Sarah Nelson and Marcus Ferrone explain how they are joining forces against prostate cancer
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), used with a novel pyruvate chemical compound that is specially labeled to be read by the MRI machine, is being applied for the first time in humans to study the aggressiveness of prostate cancer in patients and the success of prostate cancer therapies. The chemical compound is energized, then quickly injected into the prostate cancer patient before imaging begins.
The UCSF research project brings together the imaging expertise of mathematician and bioengineer Sarah Nelson, PhD, and the pharmacy and compound formulation expertise of pharmacist Marcus Ferrone, PharmD. Nelson is a faculty member in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine. Ferrone is a faculty member in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, UCSF School of Pharmacy.
The School of Pharmacy at UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a prominent academic institution, founded in 1872, that today pioneers the health sciences graduate-level education, biomedical research, and patient care needed to further the development and best use of precise therapeutics—medications, medical devices, and diagnostic tests—to improve the health of people everywhere. The School is an integral part of UCSF, the nation’s leading university exclusively focused on health.