February 19, 1999

Annual Hardman lecture to focus on botanical therapies

The Joel G. Hardman Student-Invited Pharmacology Forum will be held Wednesday, Feb. 24.

This annual event offers graduate students in the Pharmacological Sciences Training Program the opportunity to identify a focused research area and invites internationally recognized scientists to participate in a symposium.

The topic of this year¹s symposium is "The Modern Medicine Cabinet: Botanical Approaches to Novel Therapeutics."

Paul Alan Cox, Ph.D., director and chief executive officer of the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii, will speak about "Ethnobotany and the Search for New Drugs."

Carole L. Cramer, Ph.D., chief scientific officer of CropTech Development Corp. and professor of Plant Pathology and Physiology at Virginia Tech, will speak about "Tobacco-based Bioproduction of Complex Human Enzyme Therapeutics."

Julian K-C. Ma, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in the department of Immunology, United Medical and Dental Schools, Guy¹s Hospital, London, will conclude the program with a talk entitled, "Plants: An Efficient Expression System for Complex Mammalian Proteins."

The symposium is from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 214 Light Hall.

Following the event, graduate students in the Pharmacological Sciences Training Program will present their research in a poster session from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the MRBI third-floor atrium.