We develop cutting edge research projects in order to understand how diet impacts cancer. With more than 1 million nutrients and 300 cancer genes there are 300 MILLION single combinations that we can use to develop personalized diets that will improve treatment for cancer patients.
This daunting problem requires an army of researchers bringing life skills, creativity, commitment and cultural experiences together, with the shared goal of quickly and efficiently addressing the diet and cancer problem.
eCLOSE Institute is a hub where scientists, teachers, and students join forces to address this urgent problem. We support teachers with innovative programming, materials, and professional development, empowering them to function as scientific lead investigators in their classrooms. We provide students training in professional laboratory research and the problem solving, collaboration, communication, and networking skills required for career success.
eCLOSE students identified a dietary nutrient regulating cancer cell death that has led to a new student/scientist collaborative project!
The workshop allowed me to think and experience the moment as the student. That set my mind into the planning stage and helped me think about how I could incorporate this experience into my classroom.
eCLOSE has given me so many transferable organizational, analytical, and professional skills I've applied to jobs as an art teacher, an analyst, and an intern. For that, I am eternally grateful.
eCLOSe was an incredible opportunity for me to explore my interests in the science field and apply the theory I was learning in the classroom to practice.
eCLOSE allowed me to develop a sense of confidence to solve problems independently and to interact with other scientists.
eCLOSE has two important meanings.
It represents our primary goal:
It is the precise moment an insect emerges as an adult, spreading its wings to explore the world and make a contribution.
eCLOSE is built on the concept of citizen science, a progressive approach where previously untrained participants contribute directly to professional scientific research projects. Four iterative eCLOSE program levels provide comprehensive research training to high school students and teachers, actively including participants in professional cancer research projects.
eCLOSE learning modules align with State Core Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. eCLOSE experimental kits replace standard classroom laboratories shifting the focus from getting the “right” answer, to encouraging students to explore their own ideas and data through open inquiry.