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561-297-1307, patsyj@fau.edu

FAU’s Frontiers in Science Fall Lecture Series Presents ‘The Microbes Strike Back’

BOCA RATON, FL (October 10, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will continue its 2008 Fall Frontiers in Science public lecture series with a presentation entitled “The Microbe Strikes Back” by Dr. Predrag Cudic, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at FAU. The lecture will take place on Friday, October 24 at 3:30 p.m. in FAU’s General Classroom North Building, Room 101, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

            In his presentation, Cudic will discuss how antibiotics that were introduced in the 1930s and 1940s were considered to be miraculous drugs at the time. Presently, however, many bacteria have acquired resistance to multiple antibiotics making some infections impossible to treat.   Cudic will share how identifying novel antibacterial targets and new antibacterial chemotherapeutics capable of treating infections from drug-resistant bacteria is of vital importance.         

            “Taking into consideration the adaptability of bacteria and enormous selection pressure imposed by the widespread use of antibiotics, the development of bacterial resistance to multiple antibiotics is not a matter of ‘if,’ but only a matter of ‘when,’” said Cudic.

            Cudic received his Ph.D. from Rudjer Boskovic Institute, University of Zagreb in Croatia in 1996, and went to the Collège de France in Paris, France where he joined the research group of professor Jean-Marie Lehn , the 1987 Nobel Lauréate in chemistry.   Cudic brought his research and teachings to FAU in 2003.

 This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship.

             The reception that follows the program is made possible by the Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant, a component of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

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

-FAU-

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