Metals in Medicine
Metallic elements play important roles in medicine. Some of them, such as calcium, iron, are essential for human health. Others are not natural components of the human body, but have therapeutic properties. For example, cisplatin, a platinum compound, is used for cancer treatment. Still others have properties that can be used for medical imaging and diagnosis such as technetium-99m compounds for radio-diagnosis and gadolinium compounds for enhancing MRI images.
This presentation will introduce the applications of metallic elements in medicine and discuss the research that is taking place at Kettering on 1) the interaction of Ru(II) anticancer agents with proteins in the blood plasma and 2) the synthesis and characterization of gold nanospecies including gold nanoshells and gold-coated iron oxide nanoparticles for potential biomedical applications.
All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend, and lunch will be served to the first 100 people.