Date(s) - 29 Nov 2013
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Arizona Science Center
NEW FRONTIERS IN MEDICAL SCIENCE
Sugar is bad, fat is good: a new take on cancer therapy
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
6 – 7p.m.
Arizona Science Center, IMAX® Theater
Perfect for science lovers from 16 -116 years!
Adrienne Scheck, Ph.D. Principal Investigator, Neuro-Oncology and Neurosurgery Research Laboratory, Barrow Neurological Institute
Diets are far more than a health fad to Barrow Researcher Adrienne C. Scheck, Ph.D. Her team studies a potential therapy known as the ketogenic diet to complement traditional brain cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. Researchers noticed that a diet used to control epilepsy that is unresponsive to conventional drug therapies causes depletion of chemicals, called ketones, which are essential for tumor cells to make energy. Scheck’s team postulates that the diet improves cancer survival rates by starving tumor tissues of energy, stunting their growth, improving chemotherapy effectiveness by reducing reactive oxygen species around tumors, and affecting gene expression in tumor cells. The ketogenic diet, combined with traditional therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy, will soon be entering clinical trials to test their combined potential to slow the growth of living cancer cells.
Note: Normally this series takes place on the fourth Thursday of the month but will move to Friday in November due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
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