Ivana Vucenik, PhD, associate professor and graduate program director of medical and research technology and pathology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will present a keynote lecture on Friday, Nov. 30, at the Third International Symposium on Rice Science in Global Health in Kyoto, Japan.
Vucenik has been investigating the effect of IP6 on cancer cell growth, differentiation, and its interaction with intracellular signal transduction pathways to understand the molecular mechanism(s) underlying this antineoplastic action. Dr. Vucenik also has been studying the antiplatelet and natural killer (NK)-cell enhancing functions of IP6. Another research project in her laboratory focuses on platelet function testing and the phenomenon of aspirin resistance in humans.
As a recognized nutrition researcher and educator, Vucenik has made numerous presentations at national and international meetings. Her research has been supported by grants from the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the American Institute for Cancer Research, the University of Maryland Designated Research Initiative Fund, and the University of Maryland Women Health Research Foundation.