A female student offers a natural solution to treating breast cancer at EURECA activity that is under the annual Research and Creativity Convention at The American University in Cairo.
Al shaimaa fouda
For the first time, AUC held the fourth edition of the annual Research and Creativity Convention (RCC) virtually and invited the public to attend the conference’s events and discussions. Also, after a one-year pause due to the pandemic, AUC organized the 15th round for The Annual Conference for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, Entrepreneurship and Creative Achievement, known as “EURECA”. The EURECA is a main activity under the umbrella of RCC. The EURECA serves as a public platform to present innovative research and ideas to promote critical thinking and stimulate analytical thinking.
The conference was held from March 28 to April 1. Sarah Ahmed Halawa, a female student, presented her research at the conference on a natural solution for breast cancer treatment. She selected that topic because recent statistics of the National Cancer Institute revealed that 20 percent of the cases admitted are diagnosed with breast cancer, a global health problem that threatens many women’s lives.
The research studies the anticancer activity of truffle extracts on breast cancer cells. “I am a student in the Department of Biology, and interested in pursuing a career in medical research, specifically cancer research. I found out that truffles are widespread all over the world with their distinctive earthy flavour, and they also have an anticancer activity,” Halawa said. “But unfortunately, there is a gap in research regarding the anticancer activity of truffles, as researchers focus their attention on studying their nutritional value and often ignore their therapeutic activity, ” she added.
According to Halawa, the aim of this research is to determine the anticancer activity of the truffle extracts on breast cancer cells. “It is expected that the desert truffle extracts will reduce the disease resistance and toxic effects in Adriamycin-resistant cancer cells as well as normal breast cancer cells.”
AUC Research and Creativity Convention is a collective event that brings together diverse research, design, entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity activities that have demonstrated growth and success over the years. It aims to enhance knowledge-sharing, interdisciplinary research collaboration, and projects of community or economic value.
The public was able to attend the conference sessions and discussions through AUC’s digital platform, free of charge.
Heba Sheta, Manager, Initiatives & Cooperation for CFPA at AUC, said: “Such digital presence allowed more participation from different parts of the world.”
The EURECA discussed a large number nearly 150 research papers that have been submitted this year.
Alaa Idris, Associate Provost for Research, Innovation, and Creativity, said: “This year, despite all obstacles, we succeeded in hosting the conference for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, Entrepreneurship, and Creative Achievement (EURECA) virtually.”
Graduates, undergraduates, and faculty members presented researches during activities held from March 28 to April 1. 150 research covered several fields both research and creative works, included history, architecture, psychology, and sociology were selected as part of the annual conference activities. This year’s conference was a virtual exhibition of research and creative works. The conference sessions and discussions were made available on the University’s website for free during the conference EURECA 2021 – ConfTool Pro – Login.