Saturday event gives the public a close up look at cancer research

Cancer researchers host talks, tours and interactive learning at Ann Arbor’s North Campus Research Complex

cancer researchHave you ever wondered what cancer researchers do all day (and sometimes all night) in their laboratories? Activities can be as complex as designing new experiments and carrying out existing ones, or as simple as feeding breakfast to a dish full of cells. Cancer research can aim to learn more about treating adults, or treating children. And sometimes researchers use a lot of jargon that actually makes sense, once you’re in the know, like ‘Hedgehog signaling pathway.’

Scientists and other researchers at the University of Michigan’s Translational Oncology Program are enthusiastic about their work to find a cancer cure. They’d like to share their enthusiasm with the public through a hands-on event ‘One Day Closer to a Cure’ where participants can see what a day of cancer research looks like.

The program is geared toward anyone who is curious about science, including high school students, teachers and families. Advance registrants get lunch and a t-shirt. All the TOP scientists will be on hand for talks, tours and interactive learning sessions, and to answer questions about what it takes to become a cancer researcher.

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer CenterThe University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 1,000 doctors, nurses, care givers and researchers are united by one thought: to deliver the highest quality, compassionate care while working to conquer cancer through innovation and collaboration. The center is among the top-ranked national cancer programs, and #1 in Michigan for cancer patient care. Seventeen multidisciplinary clinics offer one-stop access to teams of specialists for personalized treatment plans, part of the ideal patient care experience. Patients also benefit through access to promising new cancer therapies.