RENOWNED Jamaican scientist Professor Henry Lowe will this evening launch his new book on prostate cancer, aimed at providing in-depth information on the prevention, management and treatment of the disease.
The book, titled The Prostate Cancer Guide - A Resource for Jamaican Men & Their Families, is authored by Dr Lowe and Dr Perceval Bahado-Singh.
The launch is scheduled for 6:00 pm at Eden Gardens on Lady Musgrave Road in Kingston where Lowe's Environmental Health Foundation is located and will be addressed by Lyttleton Shirley, chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority.
The book launch comes two weeks before Dr Lowe's highly anticipated presentation to the eighth Annual Congress of International Drug Discovery Science and Technology (IDDST) to be held in Beijing, China October 23-25.
Lowe, who discovered a new drug treatment for cancer which is now undergoing final stages of the drug development for human cancer diseases, has been asked to present on his cancer research work on Jamaican medicinal plants, especially his recent work with Tillandsia recurvata (Ball Moss).
Tillandsia recurvata has demonstrated potent anti-cancer activities, both in vitro and in vivo, and is expected to equal or perform better than most types of anti-cancer drugs.
A USA patent for his anti-cancer discovery was recently granted by the USA Patent Office and a second patent application is to be filed shortly.
In addition to his work with professors West and Lochart in the research on ganja (cannabis) for the management of glaucoma, Dr Lowe -- winner of the Observer Business Leader Award for 2006 -- has developed a new interest in the use of isolates from ganja for the management of cancer, and is expected to present the results shortly.
The IDDST Congress is regarded as a leading international event that highlights scientific and technological breakthroughs and this Eighth Congress will place emphasis on the practical, actionable ideas for accelerating discovery and their early development.
This year's staging will focus on "bringing the next blockbuster drug to market" and Lowe's discovery is one to be specially considered at the congress.
While in China, Professor Lowe will have the opportunity to meet with pharmaceutical executives and tour pharmaceutical installations for collaborative research and development work.
Professor Lowe announced his research findings on the Ball Moss to the world scientific community when he was invited to present at the Ehrlich II Second World Conference on Magic Bullets in Nurnberg, Germany in October 2008.
He has lectured locally and internationally in the areas of science, medicinal chemistry and the health sciences, and is the author of over 20 books and over 1,000 publications in the technical and popular press.
As executive chairman of the Environmental Health Foundation, Professor Lowe is spearheading activities that support research in science and technology; and wellness and health care promotions.