FocuSStem Virtual Summit

FocuSStem Virtual Summit

Hosted by Karmanos Cancer Institute and FocuSStem NextGen

"Elevating STEM Awareness through Innovation"

Where & When

Saturday, July 17, 2021
9 a.m.-1 p.m.


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  • Open to 8th - 12th grade students
  • Free to attend, registration required
  • Optional special post-summit session, “Using Augmented Reality in STEM Innovation and Education” (limited space available)
  • Win an Oculus Quest 2 Headset!
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Time Title Speaker 
9 a.m. Welcome/Opening Remarks Katherine Heath, Founder, FocuSStem NextGen
9:05 a.m. Learn about Diverse STEM Career Pathways Lucius Daniel, Pharm.D., Lead Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, KSP Specialty Pharmacy
Nerissa Viola, Ph.D., Leader, Molecular Imaging Program, Assistant Professor, Department of Oncology
Courtney Kokenakes, MS, Certified Genetic Counselor
Brian Loughery, Ph.D., Radiation Physicist
Julio Pimentel, MSCTI-Cancer Biology Graduate Student
9:55 a.m. Keynote Lecture 1
"Drug Discovery: Bench to Bedside"
Gail Lewis Phillips, Principal Scientist, Discovery Oncology, Genentech
10:15 a.m. Keynote Lecture 2
"Developing Novel Technology for Medicine and Beyond"
Don Shin, CEO, CrossComm
10:35 a.m. Break All
10:45 a.m. FocuSStem NextGen Alumni Spotlight FocuSStem NextGen Alumni
11:05 a.m. Introduction to College Scholarships and Financial Aid Joe Weertz, Educational Outreach Coordinator, Diversity and Inclusion, Wayne State University
11:15 a.m. Keynote Lecture 3
"Role of Cryosurgery in Cancer Treatment: Time to Freeze Out Cancer!"
Hussein Aoun, M.D., Interventional Radiologist, Associate Professor, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University School of Medicine
11:35 a.m. Keynote Lecture 4
"From Technology Start-Up to Improving Lives of Cancer Patients: AIQ Solutions"
Eric Horler, President and CEO, AIQ Solutions
11:55 a.m. Conclusion and Wrap Up Katie Heath, Founder, FocuSStem NextGen
Noon Special Session (Must Pre-Register)
"Using Augmented Reality in STEM Innovation and Education"
Moderator: Elisabeth Heath, M.D., Karmanos Cancer Institute, Professor, Department of Oncology, Wayne State University, Faculty Mentor, FocuSStem NextGen Program
Infectious Disease: Teena Chopra, M.D., MPH, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology, Detroit Medical Center; Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Interventional Radiology: Hussein Aoun, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Oncology, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Hematology: Dipenkumar Modi, M.D. Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Neurosurgery: Marc Moisi, M.D., Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University School of Medicine

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