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Richard Nuccitelli, an Old Dominion University biophysicist, will make two presentations related to his pioneering bioelectrics cancer research at
the American Association for Cancer Research Conference April 1-5 in Washington, D.C.

Nuccitelli is lead author of a paper published last month in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications reporting that pulses of electricity shorter than a millionth of a second can cause complete remission of melanomas on the skin of mice.

His research team is based at the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, which is operated by ODU and Eastern Virginia Medical School. One of his collaborators is the director of the center, Karl H. Schoenbach, the Batten Endowed Chair in Bioelectrics Engineering at ODU.

Experiments over the last several years at the Reidy Center had shown that nanosecond-range pulses of relatively high field strength could reduce tumor size and mass by cell "suicide." The latest results extend the earlier studies, showing that the process can cause skin tumors to self-destruct.

This article was posted on: March 31, 2006

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