Nanotechnology Breakthrough in Treatment of Cancer to Be Unveiled Monday at UALR

by Innovate Arkansas Staff  on Thursday, May. 14, 2009 1:35 pm  

Nanotechnology scientists at UALRand UAMS Monday will present a briefing on a new discovery in the fight to eradicate cancer. The discovery has promise for a new generation of treatment options beyond surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

Researchers Dr. Alex Biris and Dr. Vladimir P. Zharov will describe their collaborative findings of what is believed to be the first demonstration of the real time detection, tracking, and killing cancer cells in live tissue with the use of carbon nanotubes.

Biris is chief scientist at the UALR Nanotechnology Center and research assistant professor of applied science in UALR's Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT). Zharov is professor and director of the Phillips Classic Laser Laboratories in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at UAMS.  

Their paper, recently published in the Journal of Biomedical Optics, describes their findings. Unlike recent nanotechnology research at other universities, their work maps nanotubes and how they circulate in live animals in real time.

Biris and Zharov will be describing their work and its potential applications. Dr. Mary Good, dean of UALR's Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology, will discuss scientific and economic possibilities of the discovery.

The briefing will be available on a live streaming webcast through UStream. To watch, click on this link before the 10 a.m. briefing begins: To participate with questions or comments, visit and click on "sign up" and set up a free account in advance. When it's time to watch the briefing and join the discussion, click on the link above.



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