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Jan. 21, 2016

Kattesh Katti, PhD

MU Radiology Professor Named India’s Person of the Year in Science

Katti honored for breakthrough research in nanomedicine and green nanotechnology

Kattesh Katti, PhD, Curators’ Professor of Radiology and Physics, director of the MU Institute of Green Nanotechnology and Margaret Proctor Mulligan Distinguished Professor of Medical Research at the MU School of Medicine, was named the 2016 Person of the Year in Science by Vijayavani, the leading daily newspaper in the Indian state of Karnataka. Katti received this recognition for his breakthrough research in the fields of nanomedicine and green nanotechnology.

Katti has dedicated his career at MU to discovering new ways to use gold nanoparticles and “green” technologies such as phytochemicals from tea, soy, cinnamon, and other common herbs and fruits, as non-toxic alternatives to treating cancer, arthritis and other debilitating diseases. Katti, who was born in Karnataka, said this recognition helps validate the quality of interdisciplinary translational medical research in the field of green nanotechnology being carried out at MU.

“The Vijayavani newspaper recognized my ability to merge the traditional Indian holistic medicine of Ayurveda with the science of green nanotechnology,” Katti said. “This will help advance nano-Ayurvedic medicine products to applications that can be used to cure and treat patients across the world.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, Ayurvedic medicine, which originated in India, is one of the world’s oldest medical systems and uses herbal compounds, special diets and other unique health practices to combat the spread of certain diseases.

One of Katti’s research collaborators, C.M. Joshi, MD, consulting physician at the Specialty Ayurveda Clinic in Karnataka, India, said Katti’s green-nanotechnology research provides a scientific justification to Ayurvedic medicine. Joshi is working with Katti to bring nano-Ayurvedic medicine products to clinics in India.

Katti’s future research plans include transitioning from using nano-Ayurvedic treatment methods on small and large animals to human patients in India.

Anantkumar Hegde, a member of the Indian Parliament, said Katti’s approach to holistic medicine through green nanotechnology is unprecedented as it is poised to create a renaissance of nano-Ayurvedic medicine across the world.

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