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Nelson and 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.


About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy aims to solve the most pressing health care problems and strives to ensure that each patient receives the safest, most effective treatments. Our discoveries seed the development of novel therapies, and our researchers consistently lead the nation in NIH funding. The School’s doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program, with its unique emphasis on scientific thinking, prepares students to be critical thinkers and leaders in their field.