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URI pharmacy conference to feature Noble Prize winner

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

Yale Professor Thomas Steitz to speak Sept. 30

WHO: Thomas Steitz, the Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and professor of chemistry at Yale University, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009 with two other scientists. He is also an investigator at Yale’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Steitz’s talk is titled “From the Structure and Function of the Ribosome to New Antibiotics.” A ribosome is a small particle containing ribonucleic acid in a cell that is a site for protein synthesis. More than 30 international researchers will present at the conference.

WHAT: 1st International Conference on Frontiers in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Global Perspectives, presented by the University of Rhode Island. The program focuses on the latest in bench drug discovery (natural products, medicinal chemistry and biologics) and drug development stages (delivery, nanotechnology, toxicology, clinical pharmacology, drug metabolism, transporters and pharmacokinetics).

WHEN: Conference runs Sept. 28 through 30, Steitz’s talk is Sunday, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m. Complete program details are at

WHERE: University of Rhode Island new College of Pharmacy building, 7 Greenhouse Road.

TO MAKE COVERAGE ARRANGEMENTS, call Dave Lavallee, URI Communications and Marketing, 401-874-5862, cell 401- 465-4291.