MRW Luncheon Benefits Leading-Edge Education

Students conduct lab experiments at
Evanston Hospital.

Personalized medicine. It sounds good, but what does it really mean? Some Evanston Township High School (ETHS) students enrolled in a pilot STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program are working with NorthShore physicians to find out through real-world applications.

The students spent time at NorthShore Evanston Hospital for hands-on laboratory experience, visiting five circuits where they observed and performed initial laboratory testing routinely used for diagnosis. The students also heard presentations from expert NorthShore physicians and researchers about personalized medicine.

“The Genomics and Personalized Medicine presentation last fall by Drs. Khandekar and Dunnenberger was awe-inspiring for my Health Science Rotation students,” said Linnette Hill, RN and Coordinator of the Health Science Program at ETHS. “As a health educator, I welcome collaborations with NorthShore. It benefits the students, who might think about a career in genomics or personalized medicine after being exposed to this program.”

Personalized medicine, also referred to as individualized and precision medicine, is all about customizing a patient’s care and treatment plan based on the individual’s unique genetic characteristics and health history. Today, new and affordable genetic testing and an expanding body of knowledge about the role of genetics in disease prevention, development and treatment are allowing the NorthShore Center for Personalized Medicine to deliver more effective, targeted care.

The pilot program at ETHS, in its second year of a three-year commitment, will again receive funding from the Myra Rubenstein Weis (MRW) Health Resource Center Benefit Luncheon, which will be held on May 3 at Highland Park Country Club.

This year’s MRW speaker will be Michael Caplan, MD, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics and Chief Scientific Officer, who will speak about the NorthShore Center for Personalized Medicine. Mary Ann Ahern of NBC 5 will emcee and will lead a question-and-answer session with Dr. Caplan. The 2017 honoree will be Katharine Yao, MD, Division Chief of Surgical Oncology and Vice Chair for Research and Development in the Department of Surgery.

Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit NorthShore’s LIFE Cancer Survivorship Program, free community health education programs and the pilot personalized medicine workshop for high school students. For ticket information and to learn more, please visit


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