University of Akron among winners in cancer fighting competition

9:30 AM, Mar 27, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- The University of Akron is one of five winners in an international competition aimed at encouraging innovations to help fight breast cancer.

The University of Akron team will receive $100,000 "seed" money to further develop their idea of a safer breast implant that could help detect and destroy cancer cells.

The University of Akron research team is led by material scientist Judit E. Puskas, Ph.D., in the College of Engineering.

The competition, GE Healthymagination Cancer Challenge, launched last fall and generated more than 500 ideas from 40 countries.

The other award winners include research teams at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (Nashville); Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa); and a partnership between the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle) and the Uganda Cancer Institute (Kampala).

"To be included among the most prestigious cancer researchers in the world is truly humbling," says Puskas, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. "It is never easy to bring a discovery from the bench to the bedside. It takes years of work and millions in funding support. This award and recognition will help speed the development and manufacturer of a product that can help millions of women recover from breast cancer."

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