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Diversity in Science Panel Discussion

Thursday, November 18, 2010 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Panelists discuss their careers in science and medicine. Additional panelists to be announced. Visit again shortly for more information.


Medhat Osman, M.D., Sc.M, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Nuclear Medicine, Division of Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Topic: PET/CT: The Most Important Cancer Imaging Model

Positron emission tomography (PET) using fluorine-18-2-deoxy-D-glucose (18F-FDG) diagnoses, stages, and restages many cancers with an accuracy ranging from 80-90% and is often better than anatomical imaging modalities. PET/CT is currently considered the most important cancer imaging modality. Since the introduction of PET/CT in the late 1990’s, numerous studies have shown that whole-body (WB) dual-modality imaging is better than PET or CT alone for staging and restaging most cancers, but the term whole body is misleading. Whole Body PET/CT scans typically scan from the base of the skull to the upper thigh. True Body Scans– extending from the top of the skull to the bottom of the feet– detect as much as eight percent of cancerous legions that occur outside the current imaging field, offering hope for improved treatment and prognosis. True Body Scan creator, Dr. Medhat Osman talks about the latest in cancer imaging.

Rumi Kato Price, Ph.D., MPE, Research Professor of Psychiatry, Co-Director, NIDA Training Program, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine

Topic: Home Front: Working with Missouri’s Returning Soldiers

Military science is not limited to improving drones, detection of IEDs, or smart prosthetics. Today’s US military invests considerable resources in human fitness, and not merely physical, but psychological as well. Look around your own community– you may find a daughter of the corner grocer coming back from Iraq, or a high school friend of your older brother leaving for Afghanistan. A great number of soldiers return home from tours of duty overseas suffering from psychological injuries.
Find out what life is like for Missouri’s citizen soldiers once they return home from armed conflict, how their families suffer and cope to put their lives back together, and how you can help. You’ll learn about the science of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury– two signature injuries of the Iraq and Afghani conflicts, in this timely and revealing look at the psychological health of our sons and daughters home from war.

Miquia Henderson, M.D./Ph.D. CandidateMedical Scientist Training Program, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Washington University School of Medicine

Topic: On the Road to being a Physician-Scientist: a Student’s Perspective

Graduate student Miquia Henderson talks about the intersection of science and medicine, why she’s chosen a career in both, and her research on how fat causes cells to die.

To be held at:
Kirkwood High School Keating Theater,
801 West Essex, Kirkwood, MO 63122

FREE and OPEN to ALL—middle and high school students, teachers, adults and the general public. Registration not required.

FREE parking in high school lot.

STUDENT OPPORTUNITES TO COMPETE FOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS— two $250 scholarships for middle and high school students. Attend 3 – 4 seminars or panel discussions and write about your experience. Scholarship decisions announced in May 2011.

DRAWINGS FOR TWO FREE JUNIOR SCIENCE ACADEMY MEMBERSHIPS at each Pioneering Science Seminar. Junior Academy of Science https://academyofsciencestl.org/initiatives/junior_academy.php— Real-world science opportunities and field trips monthly— for students of all abilities in grades 6 – 12.

Pioneering Science Series co-sponsor:


Thursday, November 18, 2010
7:00 PM-8:30 PM