BizTucson Highlights Barton's Team Effort to Detect, Defeat Ovarian Cancer

Professor Jennifer Barton's cross-disciplinary research into early detection of ovarian cancer is garnering notice – most recently in a cover story in the spring 2017 issue of BizTucson magazine.

BizTucson's Spring 2017 Cover with Jennifer Barton

Barton, who also serves as interim director of the BIO5 Institute, is presently working on a millimeter-scale endoscope called a salpingoscope alongside collaborators in the UA colleges of optical sciences and medicine.

The salpingoscope was first developed with funding from a nearly $1.3 million National Institutes of Health grant. The research team – which includes "engineering students, physiology students, optical science students and medical residents," Barton said – is now working to enhance the device for improved "high-sensitivity, high-resolution imaging of the Fallopian tube, ovaries and uterine wall."

"Concurrent to advancing the basic biology research on ovarian cancer development and improving the device's imaging capabilities is a search for an outside commercial partner to provide engineering and manufacturing," Barton added.

Barton is also collaborating with professor Raymond Kostuk in the department of electrical and computer engineering on a separate detection method based on a volume holographic imaging system.

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