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    Prof. Richard B. Silverman (Northwestern U.): "Drug Discovery: Ingenuity or Serendipity?"

    February 17, 2017
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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    University of Illinois at Chicago, Mol. Biol. Res. Bldg.
    901 S. Marshfield Ave. (Formal address 900 S. Ashland)
    Chicago, IL 60607

    Prof. Richard B. Silverman

    - Northwestern University -
    Depts. of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
    Chemistry of Life Processes Institute
    Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery
    Center for Developmental Therapeutics

    "Drug Discovery: Ingenuity or Serendipity?"


    Drug discovery is a long, challenging process, which is more often than not unsuccessful. How do medicinal chemists discover new drugs? Why are they so expensive? This lecture will describe some approaches taken to discover drugs, including an example from my lab, and how these drugs work. Examples of several popular drugs will be discussed with an attempt to answer the question of whether drug discoveries are the result of clever design and execution or just dumb luck.


    • 5:30 - 6:30  Registration, Poster Session, & Networking
    • 6:30 - 7:30  Dinner (Optional)
    • 7:30 - 7:40  Introductory remarks by Fran Kravitz, Chicago Section Chair
    • 7:40 - 8:40  Lecture by Rick Silverman


    • MAIN SITE (With live speaker): Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
    • STREAMING LOCATION #1: North Central College
    • STREAMING LOCAITON #2: College of Lake County  - Southlake


    Undergraduates will present posters describing their research, and the best one will win a prize!

    DINNER - ALL SITES (Panera box lunch):

    Option 1: Turkey sandwich
    Option 2: Vegetarian sandwich
    Oven roasted turkey, lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, pure mayo, spicy mustard, salt and pepper on whole grain. Served with potato chips, pickle and a cookie. Zesty sweet Peppadew piquant peppers, feta cheese, cucumbers, lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions and cilantro-jalapeno hummus with salt and pepper on thin sliced Tomato Basil. Served with potato chips, pickle and a cookie.


    Dinner reservations are required and should be received by

    Dinner Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, February 14

    PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all dinner orders.  No-shows will be billed.   Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email ([email protected]) if you have any questions


    Rick Silverman is Patrick G Ryan/Aon Professor (since 2015) in the Departments of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at Northwestern University.  Prof. Silverman’s research focuses on investigations of the molecular mechanisms of action, rational design, and syntheses of potential medicinal agents acting on enzymes. He is the inventor of Lyrica(TM), a drug marketed by Pfizer since 2005 for epilepsy, neuropathic pain, and fibromyalgia and has completed a Phase I clinical trial of another drug for infantile spasms.  Prof. Silverman received his  B.S. in chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry from Harvard University .  He served as a NIH postdoctoral fellow with the late Robert Abeles at Brandeis University  Silverman is the recipient of numerous awards for research and innovation including most recently the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Invention (2017).  He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors.  He is author of 350 research articles, 75 domestic and foreign patents, and five books (one [The Organic Chemistry of Drug Design and Drug Action] translated into German and Chinese).



    University of Illinois at Chicago
    Molecular Biology Research Building
    Ground floor lecture room
    Enter at 901 S. Marshfield Ave. (Formal address 900 S. Ashland Ave.)
    Chicago, IL 60607

    Map & Directions:

    PARKING: $8.50 cash/credit

    Paulina St. Parking Structure
    915 S. Paulina; Chicago, IL 60607


    North Central CollegeSTREAMING LOCATION #1:

    North Central College
    Harold & Eva White Activity Center
    Room 10 (basement)
    325 East Benton Avenue
    Naperville, IL 60540

    Map and directions:

    PARKING: free on the street


    College of Lake County
    Southlake Campus
    Room V336-340
    1120 S. Milwaukee Avenue
    Vernon Hills, IL 60061-3195

    Map and directions:

    PARKING: Free in Lot 1


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    $15.00 MAIN SITE (UIC) - Member

    $17.00 MAIN SITE (UIC) - Non-member

    $0.00 MAIN SITE (UIC) - Lecture Only

    $15.00 REMOTE SITE #1 (NCC) - Member ticket

    $17.00 REMOTE SITE #1 (NCC) - Non-member ticket

    $0.00 REMOTE SITE #1 (NCC) - Lecture Only

    $15.00 REMOTE SITE #2 (CLC) - Member ticket

    $17.00 REMOTE SITE #2 (CLC) - Non-member ticket

    $0.00 REMOTE SITE #2 (CLC) - Lecture Only