Past News

Anthrax To Cure Cancer: Breakthrough in Bladder Cancer Treatment By Purdue University

November 13, 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bladder cancer affects about 72,000 Americans every year and kills about 16,000 of them. It is the sixth most common cancer in the United States. It is also one of the most expensive cancers to treat and the current treatments are highly invasive. Patients have to sit for hours at a time with their bladders full of an agent designed to destroy the cancer cells and tumors. Bladder cancer is also said to be the most reoccurring type with a 70% chance of recurrence.

Anthrax To Cure Cancer: Breakthrough in Bladder Cancer Treatment By Purdue University

Purdue Pharmacy Research: Opioid-containing Plant Better Than Heroin, But Still Addictive

November 13, 2019

Purdue University pharmacists say their study of an Asian plant containing opioids shows it may be a better alternative to hard drugs, but isn’t completely safe for human consumption.

Purdue Pharmacy Research: Opioid-containing Plant Better Than Heroin, But Still Addictive

Highly Efficient Solar Cells Possible With Hybrid Perovskite Breakthrough

November 13, 2019

A new type of material for next-generation solar cells eliminates the need to use lead, which has been a major roadblock for this technology. Solar cells, incorporating the mineral perovskite, have been the focus of attention since the material was first shown to work in 2009. Solar cells that are built using this material are more efficient than current solar panels. Current solar panels capture 15% to 18% of the solar energy on average, while perovskite solar cells have been found to be as much as 28% efficient.

Highly Efficient Solar Cells Possible With Hybrid Perovskite Breakthrough

Anthrax may be the next tool in the fight against bladder cancer

November 12, 2019

Anthrax may soon help more people win the fight against bladder cancer, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says strikes about 72,000 Americans each year and kills about 16,000, and is one of the most expensive cancers to treat.

Anthrax may be the next tool in the fight against bladder cancer

Anthrax may be the next tool in the fight against bladder cancer

November 12, 2019

The current treatments for bladder cancer are invasive for patients -- who often must sit for hours at a time with a bladder full of an agent designed to kill cancer cells and tumors. Bladder cancer also is one of the most reoccurring for people diagnosed with the disease.

Anthrax may be the next tool in the fight against bladder cancer

New material points toward highly efficient solar cells

November 12, 2019

A new type of material for next-generation solar cells eliminates the need to use lead, which has been a major roadblock for this technology.

New material points toward highly efficient solar cells

Risky business: Frogs’ mating calls also attract predators

November 11, 2019

Frogs have been struggling a bit in recent years. Their populations around the world have been declining for decades, and the reasons for their loss come from many fronts. Like many other animals, frogs are losing their homes and learning to live in a changing world.

Risky business: Frogs’ mating calls also attract predators

Getting cancer drugs to the brain is difficult – but a new ‘road map’ might make it easier

November 11, 2019

The human brain has some remarkable capabilities – including the ability to block cancer drugs from effectively reaching cancer cells in the brain. The greatest obstacle when it comes to treating cancer that has spread to the brain is the blood-brain barrier, the brain’s natural defense mechanism that is a collection of blood vessels that can filter out what goes in and out of the brain.

Getting cancer drugs to the brain is difficult – but a new ‘road map’ might make it easier

$2.3 million grant to advance ethanol fuel research

November 9, 2019

Imagine trying to quickly turn a damp piece of plywood into a liquid and squeezing it through several small openings. That’s essentially the challenge facing biorefineries trying to turn corn waste and related materials into ethanol fuel.

$2.3 million grant to advance ethanol fuel research

Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award presented to Haley Oliver

November 6, 2019

Haley Oliver, associate professor in food science, was recently honored with Purdue Agriculture’s 2019 Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award. An expert in retail food safety with an international reputation for her lab’s work on the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes, Oliver is the principle investigator and director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety (FSIL), established through a $10 million grant from United States Agency for International Development (USAID). FSIL will increase food safety awareness, support local research efforts to improve food safety and disseminate information from the research in Bangladesh, Kenya, Ethiopia, Senegal and Cambodia.

Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award presented to Haley Oliver