Feb. 23, 2004

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Contact: Nancy Helm, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, (785) 864-4822.

Respected neuroscientist Floyd Bloom to give Higuchi lectures Feb. 26 at KU

LAWRENCE -- Respected neuroscientist Floyd Bloom will be the featured speaker at the 2004 Takeru Higuchi Memorial Lectures at the University of Kansas, taking place Thursday, Feb. 26.

Bloom will present a public scientific lecture titled "Neuroinformatics: A New Tool for Neuroscientists" at 9:30 a.m. in 130 Budig Hall. In the evening, Bloom will speak on "The Genome and the Health Care System," beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Simons Research Laboratories Auditorium, West Campus. Both events are free.

"Not only is Professor Bloom a distinguished scientist, but he also has the pulse on issues facing scientists in society, such as scientific integrity, the teaching of evolution controversy and the role that genomic information will play in the future of health care in this country," said Valentino J. Stella, distinguished professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at KU.

Bloom's lectures will address how society uses the information generated by scientists more effectively and how human genome research will impact the health care system.

"A major theme of biomedical research at KU's Lawrence campus and the medical school is neurochemistry," Stella said. "Professor Bloom's visit will provide an excellent opportunity for the neuroscientists on both campuses to interact with him."

Bloom has extensive experience in research, teaching and laboratory management. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Brain Research, as well as chair of the neuropharmacology department at the Scripps Research Institute at La Jolla, Calif.

In 2000, he was named chief executive officer of Neurome Inc. in La Jolla. He is on the scientific advisory boards of companies such as Digital Gene Technology, SmithKline/Glaxo and NeoGene. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of many journals, including the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

This will be the eighth Higuchi lecture in the series, which started in 1989. The series is named after KU professor Takeru Higuchi, who created significant economic activity in the state directly related to his research interests, including the Alza Institute for Pharmaceutical Chemistry in the 1960s and Oread Laboratories in the 1980s. Higuchi died in 1987.

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