Five hours, 11 groups, $100,000 cancer research grant at stake at UC

CINCINNATI – Where do cancer breakthroughs come from?

The University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute is banking on a five-hour burst of inter-departmental creativity spurred on by a $100,000 prize.

The first-of-its-kind research retreat from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday will match UC doctors and medical researchers with UC engineers, physicists, pharmacists and possibly artists and designers to create – on the spot – new research to prevent, detect or treat cancer.

Eighty-eight UC professionals have signed on to be randomly divided into eight groups who will brainstorm on new research. The 88 will reconvene at lunch to choose the winning group, which will be awarded $100,000.

William Barrett, director of the UC Cancer Institute, said the prize is a gift from a late cancer patient who wanted to fund an innovative process. The donor wanted to remain anonymous.

WCPO Insiders can read more about the research retreat and its participants.

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