High School Outreach

At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, one of our goals is to inspire future scientists and physicians. We accomplish this in part by fostering young people's enthusiasm for science and by supporting secondary school science education.

In our annual seminar — Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research — leading scientists from Memorial Sloan Kettering discuss their work with high school students and science teachers. Students have an opportunity to interact with our investigators, ask questions, and learn about the latest advances in biomedical research.

Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research 2013: Introduction with Memorial Sloan Kettering’s President and CEO

Memorial Sloan Kettering President and CEO Craig B. Thompson encourages high school students to pursue careers in science and introduces three speakers who discuss their inspiration for engaging in cancer research. 

Runtime: 15:00 minutes Published: 06/20/2014 - 3:46 PM
The Cancer Epigenome: Biology’s New Frontier

Leukemia expert Omar Abdel-Wahab says new therapies that reverse epigenetics — chemical changes within cells that drive gene expression — are being combined with conventional chemotherapy drugs to silence cancer-causing genes and treat some cancers.

Runtime: 30:00 minutes Published: 06/20/2014 - 3:39 PM
Travels on the Bi-Orient Express: Cell Division in Normal Cells and in Cancer

Cell biologist Emily Foley says that research to understand how chromosomes are distributed during cell division has led to the development of anticancer drugs that prevent errors in this process and ensure genetic stability in cells.

Runtime: 30:00 minutes Published: 06/20/2014 - 3:28 PM
Zebrafish Melanoma: From Initiation to Metastasis

Oncologist and cancer biologist Richard White explains how his research with genetically modified zebrafish, which reproduce quickly and are optically transparent, has shed light on how melanoma and other cancers spread.

Runtime: 30:00 minutes Published: 06/20/2014 - 3:08 PM
Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research 2012: Discussion with Memorial Sloan Kettering’s President

Memorial Sloan Kettering President and CEO Craig B. Thompson welcomes attendees to the seventh annual Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research lecture for high school students and introduces the speakers.

Runtime: 31:00 minutes Published: 01/22/2013 - 3:09 PM
Seeing Order in Chaos: How Molecular Pathology Facilitates the Personalization of Cancer Treatment

Neuropathologist Jason Huse discusses personalized medicine and how studying the molecular pathology of patients’ tumors can lead to new therapies.

Runtime: 31:00 minutes Published: 01/22/2013 - 3:07 PM
Which Way Is Up?: How T Cells Adjust Their Orientation to Selectively Mount Immune Responses

Immunologist Morgan Huse discusses how the orientation of T cells — a type of white blood cell — affects the way they mount an immune response.

Runtime: 34:00 minutes Published: 01/22/2013 - 3:04 PM
Getting in Shape: New Clues from the Fly Embryo

Developmental biologist Jennifer Zallen discusses the use of live imaging to understand how embryos form their shape during development.

Runtime: 33:00 minutes Published: 11/09/2011 - 12:54 PM
Exploring Chromatin: Its Role in the Cell, Its Relationship to Cancer, and How It’s Inherited

Molecular Biologist Iestyn Whitehouse discusses how the structure of chromatin is used to regulate fundamental biological processes.

Runtime: 38:00 minutes Published: 11/09/2011 - 12:50 PM
MicroRNAs in Development and Cancer: A Tale of Mice and Men

Cancer biologist Andrea Ventura explains how his lab uses genetically engineered mouse models to understand how cancer works, why we get cancer, and how his research helps discover new targets for cancer therapy.

Runtime: 36:00 minutes Published: 11/09/2011 - 12:41 PM
Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research 2011: Opening Remarks

Memorial Sloan Kettering President and CEO Craig Thompson welcomes attendees to the sixth annual Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research lecture and introduces the speakers.

Runtime: 04:00 minutes Published: 11/09/2011 - 12:37 PM
Finding Needles in the Haystack

Physician-scientist Timothy Chan explains how genomics is helping researchers understand the biological processes that lead to cancer.

Runtime: 39:00 minutes Published: 11/10/2010 - 12:00 AM
How Molecules Work to Make and Shape a Cell

Developmental biologist Mary Baylies explains that research on flies has helped to find the genes and mechanisms that drive muscle development.

Runtime: 37:00 minutes Published: 11/10/2010 - 12:00 AM
Why We All Don't Get Cancer

Craig B. Thompson, President and CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses new ways to think about cancer and how cancer arises in human beings.

