Monday, 7 February 2011

marie curie lecture series

thanx to stef for alerting us to the marie curie lecture series. from the blurb on their website:

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.

looks like a fantastic line-up of women who will be speaking, as well as good geographical coverage around the country. the first one is in wellington at 6pm on 24 february, at te papa's marae. professor margaret brimble speaks on the followin topic:

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.

hope our wellington readers will try to get along.

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