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GWU Invites CBE Professor to Speak Among Nobel Laureates


Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D., 1998 Nobel Laureate in Medicine & Physiology, and Rakesh Kumar, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, began in 2012 an undergraduate Honors course: "Science and Medicine: a Priceless Journey". The purpose of the course was to highlight the scientific basis of important discoveries (so far) of the 20th - 21st centuries, through presentations by prominent scientists, mostly Nobel Prize Laureates and members of the National Academy of Science.

John D. Catravas, Ph.D, FAHA, FCCP, Sentara Chair in Cardiovascular Science and Professor at the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics and in the School of Medical Diagnostic and Translational Sciences in the College of Health Sciences, was invited to lecture on inflammation and on his work in the anti-inflammatory actions of heat shock protein (hsp) 90 inhibitors, a class of drugs that hold promise as potent anti-inflammatory drugs with low side effects. Inflammation is associated with most major cardiovascular, neurologic, metabolic and autoimmune disease and cancer. The lecture took place on March 31.