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Lectures spotlight university research

Gina Barker, The Park Record

The University of Utah Park City Lecture series kicked off this week. The first lecture of the season was "Decoding Breast Cancer," featuring Dr. Andrea Bild of the Huntsman Cancer Institute speaking on her team’s research in understanding genetic predisposition and also better treating the disease. The series is in its eighth year and has brought the university’s research to Park City, with topics ranging from volcanoes to the Arab Spring to primate brains.

"There wasn’t enough of the university’s presence here," said Ann Clark, director of stewardship. "We always want people to know what we do at the University of Utah."

And several locals have picked up on the university’s queue. Two annual members, couple Kent Winterholler and Roxane Googin, have been attending more than six years.

"What’s been fascinating is not only do you learn a lot, but some of the information is so shocking," Googin said. "We’re so close to the university and we know so little about it. When you actually listen to the caliber of the research that’s going on, it’s shocking."

Googing remembers attending an event several years ago where a university researcher was discussing how to track genetic coding from animal to animal using jellyfish genes. So when a commercial she was watching asked ‘Do you know what genes and jellyfish have in common,’ she knew the answer right away.

"If you’re a curious person, this is a great series," Googin said. "Everything is eye-opening, and I like that."

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Bild presented the most up-to-date research she’s been working on in decoding breast cancer, how to understand whether or not breast cancer is genetically detectable and how to test for it. She realized certain types of cancer cells were detectable. Alongside that research, she’s also currently conducting clinical trials with success in reducing or stopping cancer growth completely in patients with late diagnosis.

"I consider it my role to be a spokesperson," Bild said. "I tell people about the research, where treatment is headed. I want people to understand it better."

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 "Personalized Medicine and Health Care at The University of Utah" Dr. Vivian Lee, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 "Energy-Efficient and Cost-Effective: The 125 Haus in Park City" Jörg Rügemer, Professor, College of Architecture + Planning

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 "Red Butte Garden: The Horticultural Gem of the Intermountain West" Patrick Newman, Director of Programs, Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 "The University of Utah: Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond" Dr. David Pershing, President, University of Utah

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 "My Aching Joints!" Dr. David Petron, Professor, Department of Orthopedics

Attendees may pre-pay or pay on arrival either a one-time annual fee or for each individual lecture. For more information visit http://www.uupci.utah.edu/.