation. Following the video, guest speaker Dr. Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic and co-author with Dr. Mehmet Oz of YOU: The Owner’s Manual series, discussed the importance of gut health as a key to longevity.
This year’s dinner raised over $400,000 to support the research efforts of the KRF-UTHealth Center for Microbiome Research, which was established in 2014 as a collaboration between KRF and UTHealth’s McGovern Medical School and School of Public Health. The center is dedicated to unlocking the mysteries of the gut microbiome and its possibilities to modify disease and improve health through the development and use of a capsule product. To date, KRF has successfully treated approximately 200 patients with a pure disorder of gut microbiota called Clostridium difficile infection (C. Diff) through a fecal microbiota transplantation capsule product. As more detailed findings on cause and effect of alterations in the gut microbiota and disease are demonstrated, KRF’s research will help bring microbiome restoration therapy to market as a low-cost, high-science treatment for millions of patients who suffer from these diseases.