High School Students Explore New Frontiers in Biomedicine

High School Students Explore New Frontiers in Biomedicine

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The Health Museum hosted it’s fifth annual Challenges & Solutions in Medicine in the 21st Century conference, July 8–11. This conference, exclusively for academically gifted, high school students with an interest in medical sciences, provided attendees the opportunity to explore the challenge facing modern day medicine.

Over 50 attendees met with leading experts from the Texas Medical Center and discussed topics ranging from cutting-edge diagnostic technologies to astounding advances in neuroscience and nanotechnology to debates surrounding national health care policy. These gifted students were given exclusive, on-site visits to Methodist Hospital, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), The School of Health Professions at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Texas Women’s University.

This year’s conference theme was Exploring New Frontiers in Biomedicine. The 2014 conference session focused on the ways science is going beyond traditional boundaries of what we can see, understand or treat in order to find solutions for medical challenges of the 21st century.

Kenneth L. Mattox, M.D., distinguished service professor in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, chief of staff and surgeon-in-chief at Ben Taub General Hospital and former chairman of the board of The Health Museum, kicked-off the conference with Beyond the Imagination, a presentation on medical advances that seemed impossible just last year.

Throughout the week, attendees stayed on campus at Rice University and made their way through TMC, hearing from over 20 experts in medicine and research technology. Some of these presenters included; Jefferey Jacot, Ph.D., assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice University, who spoke on the capabilities of grow- ing heart tissue to be used as a repair for heart defects. Jun Gu, M.D., Ph.D., spoke on new technologies emerging for diagnostic tools in pediatric, adult and prenatal medicine. Elizabeth A. Noser, M.D., director of the Stroke Community Outreach and Education at UTHealth spoke on the Mobile Stroke Unit study and how it addressed some of the challenges in delivering acute stroke treatment.

“This unique experience will deepen these high school students’ understand- ing of medical science and introduce them to a variety of medical related career paths to explore,” said Anna Hawley, chief operating officer at The Health Museum.

The Health Museum, whose mission is to foster wonder and curiosity about health, medical science and the human body, hosts this annual conference each July.

Whitney Bennett,
– The Health Museum

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