Thomas to Discuss Breast Cancer Detection Research

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

University of Iowa News Release

At an upcoming Lifelong Learning event in Des Moines, University of Iowa engineering professor Geb Thomas will share his work in developing devices that train doctors in early breast cancer detection.

The UI Alumni Association, College of Engineering, and Division of Continuing Education are hosting "Breast Cancer in Iowa: Training Doctors, Saving Lives" on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Pappajohn Education Center, 1200 Grand Ave. in Des Moines.

At the University of Iowa, multidisciplinary research in the College of Engineering and the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is helping to reduce the impact of this devastating disease in Iowa and beyond. Thomas will discuss his research into developing prosthetic breasts with moving electronic "tumors," giving doctors critical training and experience. Thomas will bring several prototypes of the prosthetic devices and encourages audience participation in learning about them.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 182,460 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the United States during 2008. The 2008 Cancer in Iowa Report estimates 2,120 such cases in Iowa alone.

Thomas is an associate professor of mechanical engineering and coordinator of the industrial engineering program at the UI. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York and a doctorate from Penn State University. An expert in robotics and virtual reality, Thomas has authored numerous articles and collaborated with colleagues in the UI Carver College of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine to aid in early tumor detection with prosthetic breast research.

This event, part of the UI Alumni Association's Lifelong Learning Program, is free and open to the public. An informal discussion and networking reception hosted by College of Engineering students begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by Thomas' interactive presentation at 7 p.m. RSVP by Friday, Nov. 7 at http://www.iowalum.com/lifelonglearning.

The presentation is also supported by the Des Moines Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which has the mission of eradicating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment.

For more information visit http://www.iowalum.com/lifelonglearning, e-mail jane-kirsch@uiowa.edu or call 1-800-IOWALUM.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: UI Alumni Association, 800-469-2586; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu