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Marie Curie Lectures 'Professor Margaret Brimble


Feb 24, 2011
Te Marae, Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand

Exploring Nature’s Medicine Chest: Professor Margaret Brimble

WELLINGTON, February

The intricate chemistry of nature has evolved over millions of years and we are in the exciting position to be able to recreate and craft the compounds that already exist in the world, in the laboratory.

This lecture explores such possibilities and how we can best use these discoveries to create new medicines. It will showcase how natural products derived from microorganisms that live in extreme environments, and natural products produced by algal blooms, can be harnessed to develop novel anticancer, antibacterial and  antiviral drugs and drugs to treat neurodegenerative diseases.

Marie Curie Lecture Series

Female Chemists from New Zealand reflect on how chemistry improves our lives and society

The Marie Curie Lecture Series is a year- long national tour of talks by female New Zealand chemists in honour of Curie’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry  for her ground-breaking studies in radium and polonium.

These lectures are free and open to the public. For more information please contact lectures@royalsociety.org.nz  or 04 4705770.

Exploring Nature’s Medicine Chest: Professor Margaret Brimble

WELLINGTON, February

The intricate chemistry of nature has evolved over millions of years and we are in the exciting position to be able to recreate and craft the compounds that already exist in the world, in the laboratory.

This lecture explores such possibilities and how we can best use these discoveries to create new medicines. It will showcase how natural products derived from microorganisms that live in extreme environments, and natural products produced by algal blooms, can be harnessed to develop novel anticancer, antibacterial and  antiviral drugs and drugs to treat neurodegenerative diseases.

About Professor Brimble

Professor Margaret Brimble FRSNZ, MNZM holds the Chair of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Auckland. She is Chair of the Rutherford Foundation Board of Trustees and the Rutherford Discovery Fellowships Selection Panel, a Titular Member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Organic and Biomolecular Division and a Principal Investigator in the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery.  Her previous roles include: President of the International Society for Heterocyclic Chemistry, a Member of the Marsden Fund Council and Chair of the Physical Sciences Panel  and Director of Medicinal Chemistry for Neuren Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

In 2005, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK and appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.  Margaret was named the 2007 L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate in Materials Science for Asia-Pacific   was awarded the 2008 World Class New Zealand Award in the Research, Science, Technology and Academia category and won the 2010 Royal Society of Chemistry Natural Products Award and Simonsen lectureship. She delivered the Rosalind Franklin lectures in the UK and the Novartis Chemistry lectureship in 2004.

WELLINGTON

Time:        6.00pm
Date:        Thursday 24 February
Location:   Te Marae, Te Papa

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