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Nature-inspired advances in medicine to be discussed March 24 at MSU

March 6, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- A free public lecture about advances in medicine that are inspired by nature will be given at 4 p.m. Monday, March 24, in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building at Montana State University.

Paul A. Wender, the Bergstrom Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University, will present "Translating Nature's Molecular Library: Transformative Approaches to AIDS Eradication, Alzheimer's Disease and Resistant Cancer."

Wender conducts research in chemistry, biology, materials science, drug delivery and medicine, with particular emphasis on the design and synthesis of molecules that exhibit unique or special function such as catalysis, drug delivery, imaging, diagnostics and therapy. In his talk, Wender will present research directed at unsolved problems in medicine, including approaches to the eradication of HIV/AIDS, and a first-in-class strategy to treat Alzheimer's disease and cognitive dysfunction that is now connected to a recently opened clinical trial. He will also discuss advances in overcoming resistant cancer, the major cause of chemotherapy failure, and a small molecule approach to immunotherapy.   

Wender is a global leader in molecular chemistry, designer molecules and sustainable chemistry. His pioneering research has led to the development of new therapeutic agents and new methods for delivering drugs and probes into cells and tissues. Wender was integral to work on molecules used in the anti-cancer drug taxol, as well as phorbol, resiniferatoxin and other molecules involved in medical research.

Wender’s lecture is sponsored by MSU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and is presented by the College of Letters and Science's Distinguished Speakers Series. The series, which began in the spring of 2011, brings distinguished scholars to MSU to give a public talk and to meet with faculty and students in order to enrich the intellectual life on campus and to enhance research connections.

For more information about this and other lectures in the Letters and Science Distinguished Speakers Series, go to or call 994-4288. 

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or