Medical isotopes in treatment of cancer is subject of next faculty lecture

(03-15-2013)

The Adams State University Faculty Lecture Series continues with "Better Living Through Chemistry: Medical Isotopes," by Sandra Wagner, adjunct instructor of chemistry. The event begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in Porter Hall room 130.

Cancer is a terrible disease and we all know its devastating impact. Over the past 30 years there have been amazing breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatments of cancer with radioactive pharmaceuticals made with medical isotopes. This is far beyond the common x-rays we are familiar with for the diagnosis of broken bones and tooth decay. Recently there have been shortages of isotopes for a variety of reasons, and the future of their production is not certain. Advances in the producPon of medical isotopes for research into a variety of diseases at a reasonable cost in crucial. What are these isotopes, where do they come from, and what is the future? How can you help?

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Kristy Duran, assistant professor of biology, at 719-587-7767, or klduran@adams.edu.