View the March 10th Evenings at Whitney Lecture on Kids Curing Cancer through Diet
The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returned on March 10, 2016, at 7 p.m. with the program titled Kids Curing Cancer through Diet. Alana O’Reilly, associate professor at Temple University School of Medicine’s Fox Chase Cancer Center, shared her research conducted with hundreds of students that looks to understand how dietary imbalance affects normal development. The research also identifies inexpensive, widely accessible interventions to reduce and treat cancer and other diseases.
Supported by decades of research, it is well known that a balanced diet is essential for human health. It is also known that malnutrition affects all socioeconomic levels and cultures, with particular impact on individuals in low-resource settings. However, research about how individual nutrients impact the cellular changes associated with abnormal states is in the beginning stages. This research is the area of focus for O’Reilly and her lab. The purpose of the research is to provide insight into new methods for improving chemotherapy treatments for certain cancers.
O’Reilly directs the Immersion Science Laboratory at Fox Chase Cancer Center. The lab is unique in that it provides research training for hundreds of high school students. The program offers students the opportunity to conduct novel research addressing the effects of dietary supplements on developmental events. The initial results found by the high school students are then followed up with advanced research by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The high school students have produced reproducible, high-quality data that is in peer-reviewed publications.
O’Reilly has worked with the Fox Chase Cancer Center since 2007. She received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. She then earned her doctorate in cell and developmental biology from Harvard University. O’Reilly also received the Early Research Investigator Award from Temple University School of Medicine in 2012.