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Nobel Prize-Winning Biological Chemist Peter Agre To Speak Oct. 11 And 12 At U.Va.

September 29, 2004 -- Nobel laureate Dr. Peter Agre, a ground-breaking biological chemist from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will present a public lecture, “The Road to Stockholm and Back: Comments on the Journey,” on Tues., Oct. 12, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the University of Virginia’s Rotunda Dome Room.

The lecture, the first in a series of annual public lectures at U.Va. by Nobel science laureates, is free and open to the public. Agre will discuss his research and experiences leading to his 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

He also will present a technical lecture, “Aquaporin Water Channels: From Atomic Structure to Clinical Medicine,” to the U.Va. Medical School community on Mon., Oct. 11, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Jordan Hall Auditorium.

Agre discovered water-selective cellular channels in the human body. He named the membrane protein aquaporin, or water pore. Because the human body must maintain a fluid balance in the cells and organs to avoid dehydration, Agre’s discovery has important implications for the treatment of a variety of health conditions involving fluid imbalances, such as diabetes, kidney disease, cataracts, blood conditions, brain edema and autoimmune disorders.

The new Nobel laureate speaker program, sponsored by U.Va.’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, will give the University of Virginia community and surrounding communities an opportunity to celebrate discovery and creativity as essential features of the University’s mission.

Several other initiatives are under way to increase the quality and visibility of scientific research at U.Va., including a new commitment to interdisciplinary and multi-investigator research, recruitment of leading researchers and accelerating the construction of research facilities.

Media contact: Fariss Samarrai, (434) 924-3778; public contact: (434) 924-3606.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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