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Pharmaceuticals: From Lab Bench to Medicine Cabinets

March 19 – 20, 2013
Science Lecture Hall, SCI 145

Session 1
Tuesday, March 19Research Frontiers in Drug Discovery and Design

4:00 to 5:00 p.m. SCI 145
Book discussion: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”
Dr. Luann Van Campen
7:00 – 8:00, Dr. Dale Kempf – Antiviral Therapies for HIV and Hepatitis C: From the Bench to the Bedside”
8:00 – 9:00, Dr. Thomas Meade -  Heart Attack or Heartburn: Next Generation Diagnostics that Make the Call”

Session 2
Wednesday, March 20
Ethical Pharmaceuticals: Issues and Practices

Chapel
10:35 to 11:15 a.m
Thomas Meade

3:15 to 5:30 p.m.
Film: “Limitless”
Discussion
Dr. Luann Van Campen

Dinner
7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Ethical Pharmaceuticals: Issues and Practices
7:00 – 8:00, Dr. Dale Kempf – “Neglected Tropical Disease Research: A New Model for Corporate Citizenship”
8:00 – 9:00, Dr. Luann Van Campen – “Pharmaceutical Bioethics: Towards a Practical Approach to Current Challenges”
9:00 – 9:30, Panel Discussion

“Limitless” Synopsis
Eddie Mora (Bradley Cooper) is an author without a novel. No matter how hard he tries, he just can’t summon the inspiration to write a single word. All that changes when an old friend wanders back into Eddie’s life, and opens his eyes to a cutting-edge pharmaceutical called NZT. The drug unlocks the full potential of his brain. Eddie Learns that his new found abilities have made him a target for some of the most greedy and dangerous men on the planet. (PG-13)

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” Synopsis
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet she became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are alive still today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet, Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her “immortality” until twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African-Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we were made of.

Sponsored by the Chemistry Department of Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

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