Feb. 13, 2019
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'Science On Saturday' to cover how scientists use 3D printing in cancer research

Carrie L Martin, martin59 [at] llnl.gov, 925-424-4715

WHO: LLNL scientists Monica Moya, Javier Alvarado, Karen Dubbin, William Hynes and Claire Robertson, with teacher Melody McGill of Roosevelt Junior High School, will present "Seed, Soil and Spread: 3D Bioprinted Model for Metastatic Brain Tumors," the third lecture in the 2019 Science on Saturday series that highlights the many facets of the brain.

WHAT: The talk will focus on how cancer becomes highly dangerous when it spreads from its original site to a different vital organ. These secondary tumors called metastases are what kill most patients. Despite hundreds of years of research, it is not understood why, where and how cancer spreads to organs like the brain. A major limitation in the current knowledge is how we study this process; most metastasis research is performed in mice. Scientists at LLNL are building systems to watch metastasis happen. Using 3D printing technology paired with advanced computer modeling, functional human brain blood vessels are created to monitor how cancer cells spread to the brain and form a tumor. This talk will describe how scientists bring together cancer biology, 3D printing and material science to understand and hopefully prevent metastases in the future.

WHEN:  Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019
Session I: 9:30 a.m.
Session II: 11:15 a.m. (same content as Session I)

WHERE: Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.

NOTE: Science on Saturday is sponsored by LLNL's University Relations and Science Education Program. Lectures are open to the public and specifically targeted to middle and high school students. No pre-registration is required, seating is on a first-come basis. For more information about Science on Saturday, visit the web or contact Joanna Albala, Education Program manager, at (925) 422-6803 or albala1 [at] llnl.gov (email).