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CPR in the Schools Program

MiOra ( founder Dr. Ozlem Equils volunteered for the American Heart Association (AHA) CPR in the Schools Program at Santa Barbara High School. Congratulations to the students who are the new life savers, and thank you to their teacher Ms. Sunnie Robertson for giving the opportunity to her students to learn CPR and hear about the path to a career in STEM and healthcare.

SHEA 2016

MiOra nonprofit ( mentee, Bainbridge Island High School, WA student, Niki Dixon’s poster was presented at the prestigious Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on May 19, 2016 and the presentation was very well received. Niki has shown that quick wash of the hands with foam hand soap is not as effective as the liquid soap in clearing the bacteria. This may be because in the foam formulation, the soap is diluted with air, and there is less need for lathering. Niki’s observations may have important implications on the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the hospital setting, in the food and airline industries. Students! If you like to do real-world healthcare research like Niki, check out

NEW Collaboration: Axis Advocacy

MiOra nonprofit ( is collaborating with Axis Advocacy ( to provide high school and college students with a platform for real-world advocacy and healthcare research experience. Axis Advocacy is a grass roots organization whose mission is education and advocacy for those living with sickle cell disease. The Co-Founder Nancy Rene (pictured) is a Retired High School Principal in Los Angeles area, a member of the Cedars-Sinai Biosafety Committee and a MiOra mentor. If you are interested in a career in healthcare or advocacy, and would like to get real world experience, check out

New Member: Ernesto Scerpella Jr.

MiOra, a non-profit organization ( welcomes Ernesto Scerpella Jr. to the MiOra family as the Data Manager. Ernesto is a rising senior at the Florida International University (FIU) where he is majoring in Information Technology. Ernesto is also one of the founding fathers of the FIU Theta Chi chapter where the motto is to extend an assisting hand to those who are in need. Ernesto is detail oriented and strives for excellence. He loves fixing and building computers. We are looking forward to working with you Ernesto!

Carissa L. Update 5/12/16

There is a continued debate on the effects of playing violent video games among young people. MiOra Mentee and Junior at William Howard Taft High School in California Carissa L. conducted a pilot survey study among 32 adolescents (average age 14 +/- 0.6 years) and observed that weekly, 7 hours or more, Mature (M) rated computer game exposure was common in this population (18 out of 32; 56%), and that this frequently exposed group, non-casuals, scored significantly higher on the “feeling powerful” scale and significantly lower on the “feeling less-friendly” scale after playing 30-minutes of an M-rated computer game of their choice. Playing 30-minutes of M-rated computer game had no effect among adolescents who had been exposed to M-rated games for less than 7 hours p...[Read More]

MiOra Foundation Mentee Emma C. Met With Her Mentor, Dr. Chung, A Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Acclaimed Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, California.

MiOra Foundation Mentee Emma C. Met With Her Mentor, Dr. Chung, A Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Acclaimed Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, California.   MiOra owes many thanks to Dr. Alfredo Trento, the Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, for facilitating 10th grade Buckley School student and MiOra mentee Emma C.’s visit to Cedars-Sinai. There, Emma met her mentor, Dr. Joshua S. Chung and asked him candid questions about his career path. Dr. Chung, a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon at the CSMC, earned his MD from Loma Linda University School of Medicine ( in 2007 and was more than happy to provide guidance to Emma.    When asked about her experience, Emma remarked that it was “very cool to be able to...[Read More]

Dr. Steven Witkin

MiOra nonprofit foundation ( is thankful to Dr. Steven Witkin, PhD,  William J. Ledger Distinguished Professor of Infection and Immunology in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill #Cornell Medicine ( for his support of young scientists. Dr Witkin received his Bachelor’s Degree at Hunter College, and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles (#UCLA). Dr. Witkin is conducting cutting edge research to understand the impact of immunological, infectious and genetic factors on pregnancy outcomes such as premature birth and newborn complications. MiOra #mentee Ozan Berk Imir will intern directly under Dr. Witkin over the summer. Please follow Dr. Witkin and Ozan’s exciting journey in science at

Dr. Chris da Costa

Dr. Chris da Costa, MD, MBA, Ph.D, is currently the Global Medical Director with Asahi Kasei Pharma American Corporation, a US-based subsidiary of a major Japanese pharmaceutical company developing novel therapies for organ transplantation and critical care patients with sepsis. Throughout his career, Dr. da Costa has taken on many leadership positions in various medical organizations – including Merck, GSK, Janssen, and Pfizer – and universities and received both the prestigious Beit Memorial Medical Research Fellowship, and the National Institutes of Health Visiting Fellowship Awards ( Inspired by his own mentors, Dr. Chr...[Read More]

NEW PARTNERSHIP: AAP-CA2, American Academy of Pediatrics California Chapter 2

NEW PARTNERSHIP: MiOra Nonprofit Foundation ( is partnering with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) California Chapter 2 ( to provide mentorship and scholarships to promising high school students interested in Healthcare and STEM in the Los Angeles, Kern, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Riverside and Ventura Counties.  The AAP-CA2 Medicine-Biological Sciences Scholarship Program was established in 1995 by Dr. Ed Curry, a practicing Pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente Fontana, California and has awarded over 65 scholarships to promising high school seniors. Please check out the scholarship on their Charitable Donations Page: We thank Dr. Tomas Torices, the current Executive Director of AAP-CA2 for being the catalyzer...[Read More]

Congrats Niki!

MiOra mentee Niki D. from Washington is going to Washington State University. Congratulations Niki! If you would like to sign up as a mentor or mentee, or donate to support student projects, please visit

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