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FAU Frontiers in Science Presents: "The Progression of Cancer and Arthritis: Can Similar Treatments Help for Both Diseases?"

BOCA RATON, FL (March 8, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science presents Gregg Fields, Ph.D. as a guest speaker in the final public lecture of the spring 2007 Frontiers in Science program.   The lecture, “The Progression of Cancer and Arthritis: Can Similar Treatments Help for Both Diseases?” will take place on Thursday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 126 in the Charles E. Schmidt Biomedical Science Center.  

The diseases of both cancer and arthritis affect the lives and quality of lives of many.   In his presentation, Fields will present how cancer progression and arthritis both involve the destruction of tissues.   This type of destruction is caused by a type of enzyme called a protease.   About 20 years ago, one family of proteases was proposed to be responsible for tissue destruction in both cancer progression and arthritis.   However, more recent studies have indicated that different members of this protease family have different roles in cancer and arthritis.   Based on this information, selective protease inhibitors are being designed for the appropriate clinical application.  

Fields is professor and chair of the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at FAU.   He received the “FAU Researcher of the Year Award” for 2000-2001 and 2005-2006.

For more information, contact Patsy Jones at 561-297-1307 or patsyj@fau.edu.

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