The Wistar Institute Launches Two Philadelphia Science Festival Events

The Wistar Institute Launches Two Philadelphia Science Festival Events

April 10, 2011

PHILADELPHIA – (April 11, 2011) – The Wistar Institute, a founding partner of the Philadelphia Science Festival, will host two special events to raise awareness and build interest in science and technology among Philadelphians of all ages.


Cancer, It's Personal
Wednesday, April 20, 7 pm
The Wistar Institute

Join us as physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee discusses his new book "The Emperor of All Maladies." "The Emperor of All Maladies" is a "biography" of cancer-from its first documented appearances; through the epic battles in the 20th Century to cure, control, and conquer it; to a radical new understanding of its essence. The event will also feature a panel discussion on the historical fight against cancer. Speakers will include: the author, Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D.; Dario Altieri, M.D., Director of The Wistar Institute Cancer Center; Meenhard Herlyn, D.V.M., D.Sc., Director of The Wistar Institute Melanoma Research Center; and Bin Chen, Ph.D., of the University of the Sciences.

This event is part of the 2011 Wistar Institute Authors Series, and is free to the public; however, registration and printed tickets are required to attend. Register here. Copies of "The Emperor of All Maladies" will be provided for sale at The Wistar Institute by Joseph Fox Bookshop.

The Science Carnival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway:
See your Own Cells—Microscope Demonstrations.

Saturday, April 16, 10 am to 5 pm

Logan Circle will become a science wonderland during the Philadelphia Science Festival's Science Carnival. Visit Wistar's tent (location #26) for a look at the fascinating world of microbiology by preparing slides and viewing your own cells under a microscope!

The Philadelphia Science Festival is a citywide collaboration showcasing science and technology to be held April 15-28. Part of a national movement to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, it builds on Philadelphia's rich history of innovation with dozens of events at museums, universities and neighborhood libraries. More information at

The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer research and vaccine development. Founded in 1892 as the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the country, Wistar has long held the prestigious Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. The Institute works actively to ensure that research advances move from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible. The Wistar Institute: Today’s Discoveries – Tomorrow’s Cures. On the Web at