Professor Mihalis Panagiotidis, Professor of Cellular & Molecular Sciences, Northumbria University
Hyperthermia: Turning the Heat on Cancer
Refreshments will be available from 6pm
In his lecture, Professor Panagiotidis will outline evidence supporting the use of heat to treat cancer. Hyperthermia treatment exposes body tissues to high temperatures, resulting in damage and destruction of tumour cells, maximising the effects of radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
Professor Panagiotidis will argue that although many clinical trials have demonstrated the potential of hyperthermia as an effective cancer treatment, there is still insufficient understanding relating to the underlying mechanisms responsible for its therapeutic effectiveness. He will detail supporting evidence about its therapeutic efficacy in treating experimental models of malignant melanoma and show how his own research identifies the molecular mechanisms capable of mediating the beneficial effects of heat on slowing tumour growth. His lecture will draw on experimental models showing that these are beneficial in highlighting how experimental evidence supports clinical findings, influencing therapeutic outcomes and benefitting effective disease management.
About the speaker
Professor Panagiotidis has been Professor of Cellular & Molecular Sciences at Northumbria University since 2016. Before taking up his post, he was Professor & Chair of Nutrition & Toxicology at Heriot-Watt University; Assistant Professor of Molecular Pathology at University of Ioannina, Greece; Assistant Professor of Human Nutrition at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; and Assistant Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health at University of Nevada, Reno, USA.
He is the Academic Editor for the Journal of Medicine; Associate Editor for the Journal of Pharmacology & Therapeutics; and Editorial Board Member for the Journals of Cancer Letter, International Journal of Experimental Pathology and Toxicology Mechanisms & Methods. He is an Active Member and Ambassador of the European Association for Cancer Research, a Permanent Member of the Asia-Pacific Association of Medical Research, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member for the International Institute of Anticancer Research.
Professor Panagiotidis’ work appears in several peer-reviewed journals and his research interests focus on molecular mechanisms underlying disease pathophysiology, experimental therapeutics and biomarker development as well as nutrition and disease prevention.
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