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Bioscience Exploration:

High School Students


Program Description

Our established Medical Science camps are designed for high school students (grades 9-11) who are interested in a career in clinical or research medicine. These camps include opportunities to meet clinicians and scientists and discuss careers in the medical and allied health professions. We are pleased to offer this year our antibiotic discovery and enzymes camp that looks at the detection, isolation and measurement of enzyme activity, and our forensic medicine camp introduced last year. Students can look forward to an exciting summer of fun and scientific inquiry.

  • Solving Crimes with DNA: Facts, Fiction and Television

    July 7 – 11, 2014

    High school students (grades 9 – 11) will spend the week isolating DNA, analyzing it through methods commonly employed in forensic laboratories, and interpreting the results. They will not only learn and practice these laboratory techniques, but will also discuss the ethics of forensic DNA testing and explore the application and implications of DNA evidence in real cases. They will apply these techniques to “solve” a hypothetical crime through the use of DNA analyses and reasoning. While doing this, they will learn about the life of a ‘real’ CSI.

  • Antibiotic Discovery and Enzymes

    July 14 – 18, 2014

    The problem: The rise in the number of multidrug-resistant bacteria has led to a significant increase in the morbidity and mortality in patients infected with pathogenic bacteria.

    In order to discover new antibiotics to fight bacterial infections, researchers must first discover enzymes or mechanisms present in bacteria that are preferably not associated with humans. Over the course of one week, students will perform hands on experiments relating to the detection, isolation and the measurement of enzyme activity from bacteria as a way of exposing them to the process of antibiotic development.

  • Medicine and Human Disease

    July 28 – August 1, 2014

    The focus of this camp will be on systemic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, metabolic disease and cancer. Students will conduct tests for measuring normal organ function and will learn how to perform several routine diagnostic and medical laboratory procedures. They will also examine preserved human organs, both macroscopically and microscopically, and will learn how to distinguish healthy and diseased tissues.

  • Epidemics and Infectious Diseases

    August 4 – 8, 2014

    This camp will give students interested in biomedical research an exciting opportunity to explore the diverse world of microbes. Students will participate in the collection and isolation of microorganisms, and learn laboratory techniques required for growing, visualizing and identifying bacterial organisms as a basis for gaining valuable insight into the world of epidemiology. They will learn about infections, epidemics and how science is attempting to stay one step ahead of microbes in an arms race that threatens our very existence.