An innovative program connects the clients of the Cancer Resource Center and doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows engaged in cancer research at Cornell University. Seminars are led by students about a current topic in cancer research. Presentations are in lay language and attendees are encouraged to ask questions that clarify basic concepts.
To add your name to the email list to announcements about upcoming seminars, send your contact to Bob Riter.
Click here to see the class syllabus for Spring 2018.
Read more about the collaboration:
- From Patients to Partners by Peter DelNero and Alexandra McGregor in Science Magazine.
- Involving Patient Advocates (slides from a presentation by Bob Riter)
- Candid conversation: Cancer patients and survivors connect with Cornell students (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine)
- Cornell cancer researchers listen to patients’ stories (Cornell Chronicle, Sept. 2014)
- Dimensions of Cancer (an undergraduate course developed and taught by Peter DelNero).
- Into the mind of a cancer researcher (A photobook created by Emma Stowe that highlights researchers at Cornell)
- Aiming for the moon (July 2016, Ithaca Times)
- Ithaca Voice article (Oct. 2014)
- Winning a “ToGo” Award (Town-Gown) award from Cornell (Dec. 2013)
- Cancer scientists talk shop and life with cancer patients (Scopes Magazine, July 2013)
- Community engagement in biomedical sciences and engineering (an academic poster that describes the first three years of the collaboration)
- “Connecting Researchers in the Basis Sciences with a Local Cancer Community,” an academic style poster (Oct. 2017)
- An academic-style poster “Community Engagement by Cancer Researchers”
- Click here for the schedule and syllabus for the Spring 2017 class.
Beginning in Spring 2016 and with the support of the Engaged Cornell Initiative, the collaboration expanded and is serving as the foundation for a Graduate Certificate of Engagement in Public Communication of Science and Technology.
A second component of the collaboration integrates doctoral students in the basic sciences into our support groups. It’s not a one-time visit – the students participate for months and become friends with group members.
The comments of one student captures the value of the interaction:
Being involved with support groups at the Cancer Resource Center has been a wonderful and eye-opening experience for me in many ways. As a researcher, my primary experience with cancer is a disease that I want to understand better through laboratory experiments. The interaction with survivors and patients has been invaluable in offering me a completely different perspective. Through the support group, I have been able to experience and apprehend the pain, struggle, uncertainty and fear associated with cancer, but I have also witnessed the strength and determination of many survivors first hand. With this experience, the disease has evolved from a biological problem on a lab bench to something much more personal and emotional on many levels. At the same time, the people I interacted inspired me to continue my work professionally, but in many ways personally also. The sessions have made me aware of the effect of cancer not just on the patients, but also on their future and their family.