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Nobel Prize winner to give talk on personalized medicine

Fri, 10/04/2013

LAWRENCE — Nobel Laureate Aaron Ciechanover will deliver the 13th Takeru Higuchi Memorial Lectures on Monday, Oct. 7, at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy.

Aaron CiechanoverCiechanover, who earned the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2004, will speak about personalized medicine during his public lecture, “The Revolution of Personalized Medicine: Are We Going to Cure All Diseases and at What Price?” The lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the School of Pharmacy building.

He also will deliver a technical lecture, “The Ubiquitin Proteolytic System for Intracellular Proteolysis: From Basic Mechanisms through Human Diseases and on to Drug Development,” at noon Monday, also at the School of Pharmacy building.

Ciechanover, an Israeli biologist, won the Nobel Prize for characterizing the method that cells use to degrade and recycle proteins using ubiquitin. He earned his doctorate in biochemistry in 1982 from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. He is a distinguished research professor at Technion.

Val Stella, distinguished professor of pharmaceutical chemistry, helps select lecturers for the Higuchi series. The series namesake, Takeru Higuchi, is a former KU Regents professor and researcher and was known as the “Father of Physical Pharmacy,” Stella said.

“This title was earned during his years at the University of Wisconsin from 1946 to 1967, a period during which he produced some of the seminal work in our field, which he continued when he moved here to KU in 1967,” Stella said.

Stella, who studied under Higuchi, said it was Aya Higuchi, Takeru’s wife, who insisted that the lecture series, named for her husband, be reserved for the world’s elite scientists.



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