Professor Fred Hawthorne's uncommon research takes on common cancers

M. Frederick Hawthorne, director of the International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine at Mizzou, is beginning to conduct clinical trials of boron neutron capture therapy, a procedure he and his research team believe will selectively shrink malignant tumors and improve survival rates among patients with the most common types of cancer. Both Hawthorne and his wife are cancer survivors.

Cancer-survivor Professor M. Frederick Hawthorne has a heightened personal interest in the preclinical small-animal trials his research team is conducting on cancerous tumors. Hawthorne supported his wife, Diana, as she successfully battled breast cancer in 1977.