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The Inaugural Frances Separovic Lecture

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The University of Melbourne

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This annual lecture will feature accomplished women in Chemistry. Our speaker this year is Sue Berners-Price (Griffith University).

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Prof Berners-Price will focus on two aspects of her impressive research career in the field of medicinal inorganic chemistry.

The first is a long standing interest in the development of gold-based therapeutic agents. The application of gold in medicine is traceable for several thousand years and gold compounds have been used clinically to treat rheumatoid arthritis since the 1920s. She will discuss the transition that has occurred from serendipity to drug design, following recognition of the unique chemistry of gold, combined with the emergence of a variety of thiol and selenol protein drug targets, whose dysfunction in cells can cause or contribute to a variety of human diseases (e.g. cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, viral and parasitic diseases).

The second is the exploration of a new research area, metalloglycomics, the interaction of metal compounds with carbohydrates, which has broad implications for the future development of new compounds for therapeutic and analytical applications.

Please join us for this one-hour lecture, followed by a reception with drinks and nibbles.

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Professor Sue Berners-Price is the convenor of the Australian Council of Graduate Research (2018–2019). She is the Dean of the Griffith University Graduate Research School (Brisbane, Australia) and a Principal Research Leader in Griffith’s Institute for Glycomics. She obtained her PhD in Chemistry from Birkbeck College, University of London and has held academic and senior administrative positions at both Griffith University and the University of Western Australia. Her research is in the field of medicinal inorganic chemistry. She is the author of more than 125 peer-reviewed original research articles and is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. She is the current President of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry and the recipient of the 2018 Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry (AsBIC) Outstanding Achievement Award.

The Frances Separovic Lecture celebrates the outstanding contribution of Professor Emeritus Frances Separovic AO, a pioneering woman chemist in Australia. Having earned her PhD from UNSW, Frances became the first female Professor of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne in 2005, and in 2010 became the first woman to head the School of Chemistry. In 2017, she was appointed Deputy Director of the Bio21 Institute. For International Women’s Day in 2019, she was recognised by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry as a Distinguished Woman in Chemistry and also honoured at the Queen’s Birthday Awards with an Officer of the Order of Australia, General Division.

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