High School Students Research Emerging Cancer Treatments
The International Cancer Alliance for Research and Education brought 18 students to the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus as part of its Summer Student Scholars program. Under the tutelage of ICare Chairman Dr. W. David Hankins and Wesley Russ, executive director of Montgomery County I-Teams, students from around the county gathered to discuss the latest research and technologies for curing cancer.
During the nine-week program, each student became an expert on one of 34 emerging treatment options for multiple types of cancers. At the end of the program, students presented their findings to the class using PowerPoint presentations, brochures and film.
Established as a think tank in 1985 in Bethesda, ICare is working to expand its reach to high school students to facilitate discussions about new cancer research and treatment options. ICare has an office at Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus. Hankins is academically affiliated with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Russ is a chemistry teacher at Churchill High School in Potomac.
ICare is committed to saving lives through spreading the knowledge of emerging cancer treatments. I-Teams connect patients and their physicians with the most knowledgeable and creative cancer researchers. ICare exists to bring emerging cancer treatments to patients in Montgomery County. ICare provides information about clinical trials to cancer patients who come to them looking for answers.
“We’re all about linking solutions to problems,” Hankins said.
“The ICare Summer Student Scholars Program is a model of a think tank for kids. They are thinking about science and research in a new way,” Russ said. Because of his encouragement and a presentation made by Hankins at the high school, many of Russ’s chemistry students did research as part of the ICare program this summer.
“Dr. Hankins did a great job of explaining what we were learning and making sure we understood the science of what we were researching,” said Andrew Zohore, a senior at Churchill.
In addition to the research students did, they also worked on raising awareness about ICare’s work through social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. The Churchill students are working to bring ICare’s mission to their high school and plan to continue their work through the school year. They hope to have 100 students on the Churchill ICare Team.
Partnering with academic programs in high schools around the county, ICare hopes to grow its participants and I-Teams this school year and raise awareness about the many emerging cancer treatments that should be brought to Montgomery County.