01:00am Monday 23 October 2017

Molecular Medicine In Action Offers Hands-On Research

The two-day successful program, now in its eleventh year, grants these select students the opportunity to work alongside some of the nation’s top researchers in the labs of the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research.

“This conference introduces the students to incredible new knowledge that is rapidly becoming accessible from the recent advances in biomedicine and the quickening pace of scientific discovery,” said MMIA program director Karen Pollok, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics and director of the In Vivo Therapeutics Core for the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center. “More than 500 Indiana high school students now have shared the excitement of what genetic science promises—both for understanding and developing treatments as well as cures of complex diseases. We also continue to update our research modules to include emerging new technologies.”

IU scientists will guide students through laboratories and workstations where they will learn how gene mutations are identified, how DNA is isolated, how to use the latest microscopic imaging techniques and other fundamentals of modern biomedical research. Also, Eric M. Meslin, PhD., director of the IU Center for Bioethics, will explain to students the role of ethics in biomedical research. Dr. Meslin incorporates a computer-based interactive component to his lecture. “We are excited about integrating this novel technology into our lectures and research modules,” commented Pollok.

The Molecular Medicine In Action program seeks to get students intrigued about science and inspire them to pursue careers in science. Also, MMIA organizers hope to raise awareness of areas of excellence at Riley Hospital for Children and the IU School of Medicine, and increase interaction between the medical school and Indiana’s secondary schools and teachers.

Support for this year’s program includes funding in part from the Riley Children’s Foundation, Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, and IU School of Medicine.

Students participating in this year’s MMIA program are:

Student Name

Student Last Name

High School

School County

Mary

Thomas

Lake Central High School

Lake

Samuel

Zuke

Highland High School

Lake

Heather

Rogers

Knox Community High School

Starke 

Patrick

Peek

Elkhart Central High School

Elkhart

Caleb

Querry

Kokomo High School

Howard

Russell

Reed

Eastern High School 

Howard 

Abigayil

Coffing 

Fairfield Junior Senior High School

Elkhart

Shelby

Burge

Goshen High School

Elkhart

Ashlee

Shaw

Frankfort Senior High School

Clinton

Tia

Schrader

Eastside Jr. Sr. High School 

DeKalb 

Megan

Ramus

DeKalb High School

DeKalb 

Whitnie

Fisher

Adams Central

Adams

Breanne

Reimer

Central Noble High School

Noble

Kimberly

Springstead 

East Noble High School

Noble   

Courtney

Davies

R. Nelson Snider

Allen

Austen

Rang   

Bishop Dwenger High School 

Allen

Jordan

Lake

Mississinewa High School

Grant

Rebecca

Howland

Crawfordsville High School 

Montgomery 

Esteban

Garcia

West Lafayette High School 

Tippecanoe County

Benjamin

Cox

Fountain Central  

Fountain 

Dustin

Morris 

Terre Haute North Vigo High School

Vigo

Austin

Thomas 

South Vermillion High School 

Vermillion 

Cara 

McCauley 

North Montgomery High School 

Montgomery 

Meradith

Dickensheets

William Henry Harrison High School

Tippecanoe County

Ariel

Crouse

Eminence High School

Morgan 

Amber

Ordaz

Ben Davis High School 

Marion 

Trishya

Srinivasan 

International School of Indiana

Marion

Kelly

Mitchell

Lawrence North High School

Marion

Marisha

Wickremsinhe 

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School 

Marion 

Dolores

Dodson

North Central High School

Marion  

Danny

Tuttle

Cathedral High School 

Marion 

Brittany

Teipen   

Beech Grove High School 

Marion 

Rachael

Dickerson

Greenfield Central

Hancock

Kristen

Smith 

Delta High School 

Delaware 

Tina

Ahmadi

Yorktown High School

Delaware County

Elise

Lockwood

University High School

Hamilton 

Kailey

Jurkiewicz

Hamilton Southeastern 

Hamilton  

Angela

Ma

Carmel High School

Hamilton 

Kayla

Lydon   

Mater Dei High School 

Vanderburgh

Nicholas

Heshelman 

North Daviess 

Daviess

Emma

Winkler

Bloomington High School North

Monroe 

Christina

Krawec 

Signature School

Vanderburgh

Mollie

Keller

William Henry Harrison High School

Vanderburgh

Kelly

Purcell 

Rivet High School 

Knox  

Erika

Hauenstein 

Tell City High School 

Perry

Tyler

Beach   

Greenwood Community High School

Johnson

Katrina

Brandenburg

Jennings County High School

Jennings 

Spencer

Whiteman 

Jeffersonville High School 

Clark

Mariah

Killin 

Center Grove

Johnson

Matthew

Bills 

Connersville Senior High School

Fayette

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The Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research conducts basic science and translational research within the Department of Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, offering exceptional opportunities for collaborations between basic scientists and physicians. Areas of pediatric research include immune disorders, blood-related and heart diseases, lung development, diabetes, and cancer and growth disorders. The Wells Center is affiliated with Riley Hospital for Children and Riley Children’s Foundation. Since opening in 1991, the Center has grown from 4 investigators and 3 employees to the current staff of 34 investigators and 200 staff members. Work in the Wells Center focuses on both discovery basic research and “translational” studies, which seek to rapidly move basic or bench research findings into the clinical setting. The research programs of Wells faculty are multidisciplinary and traverse traditional clinical section boundaries. Sections represented from Riley Hospital and Department of Pediatrics includes Hematology/Oncology, Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine, Cardiology, Endocrinology and Diabetology, Pulmonology and Critical Care and Dermatology and Medicine.

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Media Contact:

Eric Schoch
(317) 274-7722
eschoch@iupui.edu


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