Mind and Bodies latest installment roundup

Hello good people of the interweb, long time no see!

We have much to talk about by way of the latest SPARK Mind and Bodies series articles in the Guelph Mercury since last Thursday.

1) Today’s article is a fascinating piece brought to you by Nicole Yada,  the lastest addition to our elite SPARK research communication team. Nicole spoke to molecular biology Prof. Frances Sharom about why cancers sometimes fail to respond to chemotherapy, known as multi-drug resistance.

Prof. Frances Sharom, a U of G molecular and cellular biologist

This is mainly caused by the drug pump P-glycoprotein (Pgp), which is responsible for “kicking out” chemotherapy drugs from tumours. If Sharom and her team are researching how pgp interacts with hundreds or thousands of chemial compounds in order to determine the most effective treatment method.

2) Yesterday’s paper brought us Natalie Osborne’s article about how a team of U of G researchers are working to stop tumour cells in their tracks. Natalie interviewed Biomedical Sciences Professor Alicia Viloria-Petit, along with graduate students Geordon Avery-Cooper and Divya Karsanji about how they are using a unique cell culture system to discover how tumour cells move throughout the body and how they can survive to form tumours in other sites.

Biomedical Sciences Prof. Alicia Viloria-Petit and graduate student Geordon Avery-Cooper

With this, the researchers hope to be able to design ways to block tumour growth before they spread and metastasize throughout the body.

3) This past Friday’s article – written by Joey Sabljic – discussed Biomedical Sciences Professor Roger Moorhead and his latest breast cancer research. Moorehead wants to know whether the genetic alterations that eventually give rise to breast tumour occur at earlier ages, and whether adopting a diet high in soy protein can reduce breast cancer risk.

Prof. Roger Moorehead shown here with a mouse used in his breast cancer research

4) The last story in our Mind and Bodies roundup was also written by Joey Sabljic, who spoke to Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition Professor Heather Keller about how she’s setting out to improve dinner for elderly residents.

Professor Heather Keller wants to improve the quality and nutritional content of food served to elderly residents living in long-term care facilities

Keller – along with several food science researchers – is engineering better tasting, nutritionally-fortified foods for elderly residents, who require less calories but more nutrition with every meal.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out our latest batch of Mind and Bodies articles – we will have tomorrow’s installment to you… tomorrow, I swear! Remember: Follow the highlighted links littered throughout this posting to read full-text articles of each story!


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