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Nobel laureate to keynote international pharmaceutical conference at URI
Date:6/7/2012

KINGSTON, R.I. June 7, 2012 The University of Rhode Island will hold a global pharmaceutical sciences conference featuring Nobel Prize winner Thomas Steitz from Sept. 28 through 30 at its Kingston Campus.

Steitz, the Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and professor of chemistry at Yale University, will speak Sunday, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m. Steitz, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009 with two other scientists, is also an investigator at Yale's Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Registration is required and full details about the conference can be found at http://www.uri.edu/pharmacy/frontiers/2012/index.html. The program is one of many to be held in conjunction with the September grand opening of the new URI College of Pharmacy building, a $75 million facility supported primarily by Rhode Islanders.

Conference co-organizer Navindra Seeram, URI assistant professor of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences and director of the Bioactive Botanical Research Laboratory, said he believes this will be the largest conference of its kind in the history of the University.

"The Northeast Corridor of the United States is the center of pharmaceutical science research and industry and so this is an ideal location for a program of this type," Seeram said. "The participation of some of the world's leading biomedical scientists, including Yale's Professor Steitz, is an indication of the high regard they have for research going on at URI's College of Pharmacy and, indeed, the ongoing scientific work of many of our colleges. We have attracted renowned scientists from every portion of the globe, including researchers in India and Pakistan who have partnerships with us."

Conference co-organizer Keykavous Parang, URI professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacology, said the conference will offer one of the most dive
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Contact: Dave Lavallee
dlavallee@advance.uri.edu
401-874-5862
University of Rhode Island
Source:Eurekalert

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