The goal: come up with an idea to wow their peers and win
In a format resembling the hit television show "Shark Tank," researchers came together at
"Every group is an all-star cast," said host
Eleven teams--named for the 1985 and 1987 Daniel Drake Medal Award recipients--were formed based on a drawing that was done previously by Barrett. He took names from three buckets: clinicians,
After only a few hours, each team presented its idea during five-minute timed presentations, and the entire group of participants voted.
The Josef Warkany, MD, Team, co-chaired by Radiation Oncologist Kris Huang, MD, PhD, and UC and
"Our proposal involves adapting nanoparticles to be able to label where cancers are in the body and eventually use those same particles to not only see the tumor but also treat it at the same time so that we can identify the tumor and know that the medication is getting there,"
The team now has one month to formalize their proposal and an additional year to bring it to fruition.
"It was the ultimate in collaboration, bringing together enormously talented people who are working day and night to fight cancer," says Barrett, who revealed at the event that the prize money came from the late
"This was an exciting event, and I feel that we helped to generate internal and external enthusiasm for the cancer program and its research strengths. We are just getting started and it is going to be a great ride."
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