Brookhaven Women In Science Lecture

"How a Farm Girl Became a Scientist and Impacted Patients' Lives"

Presented by Dr. Cathy Cutler, Director, Medical Isotope Research & Production Program, Brookhaven National Lab

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4:00 pm — Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

Dr. Cutler will talk about her path from rural farm girl to the Director of the Medical Isotope Research & Production Program at Brookhaven Lab where her current work is focused on facilitating the development of new radiopharmaceuticals to enhance personalized treatments of metastatic cancer. Cathy's research has focused on developing improved isotope production methods and enhanced delivery methods to increase the dose to the tumor site and mitigate normal tissue toxicity. Her research eventually brought her to the Lab and its unique facilities that can be used to produce radioisotopes with nuclear properties that can deliver higher dose to tumors and less toxicity to normal tissues. The typical radiopharmaceutical works by combining a radioactive isotope with a specially designed organic molecule or a biological targeting molecule. Once inside the body, the targeting compound takes control, guiding the isotope to the cancerous site where the isotope decays, enabling either diagnosis or ablation of the cell. The challenge particularly in therapy is ensuring enough dose to the tumor cells to cause destruction before the effects on normal cells and toxicity becomes too high.
Coffee and cookies at 4:00 p.m.This event is open to the public.

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