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Big Ideas: The science behind the development of pharmaceutical drugs (Finsbury Park)

Starts 16 January 2018 - 18:00
Finishes 16 January 2018 - 19:30
Venue City & Islington College, Centre for Lifelong Learning, 28-42 Blackstock Road, London, N4 2DG
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Find out more about the science behind the process of developing new pharmaceutical drugs for the treatment of diseases, with real examples from a Birkbeck laboratory!

Birkbeck's Big Ideas is a series of thought-provoking free public lectures, designed to inspire and bring world class Birkbeck academics to the local community, with this latest instalment from Professor Bonnie Wallace, of Birkbeck's Department of Biological Sciences.  

Sodium channels are important targets for pharmaceutical developments because in humans mutations in these molecules cause diseases such as epilepsy, cardiac diseases, and severe and chronic pain. Using a combination of biology, chemistry, physics, and computing methods, Professor Wallace's lab has determined the molecular (atomic) structure of this sodium channel. She will describe how this is done, what the molecule looks like, how it works, and also how this information can be used to design new pharmaceutical drugs.

The event is FREE and open to all, but please note that seating is allocated on a first come first served basis. Registration and refreshments start at 6pm and the talk will commence at 6.15pm. We look forward to welcoming you to this Birkbeck's Big Ideas event!