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K-State Today

December 7, 2011



Distinguished medicinal chemist to deliver 38th H.H. King Lecture Dec. 8

By Eric Maatta

Prof. Paul Wender

Paul A. Wender, Bergstrom professor of chemistry at Stanford University, and professor of chemical and systems biology at the Stanford Medical School, will speak on “Translational Science and Transformative Therapies” at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 in 4 King Hall. Prof. Wender’s group produced the first or early syntheses of medicinally important natural products used today in treatments for cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, severe pain, etc., including taxol, phorbol, resiniferatoxin and bryostatin.

His current research involves chemistry-driven approaches to imaging, diagnostics, drug delivery, disease resistance, tuberculosis, and the biochemistry of learning. Four programs are now in preclinical development concerning HIV/AIDS, overcoming cancer resistance, and treatments for Alzheimer’s and lymphoma.

Prof. Wender is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been honored numerous times both for his scientific contributions and for his outstanding classroom instruction.

Prof. Wender’s talk is free and open to the public, and will be accessible to a general audience.