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11-11-1998

Ringsdorf To Speak On Nature's Cancer Fighting Ways In Fourth Shipley Lecture At Clarkson University

Development of new cancer treatments by the world’s top scientists and researchers have given patients the weapons to fight the disease. Nature has its own way of fighting cancer cells, according to this year’s Clarkson University Shipley Distinguished Lectureship speaker Helmut Ringsdorf, professor of organic chemistry at the Centre of Polymer Therapeutics, School of Pharmacy at the University of London, and at the University of Mainz in Germany.

“It’s fascinating to see how Mother Nature copes with cancer,” says Ringsdorf. “Activated cells of our immune system specifically attack the cancer cells and either drill holes into their membranes, or spontaneously destabilize them.”

Is it possible for scientists to duplicate these procedures? Ringsdorf will speak on “Death of a Tumor Cell: Can We Mimic the Process?” on Monday, November 16, at 4:15 p.m. in Clarkson University’s Science Center, Room 360. A reception for Ringsdorf is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

A second lecture, “Multicompartmentation—A Concept for the Molecular Architecture of Life,” will be presented on Tuesday, November 17, at 4:15 p.m. at the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP), Room 177.

The lectures are co-sponsored by CAMP in conjunction with the department of biology, and are open to the public.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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