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Life Saving Chemistry - From Medicine to Nanomedicine

Life Saving Chemistry - From Medicine to Nanomedicine

Our Lecture Series continues on Wednesday 14 October 2015 at 7pm with Professor David Smith exploring the power of medicine. 

In the last 150 years, the human lifespan has almost doubled.  This lecture outlines the crucial role in this achievement played by chemists, who have, using a range of different approaches, developed many effective medicines.  Using illustrations, audience participation and demonstrations, the talk will explore how drugs are discovered and understand in chemical terms, what happens to drug molecules inside the human body.  Most importantly, Professor Smith shall think ‘beyond the molecule’ and uncover the way in which chemical drugs interact with the biological patient and consider how this may lead to the development of new types of drugs in the future.

Tickets are free and are available on our Eventbrite page. If you have any enquiries or accessibility requirements please telephone us on 01904 527315 or email 

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About the speaker

Professor Dave Smith

Dave Smith is Professor of Chemistry at University of York, where he carries out fundamental research in the field of smart nanomaterials and nanomedicines.  He has always been heavily involved in chemical education, and as well as university teaching, has given outreach lectures to more than 30,000 UK school students, and developed his own YouTube chemistry channel, with around half a million views.  Dave has been recognised for excellence both in research and teaching, having received the Corday Morgan Award in 2012 from The Royal Society of Chemistry and a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy in 2013.  In 2014 he was named as one of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s 175 Diverse Faces of Chemistry.  Dave entered into a civil partnership with his husband Sam in 2010.  They live in central York, with their adopted son.