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Lecture on preventing cancer with berries set for March 23 at MSU

March 5, 2015 -- MSU News Service

Gary Stoner, an MSU affiliate professor in cell biology and neuroscience, will give a March 23 lecture on “Cancer Prevention with Berries.” (MSU photo by Kelly Gorham).

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BOZEMAN – Gary Stoner, professor emeritus in the Department of Internal Medicine at Ohio State University and an affiliate professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Montana State University, will present "Cancer Prevention with Berries" on Monday, March 23.

The free public lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Hager Auditorium at the Museum of the Rockies. A reception will follow.

Epidemiological studies suggest that eating four to six helpings of vegetables and fruit each day would reduce human cancers by 35 to 40 percent overall. During the past 30 years, scientists have identified more than 500 compounds in vegetables and fruit that prevent cancer in animals, and some of them have been tested in humans.

Stoner's laboratory has found that black raspberries and their constituents reduce oral, esophagus, colon and skin cancers in animals. They regress precancerous lesions in the human oral cavity, esophagus and colon. Berries reduce inflammation and the growth rate of premalignant cells. They stimulate the function of normal cells.

Undoubtedly other foods, including some grown in Montana, have similar capabilities and may well be worthy of future investigation, according to Stoner.

Stoner is a Montana native who based his studies of chemical carcinogenesis and cancer chemoprevention for more than 30 years in the Department of Internal Medicine at Ohio State University. He is particularly recognized for identifying chemical compounds, often natural products derived from common foodstuffs, which prevent cancer in the esophagus and colon. He has published his findings in more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.

Stoner is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the MSU Alumni Achievement Award in 2009. In 2010, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from MSU. Upon retiring, he returned to Montana to ranch near Amsterdam.

More information about Stoner is available in this article that ran in MSU’s Mountains and Minds magazine.

Stoner’s lecture is presented by the Kopriva Science Seminar Series, which is funded through an endowment created by Phil Kopriva, a 1957 microbiology graduate from MSU. Kopriva also created an endowment to fund the Kopriva Graduate Fellowship Program, which provides support and opportunities for graduate students in the College of Letters and Science, particularly in the biomedical sciences. The series features four to six seminars annually, with talks given by MSU graduate students, faculty members and guest speakers.

For more information about this and other Kopriva lectures, go to

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or