The Conquest of Cancer
June 2021 eNews
Wood Hudson's virtual summer Undergraduate Research and Education Program (UREP) is in full swing! Seventeen students, four scientists, and numerous guest speakers are busy and working through the 14 week program, which is running from May 10th to August 13th.
Ian Dissett, a UREP student and rising senior from Xavier University, says: "I am really enjoying research at the Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory this summer. Dr. Julia Carter, Dr. Larry Douglass, Dr. Ron Synder, Professor Diane Wilkening Gilb are very knowledgeable in the field and are great resources for myself and fellow undergraduates to bounce questions off of and to help us gain a better understanding of cancer biology. My research proposal this summer is investigating how the disruption of circadian rhythm affects tumor development, growth, and treatment."
Another UREP student, Heidi Arth, is a rising junior at Xavier University as a Life Sciences for Business major and Chemistry minor. "I have enjoyed every minute of the Summer UREP, however, I especially enjoy the weekly journal clubs where two of my peers present current articles regarding cancer research. My goal for the summer is to create a project based on a provocative question from the National Cancer Institute. I have chosen to focus my project on what strategies improve and sustain the coordination of comprehensive healthcare for underserved cancer patients who also suffer from anxiety and depression."
Students are spending their Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays together (online) studying cancer biology, presenting chapters from the textbook, and listening to guest speakers who are selected from the Wood Hudson Board of Trustees and other collaborators. They are viewing virtual demonstrations of research techniques and presenting journal articles. For their final projects, each student will design an experiment that addresses a Provocative Question from the National Institute of Health. They will present written and oral reports. This challenging program gives students the opportunity to learn and to think critically, and it prepares them to go far in careers in health and science.
The virtual format for Summer UREP has made it possible for Wood Hudson to expand its reach. This summer we have a student with us from Chicago, and one from Maryland. With all the pros and cons of our emerging virtual world, this is a big pro. The UREP virtual research experience is a different way of learning compared to "hands-on," in the lab. But this program may very well be more of a critical-thinking experience, as students grapple with the thought aspect of a research proposal, and not so much with the technique of careful lab work (which is also very important).
Wood Hudson has provided the Undergraduate Research and Education Program (UREP) since 1982, and has trained nearly 350 students in the cancer research field. UREP serves men (46%) and women (54%). 42% of UREP students have gone on to become scientists or educators. 51% of UREP students have chosen medicine or health fields. The research experience gives them an upper-hand in their studies, as well as when they apply to medical school, graduate school, or other advanced programs. We are providing a critical experience to our rising generation of doctors and scientists, as they go forward in the fight against cancer and provide health care to communities near and far.
UREP students are paid for their time, and each student earns approximately $2,800 during the summer program. We couldn’t provide this program without donors like you! Please help us continue offering this valuable program by making a donation HERE. UREP is also funded through grants from PNC Charitable Trusts, the R.C. Durr Foundation, and the ChemED Foundation. We thank these organizations for their support.
Ft. Thomas Corvette Club Car Show In Person this Summer
Mark your calendars: the Ft. Thomas Corvette Club Car Show is back! Saturday, August 14, 2021, rain or shine, join us at Hofbrauhaus in Newport (200 Third Street, Newport, KY) for the 20th Annual Ft. Thomas Corvette Club Car Show.
Thank you to the generous sponsors who have already provided trophies for the event. Sponsoring a memorial trophy is a way to remember a loved one who has died of cancer, while giving forward to cancer research. If you or your company would like to sponsor a trophy or trophies, the cost is $125 each, and your name and your memorial will be recognized at the show. Sponsor a trophy HERE.
Another way you can get involved is by purchasing a door prize to donate to the show. We'd be happy to accept gift cards or other gifts in the $25 range. Come to the show! Besides a fun afternoon, you might take home a door prize!
The proceeds of this exciting event are donated to Wood Hudson Cancer Research, and we can’t thank the Ft. Thomas Corvette Club enough! Come and see the beautiful cars, have some great food, and listen to music by DJ Ray. If you are ready to come out again, we’ll be happy to see you there!
Watch "Jim Allison: Breakthrough" for free through June
Don't miss a last chance to see a free showing of "Jim Allison: Breakthrough." This new documentary portrays a glimpse of the trials and passion for discovering a cure for cancer of Nobel Prize winning scientist Dr. Jim Allison. The show is offered for free HERE for a few more days - through the end of June - by using the access code #CIM21.
Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory and the Kentucky Academy of Science co-hosted a panel discussion about the movie on June 16th. Dr. Siobhan Barone, Professor of Biology Thomas More University, Dr. Christine Brainson, Assistant Professor of Toxicology and Cancer Biology, University of Kentucky, Dr. Jeremy Graff, Chief Scientific Officer of IMV, a biotech company and Wood Hudson Trustee, and Dr. Julia Carter, President of Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory were the Panelists for the discussion.