Public Lecture – Prof Mike Davies-Coleman 2013

Feb 04, 2013 No Comments by

Prof Michael Davies-Coleman FRSSAf, Dean of Natural Sciences at University of the Western Cape will present at talk entitled  ‘Cures from the Deep: Trawling the World’s Oceans for New Pharmaceuticals’ on Wednesday 20th February at 5pm at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory*
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.

*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).



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