Collaboration with Cornell Researchers

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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.

Click here for the schedule and syllabus for the Spring 2017 class. It meets every other Wednesday from 5:15 – 6:30 in Warren Hall 173.

To add your name to the email list to announcements about upcoming seminars, send your contact to Bob Riter.

Read more about the collaboration:

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.

Here is a sampling of the seminar topics that have been presented:

  • Tumors are more complicated than we thought: Can chemotherapy evolve with our evolving understanding of tumor biology?
    Nithya Kartha
  • Can exercise reduce the risk of cancer?
    Angela Di Francesco, Tina Gibble, Michaela Cioffredi (Ithaca College)
  • When Cancer Runs in the Family: The Role of Genetic Testing in Hereditary Cancers
    Claire Anderson (Ferre Institute)
  • Cancer Doesn’t Discriminate: Using comparative oncology to develop new cancer treatments.
    Melissa McDowell and Wilfred Leung.
  • Supply and Demand: Tumor Metabolism and the Blood Vessels that Feed It
    Peter DelNero
  • Circulating Tumor Cells: A window into cancer
    Fredrik Thege
  • Precision Medicine
    Catalina Pereira
  • The Connection Between Sugar and Cancer: It’s Complicated!
    Nora Springer
  • The squishing and squeezing of the cell nucleus in cell migration
    Alexandra Lynn McGregor
  • From Lab to Patient: Research and Regulatory Hurdles for New Drugs
    Emily Perregaux
  • Attempting to Understand Metastasis
    Patricia Davidson
  • Thyroid Cancer: An Overview from a Patient’s Perspective
    Lina Bagepalli
  • Targeting Cancer Cell Metabolism
    Maria Liberti
  • Biomarkers: What Are They? What do They Mean?
    Clint Stalnecker
  • Blood Cancer: The Dark Side of Immune System
    Alberto Purwada
  • Cancer Cell Invasion: How cancer cells use their surroundings to move throughout the body
    Alexandra Lynn McGregor
  • BRCA Twenty Years Later
    Nora Springer
  • Good Cells Gone Bad: How Cancer Cells Recruit Healthy Cells
    Sara Che
  • Angiogenesis
    Peter DelNiro
  • Nanotechology: How Does it Relate to Cancer Research?
    Sachi Horibata
  • The Immunology of Cancer
    Joseph Rosenthal
  • Why Would a Physicist Want to Study Cancer?
    Joe Miller
  • Metastasis
    Liz Wayne
  • Molecular Pathways
    Pei Xin Lim
  • Angelina’s Decision: Cancer Genetics and Implications for Testing
    Claire Anderson

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.



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