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Cancer-killing Nanoparticles in Odyssey

Contact: Ralph Derickson

Image of front cover of fall 2003 Odyssey magazine
Cover of Fall 2003 Odyssey magazine

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The Mumper and Jay story is a feature in the fall 2003 issue of Odyssey, magazine, which covers the latest research advances, innovative scholarship, and outstanding people that are part of UK’s $223-million-a-year research enterprise. The award-winning magazine is published through the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2003) -- Arming nanoparticles for a seek-and-destroy mission. That’s the goal of Russell J. Mumper, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, and Michael Jay, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, in the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, and they are engineering these tiny spheres to target, infiltrate and release cancer-killing drugs into diseased cells.

Mumper, associate director of the UK Center for Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, and Jay, director of the UK Center for Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, formed NanoMed Pharmaceuticals Inc. in 2000 based on their patented technology. They gave two reasons when asked “Why nanoparticles?”: cells can easily take them in (the typical cell is around 8,000 nanometers) and they can circulate in the body for a relatively long time without being removed by macrophages and other cellular police.

The Mumper and Jay story is a feature in the fall 2003 issue of Odyssey, magazine, which covers the latest research advances, innovative scholarship, and outstanding people that are part of UK’s $223-million-a-year research enterprise. The award-winning magazine, published through the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, is available online.

Also featured in the fall Odyssey is Jane Hayes, assistant professor of computer science in the UK Department of Computer Science, who, with 17 years in industry, brings significant expertise to graduate students in the software engineering program she’s built from scratch at UK. Hayes, who works with NASA, is designing software to further UK research and empowering students to tackle real-world problems.

The Odyssey fall issue also features a study on obstacles facing female domestic violence victims in rural vs. urban areas, as well as UK professors partnering with Kentucky history teachers to craft curriculum that combines new historical scholarship and creative ideas to help kids investigate the past, and the Kentucky Ambulatory Network, which partners primary-care physicians with university faculty to answer important health questions.

An article about faculty entrepreneur Robert A. Lodder’s union of fiber optics and mathematics in a probe that lets doctors do pre-emptive, on-site inspections of heart vessels introduces Odyssey Online Exclusive, a Web-based supplement to the two print editions of Odyssey each year. Lodder is an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences. To visit Odyssey Online Exclusive and learn about other featured entrepreneurs, go to www.rgs.uky.edu/ca/odyssey/exclusive.


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