Navigation Links
UCF nanoscientist receives $2 million NIH award
Date:9/13/2012

The National Institutes of Health today awarded University of Central Florida Professor Ming Su its coveted New Innovator award, which comes with a $2 million grant.

The award recognizes visionary science that exhibits the potential to transform scientific fields and speed the translation of research into improved health, according to the NIH director's office. Su's research focuses on using nanoparticles to concentrate and precisely direct radiation energy to destroy cancerous tumors.

Su says nearly half of cancer patients receive radiation therapy at some point during treatment, but X-ray doses can damage normal tissue around the cancer. The idea of using nanoparticles to improve radiation therapy has been studied for the past several years as a way to enhance the potency of the cancer killing radiation, while limiting damage to surrounding healthy cells.

Because of the imprecise nature of radiation it is often used at lower dose than required, Su said. But that can lead to incomplete killing of cancer cells and recurrence of a tumor later.

Su will be using nanoparticles in way they have not been used before so that radiation energy will be deposited preferentially to tumors.

"By doing so, the total X-ray dose required to kill the tumor will be reduced, and the damage to normal tissues will be minimized," Su said.

The award is one of 10 Pioneer awards, 51 New Innovator awards, and 20 Transformative Research awards announced by the NIH today. The total funding is approximately $155 million.

Su, associate professor at UCF's NanoScience Technology Center, is the only researcher from a Florida university to be selected and only one of 82 recipients nationwide announced today

The program funding all the projects, the High Risk Reward program, supports a series of exceptionally high-impact research programs that are broadly relevant to health and disease.

"The Common Fund High Risk High Reward program provides opportunities for innovative investigators in any area of health research to take risks when the potential impact in biomedical and behavioral science is high," said NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins.

The New Innovator Award received by Su supports investigators who had received their Ph.D. or M.D. within the last ten years.

Last year Su received the National Science Foundation's prestigious early CAREER award for a project using phase change nanoparticles as thermal probes to detect multiple cancer biomarkers.


'/>"/>
Contact: Zenaida Kotala
zenaida.kotala@ucf.edu
407-823-6120
University of Central Florida
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. UNH researcher receives NFL Charities grant to advance work on football equipment
2. Women & Infants receives Womens Choice Award
3. UTMB receives $1.2 million to provide HPV vaccine
4. Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute receives $8.9 million patient safety grant
5. UNH researcher receives $360,000 to study strength training in elderly
6. Cleveland Clinic Florida receives approval for transplant programs at Weston Facilities
7. GW School of Nursing receives nearly $1 million grant to diversify nursing workforce
8. DeLuca of Kessler Foundation receives research award from American Psychological Association
9. Mayo Clinic Health System receives grant to improve rural health care
10. MU receives $13.3 million grant to provide better health care at a lower cost
11. Mass. Eye and Ear Researcher receives RPB Award
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
UCF nanoscientist receives $2 million NIH award
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... PurhealthRX , a ... utilizing Purzorb™ technology. Applying the Purzorb™process to full spectrum CBD oil will revolutionize the ... a CBD form that can be easily incorporated into liquid products, while reducing costs ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes , which specializes ... of the facility as part of a disaster drill on October 3rd. , Apple ... Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the Connecticut Long Term Care Mutual ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... Ellevate Network, the leading network for professional women, brought together some ... at their inaugural Summit in New York City in June. The event was livestreamed ... over 3 million. To watch the Mobilize Women video, click here . ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... will be giving viewers the lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of ... that focuses on current events and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history of the United States and the ... published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and his wife, Millie, have six children, ... in the Navy. Following his career as a naval aviator and carrier pilot, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/23/2017)... , Sept. 22, 2017 Janssen Biotech, Inc. ... response letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... of sirukumab for the treatment of moderately to severely ... additional clinical data are needed to further evaluate the ... severely active RA. ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... , Sept. 22, 2017 AVACEN Medical (AVACEN) ... is now successfully helping those with the widespread pain ... Fibromyalgia diagnosed Amanda in Essex, England ... washing my hair, experiencing no sleep at all, tremendous ... spasm… I cannot recommend [the AVACEN 100] enough, how ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... , Sept. 19, 2017   ZirMed Inc ., a ... today announced that it has been ranked #1 by its ... Book™ Rankings 2017 User Survey. ZirMed was recognized as ... large hospitals and medical centers over 200 beds and holds ... healthcare technology user survey history. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: