In the near future, a prostate cancer patient in Missouri may be injected with a radioisotope that can help imaging scanners accurately determine the precise location of a tumor. That diagnostic imagery could also help determine the targeting ability and exact therapeutic dose necessary to destroy the cancer cells without harming other tissues or organs in the body. A physician could then deliver to that patient a therapeutic radioisotope that is toxic to the cancer cells, without all of the physical side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy.
Professor of Radiology Jeff Smith and Chemistry Professor Silvia Jurisson chat outside the International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine (INMI), across the street from the MU Research Reactor (MURR). The INMI facility will provide critical infrastructure and collaborative expertise to researchers at all four University of Missouri campuses.
At the beginning of the school year, University of Missouri System President Mun Choi announced a series of investments in research and creative works that will help the system’s four universities achieve excellence through innovation. Many of those innovations will germinate and take root at the Institute of Nano and Molecular Innovations (INMI) building across the street from the MU Research Reactor (MURR) on the Mizzou campus.
Opioid abuse and overdoses have reached epidemic proportions for much of the country over the past several years. While there are promising signs that the worst phase of the opiate crisis may be ending, with recent reductions in opiate overdose deaths in many states, scientists who study substance abuse and addiction say that the cyclical nature of drug epidemics makes addressing addiction a long term issue that requires vigilance, innovative approaches to treatment, and a workforce prepared to cope with addiction and its effects.
An associate professor of German will spend a year in Germany after receiving a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. Sean Franzel will begin part of his year-long fellowship at the Free University of Berlin this July and then complete the fellowship in 2021. While in Germany, Franzel will be affiliated with the Peter Szondi Institute for Comparative Literature at the Free University, where he will conduct research for his new book, tentatively titled Writing Time: The Aesthetics of Ephemerality in Nineteenth-Century Periodical Literature.
In applying for the NSF award, MU physics professors Suchi Guha (top) and Ping Yu said the transdisciplinary breadth of available expertise is unmatched in the region, “empowering STEM students to obtain a competitive edge by hands-on experiences, and preparing them for employment in nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science and engineering, and semiconductor-based academic research or industry.”
A University of Missouri team of researchers has been awarded a Major Research Instrumentation award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will allow the team to purchase an ultrafast amplified laser system that will facilitate research in condensed-matter physics, material science and engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, biology, bioengineering, and medicine.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is funding cutting-edge research into new magnetic materials and the theory of spinning electrons that could lead to better data storage and processing and more efficient magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for radiologists, and it may even have implications for quantum computing. MU physics professors David Singh and Carsten Ullrich were recently informed they have won DOE grants to pursue their research.
Frontiers in Magnetic Materials
Singh calls magnetism one of the most remarkable and diverse properties of matter.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Cherry Blossom,” a 39-year-old woman worked as a hotel breakfast bar hostess around the start of the “Great Recession.” She lost her job, and three years later she was being interviewed to assess her struggles with her unemployment. She talked about her empty refrigerator.
A study by University of Missouri researchers that began as a survey of unemployment following the recession, led researchers to discover that participants used food to describe their circumstances.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda) is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. Originating in India more than 5,000 years ago, this holistic medicine system uses herbal compounds, special diets and other health care practices to augment conventional preventative and disease treatments. Now, Kattesh Katti, a researcher at the University of Missouri, has developed a non-toxic delivery method using gold nanoparticles that may revolutionize Ayurveda.