Robert Turesky, Ph.D., Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota, has been appointed as the Masonic Chair in Cancer Causation. The appointment was made possible through Minnesota Masonic Charities’ accelerated pledge payment made to the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota of $25 million, which will advance important research programs now underway.
Turesky’s research focuses on what happens in the body when people ingest chemicals that are formed from grilled and fried meats, or when meat is cooked over an open flame. Turesky’s research has shown that higher temperatures and longer cooking times lead to higher levels of chemicals that can, upon ingestion, react with enzymes in our bodies to become “reactive intermediates” that can damage DNA.
Dr. Turesky is the Director of the Analytical Biochemistry shared resource at the Masonic Cancer Center. He has also served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and as Division Director of Chemistry at the National Center for Toxicological Research of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“I am thrilled to receive this appointment,” said Turesky. “Minnesota Masonic Charities has been an important source of support to my research program, for which I am most grateful.”