The Third Street Promenade is at the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. (File photo)

The discoveries made at City of Hope have changed the lives of millions of patients around the world.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute.

City of Hope is a leader in the research and treatment of cancer, diabetes and other serious diseases.

The innovations by City of Hope have pioneered and led to the technology behind numerous cancer-fighting drugs and the first synthetic insulin. City of Hope’s scientists, doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers take compassionate patient-focused care, combined with today’s leading-edge medical advances, and incorporate both with a quest to deliver better outcomes.

City of Hope recently launched its newest educational outreach program, The Hope Experiment.

The organization has long been committed to grooming young people for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Along with challenging programs aimed at Kindergarten through high school, a yearlong summer research program for high school juniors and seniors to programs that tackle complex topics such as cancer research and genetics to a club just for elementary school age girls. City of Hope is and always will remind focused on science education.

On Wednesday, Sept. 14 the City of Hope will have a special pop-up event for The Hope Experiment on the Promenade between Arizona and Santa Monica Blvd.

In partnership with Cal-HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), this event will feature hands on demonstrations to highlight the institutions commitment to inspiring and motivating the youth to study STEM.

Emmy-nominated, Critics Choice-award-winning actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, known for her role on CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory”, will co-host the event.

Bialik’s introduction to science began at age 15; a biology tutor encouraged her to pursue a career in STEM. Now she not only plays a neuroscientist on CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” but also earned a B.S. and Ph.D. degree in neuroscience.

In an interview she had with City of Hope she said, “I know first hand that being a scientist is so creative and impactful. That is why I’m excited to help launch the Hope Experiment and inspire students- so they know how innovations in the lab can lead to lifesaving cures and fascinating careers.”

At the Hope Experiment event, students and the general public will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about City of Hope’s expertise in biomedical research, including the institution’s innovations in the science and treatment of cancer, such as research with nanotechnology, CAR-T cell therapy and foods with cancer-fighting potential.
Researchers from City of Hope will be available on-site for interviews. Mayim Bialik will participate in a panel discussion and can answer questions during the Q&A.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with hands on activities all day. Mayim Bialik will be present from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and there will be giveaways onsite.

Marina Andalon