Jared Fischer of Rio Rico High School, center, participates in the UA Summer Institute on Medical Ignorance.

Jared Fischer, a soon-to-be senior at Rio Rico High School, spent this summer conducting biomedical research at the University of Arizona.

As one of 30 students from around the state who participatedin the Summer Institute on Medical Ignorance (SIMI), Fischer performed research in the lab of Rajesh Khanna, a UA pharmacology researcher whose focus is pain, including non- opioid pain medication.

The SIMI program was founded in the early 1980s with the goal to teach students to ask questions, according to a UA news release.

“Presenting ignorance as a ‘fact of life’ helps students realize it’s not something to be ashamed of,” it said. “Instead, it can inspire the accumulation of knowledge, ultimately leading to scientific breakthroughs.”

SIMI is open to high school, undergraduate and medical students, and is supported by several grants from the National Institutes of Health.

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