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FAU Presents Frontiers in Science Public Lecture with Professor Carrie Haskell-Luevano

BOCA RATON, Fla. (January 14, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science continues its Frontiers in Science 2014 public lecture series with a presentation by Carrie Haskell-Luevano, Ph.D., titled “Obesity and the Melanocortin Pathway: Treatment by Drugs or Exercise?” The lecture will take place on Friday, Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m. in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Room 126, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

Haskell-Luevano, professor and Philip S. Portoghese Endowed Chair in Chemical Neuroscience and Institute for Translational Neuroscience Scholar within the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, will focus her lecture on one aspect of genetically induced human obesity and the progress being made toward understanding the alterations in the body that the genetic changes induce.

“Adult and childhood obesity are overwhelming our society. There are several factors leading to obesity including food choices, exercise choices, technology advancements and genetic factors,” said Haskell-Luevano. “My research looks at designing potential drug molecules that can correct for the molecular defects associated with the genetic modifications that cause obesity.”

Haskell-Luevano’s research focuses on the understanding of the melanocortin peptide hormone endocrine systems in the brain, and their involvement in feeding behavior, exercise, diabetes and obesity. Specifically, she uses multidisciplinary approaches including chemistry, chemical biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, physiology and neuroscience to study endocrine systems.

“Dr. Haskell-Luevano is a renowned scientist and we are thrilled to have her speak at our Frontiers in Science lecture series,” said Frank Mari, Ph.D., professor within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in FAU’s College of Science.

 All Frontiers in Science lectures are free and open to the public.  No registration is necessary.  The series is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship in Science. Printing and mailing of lecture series materials were made possible by a donation from Bank of America.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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