• By Bob Nellis

Mayo Clinic to host Science Conference for area students on Jan. 27

January 21, 2015

Researchers working in labMayo Clinic researchers have invited approximately 200 area eighth grade and high school students to the 16th Biennial Celebration of Research, a daylong conference for students interested in learning about careers in science.

The keynote address, "Harnessing Viruses to Attack Cancer," will be presented by Eva Galanis, M.D., a professor of oncology and chair of the Department of Molecular Medicine at Mayo Clinic. This year's theme, "Going Viral," pertains to Dr. Galanis’ research and clinical efforts on using modified viruses to develop novel therapeutics for cancer treatment.

Students are scheduled to attend from Albert Lea, Altura, Austin, Blooming Prairie, Caledonia, Chatfield, Dover, Elgin, Eyota, Faribault, Grand Meadow, Houston, Kasson, Kenyon, Lanesboro, Lewiston, Lyle, Mantorville, Mazeppa, Millville, Northfield, Owatonna, Peterson, Pine Island, Plainview, Rochester, Rushford, Southland, Stewartville, Winona and Zumbrota.

The event will be held in Phillips Hall, Siebens Building, Mayo Clinic, 100 Second Avenue SW, Rochester, on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT; keynote address at 9:15 a.m.; laboratory tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.

Celebration of Research organizers hope to encourage students to continue pursuing science in their academic careers and possibly choose careers in science and engineering. Students will meet with physician-scientists, researchers and lab technicians as they participate in observational and hands-on tours of research laboratories.

“Students will be introduced to a variety of careers in medical research as they learn more about the breadth of research that is currently conducted at Mayo," says event chair David I. Smith, Ph.D., from Mayo Clinic's Experimental Pathology Laboratory.

Mayo offers other opportunities to learn more about research and health care careers. See the Career Awareness website for more information. Mayo also supports the Rochester Area Math/Science Partnership and the Integrated Science Education Outreach program, which provide opportunities for educators, students and their communities to experience cutting-edge science and math projects that can produce new curriculum within schools.

NOTE: Most attendees have media waivers on file. Media are welcome to visit any time during the day. Please RSVP to Robert Nellis at 507-284-9521 or page at 507-255-3166, as you will need a Public Affairs escort during your visit.

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About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to medical research and education, and providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/about-mayo-clinic or http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/.

MEDIA CONTACT: Bob Nellis, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email: [email protected]

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