Runtime: 32:00 minutes Published: 11/10/2010 - 12:00 AM
2009 Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research: Harold Varmus

Former Center President Harold Varmus introduces the speakers at a 2009 lecture for high school students.

Runtime: 4:00 minutes Published: 11/05/2009 - 12:00 AM
How Imaging Techniques Play an Important role in Cancer Drug Discovery as well as in Screening, Tumor Characterization, and Assessment of Treatment Responses

MRI expert Lawrence Schwartz discusses the role of imaging in the detection and staging of cancer and determining its response to treatment.

Runtime: 37:00 minutes Published: 11/05/2009 - 12:00 AM
How Modern Genomic Techniques Can Be Used to Identify vel Mutations in Human Cancers and to Develop Molecularly Targeted Therapies

Hematologist Ross Levine explains how genetic tools may help to develop new treatments for blood disorders.

Runtime: 41:00 minutes Published: 11/05/2009 - 12:00 AM
2008 Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research: Harold Varmus

Former Center President Harold Varmus tells students that cancer research today is focused on genetic mutations that change cell behavior and function.

Runtime: 3:00 minutes Published: 11/06/2008 - 12:00 AM
2008 Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research: Q & A

Students ask MSKCC scientists questions about current cancer research topics, including the role of genetics in diagnosing cancer.

Runtime: 21:00 minutes Published: 11/06/2008 - 12:00 AM
How Cell Division Plays a Central Role in Human Health and Disease

Molecular biologist Prasad Jallepalli describes normal cell division and explains how abnormal cell division can lead to cancer.

Runtime: 34:00 minutes Published: 11/06/2008 - 12:00 AM
How Genetic Mutations Influence Cancer Risk and How Hereditary Predisposition Influences Cancer

Clinical genetics expert Kenneth Offit explains the role of genetic mutations in the development of cancer.

Runtime: 24:00 minutes Published: 11/06/2008 - 12:00 AM
How Molecules and Signals Control Cell Behavior During rmal Embryonic Development and in Tumors

Scientist Kathryn Anderson explains the role of developmental biology in the formation of tumors.

Runtime: 24:00 minutes Published: 11/06/2008 - 12:00 AM
2007 Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research: Harold Varmus

Former Center President Harold Varmus says cancer researchers are focusing on the roles of environmental factors and the immune system.

Runtime: 2:00 minutes Published: 11/08/2007 - 12:00 AM
2007 Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research:Q & A

Scientists from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center answer questions about research to better understand the biology of cancer.

Runtime: 11:00 minutes Published: 11/08/2007 - 12:00 AM
How Cancer Cells Hijack Normal Cells to Promote Tumor Growth

Watch cancer biologist, Johanna Joyce, as she explains how normal cells in the tumor microenvironment can have a positive and a negative influence on cancer progression, depending on the stage of tumor development.

Runtime: 31:00 minutes Published: 11/08/2007 - 12:00 AM
How We Can Mobilize the Immune System to Attack Cancer

Immunologist James Allison describes his research on harnessing the immune system to attack cancer cells.

Runtime: 27:00 minutes Published: 11/08/2007 - 12:00 AM
Introduction by Memorial Sloan Kettering President Harold Varmus

Dr. Varmus introduces the seminar’s three senior investigators.

Runtime: 10:00 minutes Published: 09/17/2006 - 12:00 AM
New Methods for Fighting Metastasis

Dr. Massagué explains how scientists and clinicians in Memorial Sloan Kettering laboratories are developing new ways to fight metastasis.

Runtime: 34:00 minutes Published: 09/17/2006 - 12:00 AM
New Models for Cancer Drug Discovery and Development

Dr. Scheinberg explains how new therapies are being discovered and developed into effective cancer treatments.

Runtime: 28:00 minutes Published: 09/17/2006 - 12:00 AM
Students Ask Memorial Sloan Kettering Investigators Questions

Watch students ask our scientists questions about research at Memorial Sloan Kettering and current cancer topics.

Runtime: 15:00 minutes Published: 09/17/2006 - 12:00 AM
The Promise of Molecularly Targeted Cancer Therapy

Dr. Sawyers discusses how recent success with targeted therapy is changing the way we hope to treat other cancers.

Runtime: 24:00 minutes Published: 09/17/2006 - 12:00 AM