Healthy Planet Healthy Living: Searching for New Drugs in the Sea

Sunday, December 5, 2010

2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Cost: Free

Sun, 2010-12-05 14:00 - 15:00

This series features free Sunday afternoon lectures by local scientists, researchers, and educators who will discuss how caring for the world around us and caring for ourselves goes hand-in-hand.

There are many reasons for protecting the health of the marine environment around the world, but one that is seldom considered is the vast potential it holds for finding cures and treatments for many human diseases. URI biomedical researcher Dave Rowley will share insights into the tiny marine creatures that he believes may lead to a healthier human population on Earth.

About the Speaker
David C. Rowley, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Pharmacognosy (the study of the medicinal properties of compounds from natural sources) at URI's Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2001 and his B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University in 1990. His areas of interest include: microorganisms from unexplored environments, secondary metabolites produced by marine microbes, bacterial chemical communication, and antibiotic drug discovery. For more information, visit: Natural Products Research Group at URI.