On May 13, WiSE hosted local parents and students for a two-part event called "Get WiSE about Neuroscience & Cancer" at the Dolan DNA Learning Center (DNALC) in Cold Spring Harbor, NY. This was the first event of it's kind at the DNALC. The students performed experiments using Backyard Brains equipment, similar to the experiments done at "Brain Day," and learned how to be neuroscientists for the day. They worked with one another, as well as, cockroaches to understand how neurons work.
Simultaneously, parents were invited to a lecture from Dr. Camila Dos Santos and a panel discussion. Dr. Camila Dos Santos is a cancer researcher and was invited to present her work and inform the public of the research she is working on. Her lab focuses on the epigenetic regulation of normal and malignant mammary gland development, especially the alterations brought by pregnancy. Camila’s team works to improve the "notion of the mammary epigenome during normal development and use this information to gain insight into new preventive and curative strategies to target breast cancer." Dr. Camila dos Santos also attended the panel discussion alongside post-docs, students, and research technicians. During the panel, parents were able to ask questions, such as about how research gets funded and about future opportunities for their children to be involved in science. We hope to plan more events like this in the future to include parents and give them more insight on research and science.
You can read more about the event here: https://www.sa-sha.org/advocacy/2017/5/15/get-wise-about-neuroscience-cancer
And you can learn more about Dr. Dos Santos' work here: http://dossantoslab.labsites.cshl.edu/people/