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FAU’s Frontiers in Science Fall Lecture Series Presents ‘Rainforest to Reef: Adventures in Drug Discovery’

BOCA RATON, FL (October 1, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will begin its 2008 Fall Frontiers in Science public lecture series with a presentation by Dr. David Craik, professor and professional research fellow, University of Queensland in St. Lucia, Australia . “Rainforest to Reef: Adventures in Drug Discovery” will take place on Friday, October 3 at 3:30 p.m. in FAU’s General Classroom North Building, Room 101, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.   

In his presentation, Craik will discuss his fieldwork for the collection of specimens, the chemical design process and the evaluation of biological activity that occurs in his research in drug discovery from plants and animals. Craik will share examples of his research.

 “Naturally occurring toxic proteins from plants and animals make great leads for the design of new drugs,” said Craik. “However, they have been regarded as too unstable and largely ignored in the past by pharmaceutical companies. Now by chemically re-engineering their structures to improve their stability a new generation of drugs having higher potency and fewer side effects is on the horizon.”

            Craik, an internationally recognized researcher in the field of molecular bioscience is a group leader in chemistry and structural biology at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at The University of Queensland.

              “This lecture begins the eighth year of our Frontiers in Science public lecture series,” said Dr. Gary W. Perry, dean of the College of Science. “We are pleased with the interest and attendance at the lectures, and look forward to the coming year’s schedule.”

             This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship.

             The reception that follows the program is made possible by the Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant, a component of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

For more information, contact Patsy Jones at 561-297-1307 or


Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.   

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