[Blueboard] Pre-Nobel Forum Seminar on Proteins March 27 2008

Natasha B. Teran Natasha at ateneo.edu
Wed Mar 19 13:57:52 PHT 2008

The Department of Chemistry of the
Ateneo de Manila University

Invites everyone to a seminar entitled

An introduction to the biochemical class and the 2004 Nobel Prize for  

Thursday, 27 March 2008
Leong Hall Auditorium

This seminar is being presented in preparation for the Ateneo visit of  
Prof. Aaron Ciechanover, 2004 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry.  Confirmed  
attendees of the said event are encouraged to come to this pre-forum  

This seminar is open to everyone, but students taking up Biology,  
Chemistry, Health Sciences, BS Psychology, or any other pre-med course  
are highly encouraged to attend. All attendees of this preparatory  
seminar will also be invited to join the April 3, 2008 Bridges Nobel  
Forum at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater to hear Dr. Ciechanover?s talk.

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     When one hears of the word ?protein,? one usually first thinks of  
meat.  Proteins, however, do not just make up the flesh one eats.   
Making up a major class of biological compounds, proteins are  
ever-present in living things: from animals to plants and even viruses.

     Researchers in the past focused heavily on explaining how and why  
proteins are produced.  Few, like the team of Dr. Ciechanover, went  
against the flow to focus on protein degradation.  The three learned  
that proteins are not broken down indiscriminately by cells, but by an  
orderly and energy-dependent process.

     This seminar aims to give an introduction to the basic chemistry  
of proteins especially their structures and general functions.  The  
roles of some proteins in specific diseases will also be explored.   
Finally, the Nobel-prize winning research of Dr. Ciechanover, Dr.  
Hershko, and Dr. Rose will be introduced in preparation for the April  
3 Forum.

     The Ateneo?s special guest for the April 3 event, Dr.  
Ciechanover, is based in Haifa, Israel and earned his Doctor?s degrees  
in Medicine and Biology at the University of Jerusalem and the Israel  
Institute of Technology (Technicon) respectively.  He is a  
highly-distinguished Professor at the Center for Cancer and Vascular  
Biology and the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and Research Institute  
at the Technicon.

For more inquiries about this introductory seminar or the April 3  
Bridges Nobel Forum, please contact the Department of Chemistry:  
426-6001 loc.5633 (David) or email dperalta at ateneo.edu

Natasha B. Teran
Department of Chemistry
Loyola Schools
Ateneo de Manila University

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