NEW FRONTIERS: UNDRUGGABLE PROTEINS AND IMPOSSIBLE PIANO MUSIC

July 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Taka Kigawa, an outstanding virtuoso of the contemporary piano literature, will perform near impossible-to-play music on the piano, as part of his effort to expand the range of the human musical experience.

Brent Stockwell, Professor of Chemistry at Columbia University, will discuss the challenge of discovering new medicines, and how all known drugs interact with just 2% of the proteins found in humans–most of the remaining proteins have been considered “undruggable”, or impossible to affect with drugs. He will discuss the efforts of a number of researchers, including his own laboratory, to address this fundamental challenge of creating new molecular architectures that can tame these untapped proteins, and what the dramatic impact on medicine and disease would be if such proteins could be harnessed for drug discovery.

a recent article on Taka Kigawa in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/26/arts/music/26taka.html

an article on Brent Stockwell’s new book, The Quest for the Cure: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/biology/news-events-data/news/brent-stockwell-11/index.html

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