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Description: In this seminar learn how the most recent discoveries through cancer research are being translated into cutting-edge treatments for cancer patients. New approaches utilizing computer-assisted diagnostics, medical imaging and statistical pattern recognition allow for a more accurate diagnosis of a range of malignancies. Comprehensive genomic profiling of tumors through next-generation sequencing technologies offers the promise of personalized cancer therapy with targeted drugs. We will discuss the innovative immunotherapy approaches that are being utilized to harness the immune system in the fight against cancer and translational clinical trials that are being tested to study novel drugs in patients.
Description: The seminar will focus on deep-sea exploration from the origins to present times, and discussions will be based on a mix of oral presentations and documentaries. The seminar will expose students to the deep-sea environment and its inhabitants, and it will include discussions on ongoing ecological and microbiological research conducted at Rutgers in the most extreme environments on the face of the planet (e.g., deep-sea hydrothermal vents with temperatures in excess of 700°F located at depths of 1 - 2 miles beneath the ocean surface). The biotechnological potential of the deep-sea - e.g., the discovery of chemical compounds isolated from deep-sea vent organisms that may have pharmaceutical potential for curing certain types of cancer - will also be discussed. "Hands on" activities will include interactive exchanges between students and the professors focused on historical videos of deep-sea exploration. Among others, these videos include an Oscar-winning film documenting the initial biological expedition to deep-sea vents in 1979 (led by the first Director of Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences) and a special, large-screen Blu-ray showing for the class of an IMAX film entitled "Volcanoes of the Deep Sea" that was co-produced by Rutgers University featuring Rutgers scientists and research efforts. Rutgers was recently ranked 4th in the world among oceanographic research institutions and this seminar will expose the enrolled students to not only the cutting edge, deep-sea exploration that played a critical role over the years in helping Rutgers achieve that prominent world stature, but also to the many opportunities available to them related to oceanography at the University. 2b1af7f3a8