15-year-old prodigy to speak on pancreatic cancer

Jack Andraka is just 15 years old and has created a potentially revolutionary pancreatic cancer detection tool. This “Thomas Edison of the 21st century,” as he is called by his mentor at Johns Hopkins University, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on April 5, at the Devorris Downtown Center at Penn State Altoona.

Featured in the December 2012 issue of Smithsonian magazine, written about in Forbes and Psychology Today, a speaker at TED2013, winner of 2012 IntelScience Talent Fair, and guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2013 State of the Union address, Andraka, a Maryland native, has developed a paper sensor for the detection of lung, ovarian, and pancreatic cancer that is cheaper, faster, more accurate, and less invasive than current tests. He will join two of the nation’s leading pancreatic researchers for the “Pioneering Research Advances on Cancer 2013, Creation of a Landmark Medical Alliance” event. The event is presented by the Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation in collaboration with Penn State Altoona, Blair Gastroenterology, Sheetz Inc., Altoona Regional Health System, Tyrone and Nason hospitals, and the Home Nursing Agency.

Dr. A. James Moser, executive director of the Institute for Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, BIDMC/Harvard University, and Dr. Amer Zureikat, surgical oncologist at UPMC Pittsburgh, will speak about their innovative research and the current state of pancreatic surgery and treatment.

The event also will mark the announcement of the formation of the Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer, a partnership of grassroots foundations and families across the country unified in the quest to defeat pancreatic cancer.

Tickets for the event are $30 and can be purchased at www.griffithfamilyfoundation.org online. All proceeds benefit the foundation.

 

Last Updated March 19, 2013