Shepherd President Continues Cancer Research Through Live Videostream

Nov 15, 2016

The new president of Shepherd University is partnering with West Virginia University to continue her cancer cell research, and she’s allowing students to watch her work as it’s happening.

Shepherd University President Mary Hendrix began researching how tumor cells grow before she returned to West Virginia in the spring to lead her alma mater. She has made several breakthroughs in the research over the past several years. Now, she’s continuing her work in the state thanks to a partnership with WVU.

Hendrix’s cancer research team is located in Morgantown where they have access to the university’s advanced healthcare technologies. She’ll be participating in the project via Skype, an internet-based video calling system. That livestream will also be available to Shepherd students interested in following the research any time, day or night.

“They could be in a classroom and be able to look at a large screen, and be able, in real-time, to witness these kinds of experimental protocols that we currently do not offer at Shepherd,” she said.

Hendrix says the collaboration will encourage up and coming student researchers to think outside the box when using technology in their work.

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