Spark program to hold research day

July 20, 2006

TAMPA, Fla, -Moffitt’s Summer Program for the Advancement of Research Knowledge (SPARK) is hosting a Research Day July 31 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Vincent A. Stabile Research Building. A buffet dinner and awards ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. R.S.V.P. to (813) 979-3887 by July 28.

The SPARK program is for college undergraduates and new high school graduates interested in pursuing a career in science or medicine. Throughout the summer students attend weekly science seminars and work with graduate and postdoctoral fellows. The 10-week program integrates interns directly into Moffitt laboratories.

Research Day will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the American Cancer Society Research Program. The day will include presentations by summer interns describing their work throughout the summer. Invited speaker, Dr. Stephen Sener will present a talk at

12 p.m. in the Ted & Marty Couch Auditorium in the Vincent A. Stabile Research Building “Are we making progress in the war on cancer? A mid-course assessment of the American Cancer Society’s 2015 goals.” Lunch will be served to attendees.

Sener is vice-chairman in the department of surgery at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Since 1984, Sener has been a long-term volunteer for the American Cancer Society. He was president of the Illinois Division in 1993-1994 and since that time he has been on the National Board of Directors of the ACS. In 2002, Sener was elected vice president of the National ASC and served as

president in 2004-2005.

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Research Day is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, the Department of Defense, The Saunders Foundation, The Frank E. Duckwall Foundation and the American Cancer Society, FL Division, Inc.

In 2001, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute earned NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center status in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country's leading cancer centers, and is listed in the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in America. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.

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