Summit students, teacher participate in UC Cancer research retreat

Summit students, teacher participate in UC Cancer research retreat

Senior Lauren Lautermilch and junior Luke Ritter.

Summit Country Day School senior Lauren Lautermilch and junior Luke Ritter participated in an invitation-only, multi-generational retreat June 24 at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (UC COM). Jessica Sakash Replogle Ph.D., head of the Science Research Institute at the Hyde Park School, also participated in the event.

The University Retreat for Research: Cincinnati Charge Against Cancer/Multigenerational Collaboration Against Cancer was hosted by William Barrett, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the UC College of Medicine and a UC Health radiation oncologist. 

More than 120 participants at the retreat were organized in small groups which included eighth through 12th graders, pre-med or pre-science student, medical or graduate health professional students and an early, mid- and late-career physician or scientist. Groups were tasked with generating ideas for plans or programs to increase awareness of and prevention for detection of cancer.

“The goal was to brainstorm and develop one idea to help with any or all aspects of cancer treatment, prevention, detection and create a three-slide presentation of the group’s idea,” said Dr. Replogle. “The participants then reconvened in the main lecture hall and each group was given five minutes to present their idea to the whole group.”

The multigenerational collaborative theme is really about making Cincinnati “the smartest city in the world when it comes to cancer,” Dr. Barrett said in a statement announcing the retreat. Among Ohio’s 88 counties, Hamilton County ranks 21st in cancer incidence and 56th in cancer mortality in Ohio. “Cancer affects all of us and this is a way to pull the community together – from all ages and levels of expertise – to make a difference,” Dr. Barrett said.

Following the group presentations, participants toured the UC College of Medicine.

“I definitely was able to learn a lot not only about cancer, but also about what it is like to be a medical student, cancer physician or surgeon,” Lauren said. “I think the most amazing thing about going to the Multigenerational Retreat for Research was seeing how committed and innovative the scientific community in Cincinnati is. It was, in a sense, empowering as a young person to feel as though that community also sees me as hope for the future, especially in regard to fighting and eventually curing cancer.”