Monday 16 September, 2013 – UQ Research Week

During September BrisScience will once again present The University of Queensland’s annual Research Week Public Lectures. This year’s talks are:

How are new medicines discovered?

Prof Jenny Martin, Institute of Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland

Molecule 300 x 210Ever wondered how new drugs are discovered? Sometimes it’s a case of serendipity. Sometimes it involves synchrotron science, and sometimes the key requirement is sheer single-mindedness. One thing you can be sure of, chemistry is always front and center. That’s because drugs work by interacting chemically with a biological target. In this lecture, find out how drugs have been discovered over the last century and learn how the combination of chemistry, computation, and crystallography has revolutionized drug design. The lecture will also highlight current research on the design of new antibacterials to combat the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

Jenny Martin

Prof Jenny Martin originally trained as a pharmacist before doing her PhD in protein crystallography and drug design at the University of Oxford. After a postdoctoral post at Rockefeller University in New York, Jenny returned to Australia in 1993 to establish the first protein crystallography laboratory in Queensland. She has held several prestigious Fellowships and is currently an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland.

As a leader in her field, she has chaired the National Committee for Crystallography of the Australian Academy of Science, is a past President of the Society for Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand and former member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Australian Synchrotron. Jenny is the recipient of many honours including the ASBMB Roche Medal, the Queensland Smart Women Smart State Research Scientist award, and the Women in Biotech Outstanding Outstanding Biotechnology Achievement Award.

Saving the Planet one Ocean at a Time

Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland

Reef 300 x 196Planet Earth is dominated by a warm salty ocean that is probably unique among tens of thousands of planets.  Vibrant with life, this ocean has nurtured our beginnings and is vital to our future.  Increasing numbers of people, fishing, pollution and now global warming and acidification have driven up stress levels to a point where key planetary services by the Ocean are now under threat, demanding major intervention if we are to avoid a planetary disaster.  The good news is that a massive global movement is now under way among science, business, philanthropy and the public to save our precious blue planet.

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg 201 x 300

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is Professor of Marine Studies and Director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. The Global Change Institute focuses on large-scale challenges such as healthy oceans, food security and renewable energy which require multidisciplinary solutions. Projects pioneered by the Institute include Australia’s largest roof-top photovoltaic array and first zero-carbon/zero-waste building.

Ove has spent his life studying marine ecosystems from Mexico to Antarctica, with a focus on coral reefs.  His work in this area since then has attracted international attention and has earned him a Eureka prize in 1999, the Queensland Smart State Premiers Fellowship in 2007, and an ARC Laureate Fellowship in 2012.

Ove is currently serving as a Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 30 (The Oceans) in the Fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change due to be released in 2014.

  • Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm, Monday 16 September.
  • Venue: Ithaca Room, Brisbane City Hall.
  • Arrangements: Doors open at 6pm. No need to book – just show up!
  • Questions about this event? Contact Andrew.

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