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Two Old Dominion University researchers-Richard Nuccitelli and Karl Schoenbach-discuss their new bioelectric therapy for skin cancer on a radio interview program jointly produced by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and Washington, D.C., radio station, WTOP.

The program began airing March 18 and was to be repeated several times. A transcript of the interview and an audio link are at www.nae.edu/radio.
Nuccitelli, a biophysicist who is on the faculty of ODU's Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology, is the first author of a paper about the therapy published online in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. The paper, which was published March 10, reports that pulses of electricity shorter than a millionth of a second can cause complete remission of melanomas on the skin of mice.

Schoenbach, a co-author of the paper, is Batten Endowed Chair in Bioelectrics Engineering and professor and eminent scholar of electrical and computer engineering at ODU. He is director of the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, where the melanoma therapy research was conducted. The Reidy Center is operated by ODU and Eastern Virginia Medical School.

The NAE Web site includes links to several ODU sites featuring a full news story about the melanoma research, more information about the research of Nuccitelli and Schoenbach, and general information about bioelectric studies at the Reidy Center. There also is a link to a site detailing the work of Dr. Stephen Beebe, EVMS professor of physiological sciences and pediatrics, and another co-author of the recent paper.

The interview with Nuccitelli and Schoenbach was conducted by Randy Atkins, NAE senior program officer for media and public relations.

This article was posted on: March 20, 2006

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