LISTEN – Killer Snails: Turning Poison into Medicine (Free Drinks, Fast Science)
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Free Drinks, Fast Science
Killer Snails: Turning Poison into Medicine
with Mandë Holford
Tuesday, April 19
6:30-7pm Welcome Reception
7-7:30pm Talk by Professor Holford
7:30-8pm Tours of the BioBase
In collaboration with Lower Eastside Girls Club
402 E. 8th Street (@ Avenue D), New York City
Marine snails are deadly predators: using specialized venom, they can paralyze animals many times their size. Now, scientists are finding a new use for snail toxin – turning this poison into medicine to treat chronic pain and other ailments of the nervous system.
Join us as Mandë Holford discusses her pioneering work to extract and characterize snail venom, and then use her discoveries as the basis for new drug development. Professor Holford’s work is a unique combination synthetic chemistry with evolutionary biology – for the purpose of creating better medicines for us all.
Mandë Holford is an Associate Professor in Chemistry at CUNY- Hunter College and Graduate Center, with scientific appointments at the American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medical College. She is a AAAS Science & Technology Fellow, an awardee of NIH grants, an NSF CAREER Award, and the prestigious Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. Dr. Holford has a sustained and active involvement in science education; she is co-founder of KillerSnails.com, a learning games company and RAISEW.org, an NSF project focused on increasing the retention of women in science.