Prize-Winning Biological Chemist Peter Agre To Speak Oct. 11 And
12 At U.Va.
September 29, 2004 --
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.
lecture, the first in a series of annual public lectures at U.Va.
science laureates, is free and open to the public. Agre will discuss his research
and experiences leading to his 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
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.
discovered water-selective cellular channels in the human body.
the membrane protein aquaporin, or water pore. Because the human body must
maintain a fluid balance in the cells and organs to avoid dehydration,
discovery has important implications for the treatment of a variety of
involving fluid imbalances, such as diabetes, kidney disease, cataracts,
blood conditions, brain edema and autoimmune disorders.
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
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
accelerating the construction of research facilities.
Media contact: Fariss Samarrai, (434) 924-3778; public contact: (434)