City of Hope Teams up With Award-Winning Actress Mayim Bialik of CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” to Launch the Hope Experiment and Inspire STEM Students

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Pop-up event in Santa Monica today includes hands-on, interactive
activities that demonstrate how the institution’s innovative research
can lead to scientific miracles

DUARTE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and cancer treatment
center, today announced the launch of the Hope Experiment, a special
pop-up educational event, highlighting the institution’s commitment to
inspiring young people to study science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM), in partnership with Emmy-nominated and Critics
Choice-award-winning actress Mayim Bialik and Cal-HOSA (Health
Occupations Students of America).

The Hope Experiment, which debuts on the Third Street Promenade in Santa
Monica, California, (between Arizona Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard)
today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT, aims to share the promise of science
with students and the general public by showcasing City of Hope’s
expertise in the research and treatment of cancer.

Bialik, who not only plays a neuroscientist on CBS’s “The Big Bang
Theory” but also earned Ph.D. and B.S. degrees in neuroscience, says a
biology tutor introduced her to the fascinating world of science and
innovation at age 15, giving her the confidence to pursue a career in
STEM and inspire others to pursue their passion for science.

“I know students may not always be initially excited or interested in
STEM, but I also know firsthand that being a scientist is so creative
and impactful,” says Bialik. “With that opportunity to inspire in mind,
I’m thrilled to partner with City of Hope and Cal-HOSA to launch the
Hope Experiment, which will bring to life how innovations in the lab can
lead to fascinating careers, such as developing lifesaving cures.”

City of Hope has an impressive track record of research breakthroughs
and is constantly working to turn novel scientific research into the
most advanced medical services. Three key areas of cancer research being
pioneered at City of Hope will be featured at the Hope Experiment and
will include live, hands-on demonstrations and the opportunity to speak
with the researchers involved in these studies.

  • CAR-T Cell Therapies: City of Hope is at the forefront of a
    specific kind of immunotherapy, known as CAR-T cell therapy, in which
    a patient’s immune system is reprogrammed to recognize and destroy
    their cancer tumors. Researchers are using this therapy for patients
    with many different types of cancers, including brain, prostate and
    breast cancer, lymphoma and multiple myeloma.
  • Nanotechnology: By harnessing leading-edge nanotechnology, City
    of Hope researchers are working to deliver targeted therapy directly
    to cancer cells without damaging nearby tissues, and to stimulate the
    immune system to attack the cancer.
  • Superfoods: City of Hope is among the first to examine certain
    foods which may have the ability to combat cancer – without affecting
    healthy tissue – such as mushrooms, blueberries, pomegranates,
    cinnamon and grape seed extract.

“Launching the Hope Experiment in partnership with Mayim Bialik and
Cal-HOSA is an opportunity to educate the community and inspire students
on City of Hope’s unparalleled, groundbreaking innovations in the
prevention and treatment of cancer,” said Steven T. Rosen, M.D., provost
and chief scientific officer for City of Hope. “Science, technology,
engineering and math are all critical components of the outstanding care
and research for which City of Hope has been known for over 100 years.
That is why we must continue to foster the growth and development of the
next generation of scientists, who will one day play a vital role in
helping us fuse science and research innovation with compassionate care
in order to save lives.”

In addition to showcasing the research coming out of City of Hope, the
event will include a live panel discussion featuring Bialik, City of
Hope researcher Christine Brown, Ph.D., associate director of the T Cell
Therapeutics Research Laboratory and Heritage Provider Network Professor
in Immunotherapy, and Kaitlyn Riego, a student representative from
Cal-HOSA. The discussion, which is being moderated by Sumanta Pal, M.D.,
assistant professor in the Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics
Research at City of Hope, will focus on what motivated the panelists to
pursue careers in STEM, how to ignite young people’s interest in STEM,
and will also include a live Q&A where attendees will have the
opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

“It’s important to help students connect the dots between science in the
classroom and industry challenges. That’s what our health science
programs try to do every day,” said Wes Muller, 2015 – 2016 Board Chair
of Cal-HOSA. “With the Hope Experiment, students are connecting with
industry in a new and innovative way that offers attendees a chance to
learn and engage with pioneering cancer researchers who work at City of
Hope.”

For more information on the Hope Experiment, visit http://www.cityofhope.org/hope-experiment

or search #HopeExperiment
on social media for live updates.

About Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik is an Emmy-nominated and Critics Choice-award-winning
actress best known for her lead role as Blossom Russo on the early-1990s
NBC television sitcom “Blossom” and Dr.
Amy Farrah Fowler
 on CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory.” Bialik, who was
born in San Diego, earned a B.S. in neuroscience and Hebrew & Jewish
studies from UCLA in 2000, and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA in
2007. Bialik has a passion for inspiring young people about science,
technology, engineering and math.

About The Hope Experiment

The Hope Experiment is a special pop-up educational event, developed in
partnership with Cal-HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), to
educate the community on City of Hope’s commitment to science,
technology, engineering and math. Open to students and the public, the
Hope Experiment will demonstrate how innovative research can lead to
scientific miracles through hands-on, interactive activities.

About Cal-HOSA

Cal-HOSA is the California chapter of Health Occupations Students of
America, which is a federally recognized organization for students that
are interested in science, technology, engineering and math, who are
also interested in pursuing careers in the health care industry.
Cal-HOSA enhances the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by
providing members with the skills needed for success in their chosen
health profession.

About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer,
diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a
comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the
National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the
National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment
protocols that advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope’s main
hospital is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los
Angeles, with clinics throughout Southern California. It is ranked as
one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World
Report
. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of
bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information about
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Contacts

City of Hope
Letisia Marquez, 800-888-5323
lemarquez@coh.org
or media@coh.org