Join us for a special evening celebrating science- with live demo and a debate! We will talk, learn and debate all things cancer. Get ready to get your hands slimy!
The basics of cancer invasion (with slime demo!)
Joanna Lee ( Stanford University)
Cancer spreading to other parts of body is the cause of 90% of cancer-related death. Cancer invasion is the first key step in this process, in which cancer cells break through the tumor border and into neighboring tissues. Recent research from our group and others show that tissue stiffening drives cancer invasion. Tissue stiffening is caused in part by protein crosslinking, which will be demonstrated with a DIY slime demo. How does stiffness drive cancer invasion? And can we target stiffness to prevent the spread of cancer in the body?
Fighting cancer from within: Are we ready for cancer immunotherapy?
Saumyaa and Rachel Lynn (Stanford University)
We all know the drill. A devastating cancer diagnosis is followed by months or years of chemo and radiation. These treatments can and do save lives – yet in the process, unleash powerful toxic agents on an already frail and embattled human body. But what if there was another way? Cancer immunotherapy is an exciting new approach that harnesses the power of your own immune system to attack cancer cells. And like all things that seem too good to be true, there may be more than meets the eye. We’ll set you up with all the facts and then hash out the options together in our next science slam.
Tickets are only $5! ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT’S TICKET SALE WILL GO TO NORTH BAY FIRE RELIEF EFFORTS.
(Food and drinks available for purchase)