Fox Chase Cancer Center to Host High School Students as Part of Immersion Science Program

PHILADELPHIA (June 1, 2017) - Approximately 200 students from five area high schools will come together at Fox Chase Cancer Center on June 5 to present data they gathered through the Center’s Immersion Science Program.

In Fox Chase’s Immersion Science Program, students are able to provide valuable data that can help working researchers, while also having the opportunity to explore science in a hands-on way. This year, students have been screening dietary chemicals to identify foods that may interfere with targeted cancer treatments.

Fox Chase is the first cancer center to develop a large-scale, low-cost citizen science program for cancer research.

“Students are doing real research with the potential for rapid impact on patients,” said Alana O’Reilly, PhD, scientific director of the Immersion Science Program. “By identifying foods that patients should avoid while having targeted therapy, we can potentially tailor diets to improve the efficacy of those treatments.”

In addition to presenting their results at the mini-symposium, students will hear from a variety of speakers and will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Fox Chase scientists. The event runs from 10 am to 1 pm.

The primary goal of the Immersion Science Program is to provide comprehensive science research training to high school students to prepare them for future careers in science and health. The Immersion Science Program hosts a number of events, training courses and programs for both students and teachers, among them, the Immersion Science Teachers Program. This initiative trains high school teachers to implement lab practices that allow students to participate in real-time research experiments. The program is funded through a grant from the Society for Developmental Biology in partnership with Fox Chase.

“Science is not an easy subject and it can easily become a lecture class when there’s a tight budget,” said Dara Ruiz-Whalen, education director of the Immersion Science Program. “These teachers are showing the importance and impact of hands-on learning.”

Schools participating in the program include Abraham Lincoln High School, Academy at Palumbo, A String Theory Charter School, and Nazareth Academy in Philadelphia and Kingsway Regional High School in New Jersey.

Fox Chase Cancer Center (Fox Chase), which includes the Institute for Cancer Research and the American Oncologic Hospital and is a part of Temple Health, is one of the leading comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase is also one of just 10 members of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence six consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. It is the policy of Fox Chase Cancer Center that there shall be no exclusion from, or participation in, and no one denied the benefits of, the delivery of quality medical care on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, age, ancestry, color, national origin, physical ability, level of education, or source of payment.

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