Dr. Burns is Professor in the Department  of Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences received his BA from Hartwick College in New York in 1961 with a Major in Biology, his Masters from the University of Maine in 1963 and his Ph.D. from the Department of Anatomy, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana in 1967 with a dissertation in experimental oncology and a minor in human pathology. Dr. Burns then completed a 1 yr  National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship in cancer research and human cancer pathology at the George Washington University in Washington DC, before joining the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

His career research interest is experimental oncology in mouse models focused on the best time in the host’s circadian rhythm to give anti-cancer chemotherapy drugs and produce less organ toxicity and more long-term cures, i.e. chronochemotherapy. He has 105 scientific publications, which played a role in mouse-based chronochemotherapy  eventually moving into successful human chronochemotherapy clinical trials by others.  His honors include: 1) a 5 yr Research Career Development Award from the National Cancer Institute in the 1970’s to train in chronobiology under the mentorship of Lawrence Scheving, Ph.D. a chronobiologist and former President of the International Society of Chronobiology, 2) Distinguished Alumnus, Hartwick College, 3) Lutterloh Professor of Medical Education Excellence, 4) Master Teacher and Chancellor’s Teaching Awards at UAMS. He also has publications in the areas of Medical Student Education and Professional Development in health science content for PreK- Grade 12 teachers and school nurses.

Learning Points:

  • What is Chrono Chemotherapy?
  • What is research suggesting about our body clocks and their possible impact on the timing of chemotherapy?
  • What is research suggesting about our body clocks and reducing toxicity of chemotherapy?

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