University Retreat for Research, Cincinnati Charge Against Cancer

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Jul 14 2015
  • Jul 14, 2015, 12:00 AM-12:00 AM
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On the day the stars of Major League Baseball suit up for their annual showdown, a sterling group of Cincinnati minds will meet for an innovative daylong brainstorm to develop the next big idea in cancer research for a piece of a $100,000 research prize.

For the second year, Dr. William Barrett, Director of the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute, has called together researchers with big brains from disciplines across the university to come up with breakthrough ideas about cancer – not just from medicine, but engineering and other sciences. “The idea is to stimulate collaborations,” he said. “People who didn’t know each other before get together and bring what they have to the table, and it gets people excited about something new, something different.”

The retreat will take place on campus on the morning of the All-Star Game, July 14. Three prizes totaling $100,000 will be divided among three winning research ideas.

And you can participate. This year, you can suggest YOUR ideas to advance the fight against cancer through the Cincinnati Enquirer: 

Attendees will be assigned to groups, and they will have two hours to come up with a new idea that has not been funded for study before. The idea could focus on research, prevention, survival or some other area. Barrett said the money came from Carl H. Lindner Jr., who instructed Barrett to use it to build collaborations to fight cancer. Lindner, founder of the American Financial Group, died in 2011. One prize was given last year; three will be given this year.

Last year’s winner was the group led by oncologist Kris Huang, a UC breast-cancer specialist, and Lisa Privette Vinnedge, a researcher at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Huang said when he got his invitation to participate in the retreat, he was eager to take on “a very fresh way of approaching the problem, of mixing all your ideas. It reminded me of a more entrepreneurial effort.” He only knew one other person in the group when it met that day last year, Huang said. First there was a round of introductions, and “it became obvious that there were several people in the room who knew about nanoparticles.”

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