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About the program

The Molecular Medicine In Action (MMIA) free program that was developed by representatives of the Riley Children’s Foundation, the Wells Center for Pediatric Research, the IU School of Medicine, the Indiana Association of Biology Teachers and the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers with the hopes of providing high school students an inside view of research and science.

We are seeking a diverse group of talented students who have demonstrated interest and potential in science to spend two days learning about the latest techniques in molecular biology, cytogenetics, and cancer therapy, including analysis of gene expression, imaging technology, and modulation of cancer cell growth. We want to encourage students to consider careers in science, and give them a sense of the excitement that comes with doing cutting-edge medical research that will revolutionize healthcare in the 21st Century.

The two day program will begin Sunday afternoon, March 18, 2018, with activities, dinner and brief introductory lectures at the J.W. Marriott downtown Indianapolis, IN. Monday activities will be conducted at the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, located at the Indiana University Cancer Research Institute, with scientist and physicians from the medical school. Much of the students’ time will be spent doing hands-on work in laboratories at this state-of-the art facility. The program will conclude around 4:30pm on Monday, March 19, 2018

“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” elates Mark Kelley, PhD., Associate Director, Wells Center for Pediatric Research.

Molecular Medicine In Action

What are our goals?

  • Increase students’ excitement for science
  • Provide hands-on learning in a state-of-the art medicine and allied health environment
  • Increase the number of students that ultimately select science as a career choice

What will I learn if I am selected?

  • How DNA is isolated and analyzed
  • How cytogenetics is used to diagnose diseases
  • What types if research models are used to investigate the underlying causes of diabetes
  • How bioethics relates to the scientific process
  • How cancer cells respond to drug therapy

What will I do during MMIA

  • Work side-by-side with IU School of Medicine researchers and physicians in laboratory work stations
  • Learn where we are in the fight against cancer and diabetes
  • Learn how modern molecular biology techniques are used for gene discovery, mutation analysis and cellular function
  • Meet and interact with top scientists and other high school student from across the State of Indiana

How do I apply?

  • Complete the online application by the deadline date