ROYAL SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA and

THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE OF SOUTH AFRICA

INVITE YOU TO A PUBLIC LECTURE BY

                          Professor Michael T. Davies-Coleman FRSSAf

Dean of Natural Sciences & Professor of Chemistry at University of the Western Cape

entitled

‘Cures from the Deep: Trawling the World’s Oceans for New Pharmaceuticals’

Marine bacteria and macro-invertebrates e.g. sponges, soft corals sea squirts and their associated predators, eg seaslugs are reservoirs of new biomolecules, some of which exhibit medicinal potential.  This illustrated talk will tell some of the stories behind the exciting marine pharmaceuticals that have burst onto our pharmacy shelves and into our hospitals over the last decade.  The enormous potential of the oceans to provide not only new medicines but also other useful bioproducts, will be described.   The delicate balance between the needs of the market and sustainability of the marine supply chain will be discussed.

 

Date: Wednesday 20th February 2013

Time:

17h00 (Tea will be served from 16h30)

Place:

South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory*

*Directions to SAAO Auditorium :

Coming from the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue to the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp).

NO BOOKINGS / ALL WELCOME

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN