The winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Centenary Lectureship, Professor John Katzenellenbogen, chose The Open University to begin his UK lecture tour today.
Professor Katzenellenbogen, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA spoke on the ability to diagnose and treat cancer when you can "see" it. This can be done by designing molecules that are attracted to, and can stick to, important hormone receptors in cancerous cells. The researcher can then use medical imaging techniques to detect these receptors, and so understand what hormones might be driving the cancerous cells. This imaging can also help in selecting what therapy for breast or prostate cancer might best be tailored to each individual with the disease.
Professor Jim Iley, Head of Chemistry and Analytical Sciences at The Open University, said: ‘We are delighted to have such an internationally renowned and award winning chemist begin his RSC Centenary Lecture tour here. It is providing a fantastic opportunity to bring together academics and students from across the Science Faculty – chemists, physicists and life scientists – to discuss how basic research can have a direct impact on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.’
Professor Katzenellenbogen said: ‘I am very grateful to the RSC for affording me the honor of the Centenary Lectureship and giving me an opportunity to undertake this tour. I am also very pleased by the warm welcome I have received at The Open University, my starting point for this tour, and I am impressed by what I have learned about the faculty and students at this unusual institution. Finally, I thank all those who have helped to organise my visit and to make it a pleasant experience.’
Professor Katzenellenbogen was awarded the RSC Centenary Lectureship for his creative combination of organic synthesis with biochemistry, molecular and structural biology and spectroscopic methods to address major problems in biology and medicinal chemistry.
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Professor Katzenellenbogen will continue his tour of the UK at the universities of Nottingham, Leeds, York, St Andrews and Southampton.
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Independent authorities have consistently ranked the OU in the top five UK universities for teaching quality and virtually all of the University’s research areas have received ratings of national or international excellence. OU students are more impressed with the quality of their courses and the support received than those at any other UK university, based on the findings of the National Student Survey. The OU has been at the top of the rankings every year since the survey began in 2005.
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