Jennifer Shelhart, Founder, Green Research Corporation. Green Research takes old computers headed for the landfill and re-tasks them to perform academic research to fight cancer and other fatal diseases. To donate your computer or volunteer: www.Green-Research.org
Is your your youth group always looking for a community project? Green Research uses old and broken computers to help find cures for diseases through research. Our organization could really use your help collecting OLD computers from your neighborhood and community. We appeciate any volunteer efforts and any new ideas the help us grow our cause. Some previous donation drive ideas have included:
- Explain Green Research to your congregation on Sunday. 2 minutes explaining how we used old computers from your basement to help fight disease is a great help.
- Is there room in your bulletin to explain Green Research to the congregation? Even a single donation of a 10 year laptop can make a difference.
- Door-to-door can also be effective in the right neighboorhoods. Many people are happy to help if it means you’ve made the effort to come to them
- Tell your parents? Grownups may know of an old computer in their office workplace. In many cases, there may be A LOT of old machines just taking up space.
Anywhere you find old hardware, you can help Green Reseach keep these computers out of landfills, and help find cures to diseases. Message us on Facebook, or call us today if you are thinking about hosting a drive. 219-262-1054.
Thank you all for your support!
In case you’ve missed it, there have been at least 2 great cancer breakthroughs in the past couple months. We are Green Research would like to thank all of you for your support in 2012, and hope for an even bigger 2013. Lets all find a cure together! 🙂
Reposted from Thestar.com:
Cancer breakthrough: Disease depends on surrounding normal cells to spread, study finds
In a major breakthrough, Toronto scientists have discovered a new approach to cancer treatment that would target the “normal” cells embedded around tumours.
In a study released Thursday, researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital show that it’s the non-cancerous cells that grow in and around a tumour that actually coax it to spread to other parts of the body.
“Basically the normal cells and the cancer cells are engaged in a dialogue which is controlling (spread),” says Dr. Jeff Wrana, the study’s senior author.
“The tumour cells are tweaking the normal cells, causing them . . . to misbehave a little bit and causing those normal cells to produce signals, words if you will, that flow back to the tumour cells and promote the tumour cell’s growth.”
Wrana’s study, which appears in the journal Cell, revealed that the words delivered by the normal cells, in a tiny protein vocabulary, were actually telling their cancerous counterparts to spread or metastasize.
In particular, his team identified a protein signal labelled Cd81 — a so-called exosome — as the key instructional culprit in kicking off tumour spread.
Classical oncology research has almost always searched for ways to kill or halt the mutant cancer cells themselves.
But Wrana’s team, at the hospital’s Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, suggested that stopping the successful transmission of Cd81 from normal to cancer cells could arrest metastasis, the tumour spread that causes most deaths from the disease.
“It (Cd81) is a mass of information, not just a word or two, but a whole collection of information,” Wrana says.
“And these signals weren’t just telling cancer cells to metastasize, what they were doing is sort of teaching the cancer cells how to use their own machinery to spread,” he says.
Wrana says scientists can now search for drugs that would stop normal cells from sending out their signals or that would block those Cd81 instructions from attaching to tumour cells.
This is the second significant cancer advance this month out of Toronto hospitals, and the second to home in on the healthy tissues that lie in proximity to tumours.
In a study published by the journal Science last week, researchers at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre speculated that some cancer cells evaded chemotherapy treatment by going dormant.
This dormancy, which would essentially hide them from cancer drugs, could well have been caused by instructions from the healthy tissues nearby, the Princess Margaret study said.
Wrana says the common understanding of cancer sees tumours as separate entities from normal tissues, an alien lump of horror growing inside one or other of our organs.
But cancer is in fact hooked into our normal tissues, dependent on them for food and — as it turns out — directions on how to spread.
“People think of cancer as a kind of independent tissue growing inside them, the same way they might think of a bacterial infection,” Wrana says.
“But in reality cancer grows within the context of the normal tissue that surrounds it. So cancer really is a part of us that’s transformed and changed.”
Normal cells sending out the spread signals could include the organ tissues in which a tumour is growing or the blood vessel and immune system cells that are actually embedded within.
As we are using old computers to help find a cure, we’ve also learned that old video cards are a GREAT ADDITION to our cause.
Because of all the 3D gaming and advanced graphics these days video cards have their own processor or “brain” chip on them. In your computer, this chip is the CPU. On your video card, this is called the GPU (graphical processing unit) Not only do these cards speed up our work, it can speed them up 100’s if not 1000’s times faster. We’ve been taking donated video cards, and putting them into other donated PCs and having incredible results.
Do you (or your kids) have an old video card lying around? Video cards that work best for us, might have a blue VGA port, or white DVI port on them (or both). In most cases, people buy a newer card because it is ‘faster’, and the old one goes on the shelf or in the trash. Help us make a difference by donating the card instead of trashing it!
Geek Fun Fact: If you have 10 minutes and want to understand how much difference a GPU can make, watch this video from the Mythbusters. They make it easy to understand (and really fun) http://bit.ly/VEWwDv
ps – Don’t have an old video card? Please like this article or share it on Facebook. Word of mouth is one of the best ways you can help a non-profit! 🙂