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POSTPONED: Birkbeck's Big Ideas: The science behind the development of pharmaceutical drugs (Finsbury Park)

Birkbeck Outreach

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 from 18:00 to 19:30 (GMT)

POSTPONED: Birkbeck's Big Ideas: The science behind...

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Please note: This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for later in 2018


Join us for another instalment of Big Ideas at City & Islington College's Centre for Lifelong Learning, and come prepared for interesting discussion and fascinating research!


What is Birkbeck's Big Ideas?

A series of thought provoking FREE events, designed to inspire and bring world class Birkbeck academics to the local community, with this latest installment from Professor Bonnie Wallace, of Birkbeck's Department of Biological Sciences.  


About the Talk

Find out more about the science behind the process of developing new pharmaceutical drugs for the treatment of diseases, with real examples from a Birkbeck laboratory!

Sodium channels are important targets for pharmaceutical developments because in humans mutations in these molecules cause diseases such as epilepsy, cardiac diseases, and severe and chronic pain.  Using a combination of biology, chemistry, physics, and computing methods Professor Wallace's lab has determined the molecular (atomic) structure of this sodium channel. She will describe how this is done, what the molecule looks like, how it works, and also how this information can be used to design new pharmaceutical drugs.


Who is Professor Bonnie Wallace?

Professor Bonnie Wallace obtained her PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from YaleUniversity and did postdoctoral work (as a Jane Coffin Childs fellow) at Harvard and at the MRC Lab of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. She was the first recipient of the Dayhoff Award of the U.S. Biophysical Society (for the best young female biophysicist in America), and received the Irma T. Hirschl Award, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and was named one of the dozen top young scientists in America by Fortune Magazine. She received the 2010 AstraZeneca Award from the Biochemical Society and the 2009 Interdisciplinary Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry, and was elected as a Fellow of the Biophysical Society and an honorary member of the British Biophysical Society in 2017. She is scientific advisor to the Fevered Sleep Dance Group and regularly gives talks at the UCL Science Centre Friday evening discourses for the public.


The event is FREE and open to all, but please note that seating is allocated on a first come first served basis. Registration and refreshments start at 6pm and the talk will commence at 6.15pm. We look forward to welcoming you to this Birkbeck's Big Idea event!


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When & Where

City & Islington College
Centre for Lifelong Learning
28-42 Blackstock Road
London, Gt Lon N4 2DG

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 from 18:00 to 19:30 (GMT)

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