Press Releases Index

September 17, 2004
CONTACT: Tom McLaughlin
Office of University Relations
908-737-NEWS (6397)

Kean Professor Publishes Breakthrough Cancer-Research Book Series

UNION, N.J. – Kean University Distinguished Professor Dr. Eric Hayat, Department of Biological Sciences, began writing his first book in the field of electron microscopy while taking post-graduate courses at the University of California at Berkeley in the late 1960s. Now in its fourth edition, that original breakthrough text is still the only book in any language that gives the fundamental chemical techniques for using electron microscopy. But by no means has his pioneering work ended there. Amazingly, over the last thirty years, Hayat has repeatedly reinvented himself in this, as well as the cancer-research fields, authoring and editing more than 30 books which are invariably a first of its kind.

For his latest project in cancer diagnosis, Hayat has amassed 65 pathologists from 12 countries to contribute to volume one in a six-volume series on the most common forms of this deadly disease in the United States, including lung, breast, prostate, colorectal, ovarian, pancreatic, blood and skin cancer. Each edition discusses in great length two forms of cancer, is divided into several easy-to-use reference sections, and contains scores of vivid illustrations that are of precise detail and color, in order to serve as a resource for accurate diagnosis of the disease. The first text in the series, Handbook of Immunochemistry and in situ Hybridization of Human Carcinomas, was published this year and discusses lung and breast cancers, the two most common forms of the disease worldwide.

Furthermore, each installment includes a section on molecular genetics, in a very conscious attempt to encourage the latest research in this field to be incorporated into cancer diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. “That is the main thrust of these publications,” said Hayat, who, in addition to compiling and editing the works, also authored several of his own chapters. “We should inform medical doctors about molecular genetics to enable an early diagnosis. There has never been a book that has taken this approach.”

That fact has not been overlooked within the international scientific community, as the series is already being lauded as an invaluable resource for medical students, companies in the cancer-research and drug-development industry and pathologists who diagnose the disease. “From my point of view, the concept of a book series combining molecular genetics of cancer and modern cancer diagnostics is urgently needed,” writes Dr. Elizabeth A. Herness, director of Gene Express, Inc. “These books may provide the reader with the basic theoretical background, as well as the practical approaches in modern tumor diagnostics. To my knowledge, there is no other book available so far.”