High school students gain hands-on experience at Forensic Toxicology Camp July 6-10

WHAT: About 10 students from four local high schools will participate in the second annual Forensic Toxicology Camp. Students learn about various career choices from experts in the field of health professions, and gain specific knowledge and hands-on experience in the field of forensic toxicology.

WHEN: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 6, through Friday, July 10.

WHERE: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
School of Health Professions (Laboratory Room 4.212)
8403 Floyd Curl Drive

WHO: The Forensic Toxicology Camp is sponsored by the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) in the School of Health Professions and by the South Texas Area Health Education Center. “We want to show students early on that they have the ability and resources to succeed in the health professions,” said George Kudolo, Ph.D., FACB, professor of CLS and camp creator. “While high school chemistry in the classroom might seem dry to them, this camp gives students a hands-on approach that can be exciting and interesting and provides a good foundation they can build on using chemical principles they learn now.”
Students will participate in lectures, discussions of forensic cases as well as lab exercises including performing tests to identify drugs in urine samples.

NOTES: The best time for photo and interview opportunities is from 10 to 11 a.m. each morning in the lab.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $668 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $16.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $36 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 25,600 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and other health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, dentistry and many other fields. For more information, visit www.uthscsa.edu.

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