The Next Generation to Look for a Cure
Dartmouth students explore their calling as cancer researchers
What it is like to be a cancer researcher
There was a low hum of activity as more than two dozen students settled into the eighth floor Board Room with notebooks open before them and over-stuffed backpacks at their feet. They were writing in their words what they had come to learn:
- The biological and human dimension of cancer
- How to initiate and execute a research project with an idea of what I want to research myself
- The state of cancer treatment technology
- The proximate and ultimate cause of cancer in children
Moving scientific discovery into patient care rapidly
Students in the Dartmouth Cancer Scholars program are considering Dartmouth's MD/PhD program and others, which offer training in basic sciences and patient care to accelerate the implementation of new knowledge into routine care. Whenever new discoveries are made, they've learned the goal is to move findings from the laboratory to the bedside as quickly as possible.
Attracting talent to cancer research
The first person to challenge the young scholars was Mark Israel, MD, Director, Norris Cotton Cancer Center. "The very smartest people today are engaged in cancer. We draw the best minds. It is an amazing field," said Dr. Israel.
On the second week the scholars heard about the essential patience and joy of research from Yolanda Sanchez, PhD. Dr. Sanchez described how the major discoveries she has made in her laboratory fuel her continued curiosity as a cancer investigator.
The cancer researchers of the future
Five weeks into the experience the 35 students indicated their interest in cancer has increased by an average of 59 percent. Norris Cotton Cancer Center designed this learning experience to seed the imaginations of the next generation of researchers, who may very well one day be the ones who find the keys to curing cancer once and for all.
November 07, 2011
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