2013 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture: Mastering molecular chess to mine nature’s medicine chest Event as iCalendar

22 May 2013

6 - 7pm

Venue: The Auditorium, Level 2, Auckland Museum, The Domain, Parnell, Auckland

Natural products provide an invaluable platform for developing front-line drugs. The intricate chemistry of nature has evolved over millions of years but today we can craft this same chemistry in the laboratory over a much shorter period.

In the 2013 Rutherford Lecture, Professor Margaret Brimble will show how natural products derived from either microorganisms that live in extreme environments, or algal blooms, can be harnessed to develop anticancer, antibacterial and antiviral drugs and drugs to treat neurodegenerative diseases. Professor Brimble will also describe her recent experience as part of a commercial drug discovery team developing drugs to treat traumatic brain injury and melanoma vaccines that will be used for human clinical trials.

Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble

holds the Chair of Organic and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Auckland and is also a Principal Investigator in the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK and a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Her achievements have been widely acknowledged both in New Zealand and internationally. In 2007 she was named L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate in Materials Science for Asia-Pacific and in 2012 she received New Zealand’s highest science honour, the Rutherford Medal.

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