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Scientists of Tomorrow Visit Labs of Today
Cultivating Young Minds
DOYLESTOWN, PA (May 23, 2008) – Recently fifth and sixth grade students from Cold Springs and Linden elementary schools visited the offices and research laboratories of the Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) located in the PA Biotechnology Center. The students who are enrolled in the Central Bucks School District’s Gifted Program (CBSD PEN) were accompanied by their teacher Beverly Kates as they viewed presentations ranging on how to be an enterprenier and start your own company, how to turn your passion into a lifetime purpose, and the rewards of research work with its potential for developing drug research cures and discoveries. Community Relations Manager Peggy Farley was impressed with the students, stating “They were a very engaging group with substantial exchange and lively discussion. It was a pleasure to watch them calculating future possibilities.” The class was also invited to a tour of HBF’s research affiliate, the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research where research assistants Anne Dougherty and Jason Lamontagne encouraged the students to view cancer cells under microscope, explore the breakdown of DNA and protein from cells, and witness the chemical reaction of liquid nitrogen. The students were encouraged to explore the many career opportunities that exist in the medical, scientific, and academic fields made possible through their studies and to revisit HBF when they were eligible to participate in the high school and college internship programs at the site.
About the Hepatitis B Foundation
The Hepatitis B Foundation is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those affected with hepatitis B worldwide through research, education and patient advocacy. For more information, visit www.hepb.org or call (215) 489-4900.