Understanding 'life' inside a crystal

Pharmacy medicine

6th May, 2010

A leading academic from Aston University will next week shed light on crystals, what they are, how they work and the role they play in our daily lives, particularly in the form of tablets and capsules.

Professor Carl Schwalbe’s inaugural lecture, titled “Better drugs through crystal-gazing”, is free to attend, and will aim to raise awareness and create a better understanding of crystals from a Pharmaceutical Sciences perspective.

In Pharmaceutical Sciences, crystals are important in two ways: (1) helping to determine the structure of a molecule—information which leads to an improved understanding of drug action; (2) as components of solid dosage forms, which must be stable but then dissolve at a suitable rate.

Professor Schwalbe will talk about two outstanding discoveries, both of which he was involved with. They are:  understanding the structure of boron hydrides by the Lipscomb Group, which won a Nobel Prize in 1976, and the discovery of temozolomide by the Stevens Group, sales of which exceeded one billion dollars last year.

The not-to-be-missed lecture is free to attend, though it has a limited number of places. It will take place in the Sumpner Lecture Theatre on the sixth floor of the main building at Aston University on Tuesday 11 May at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be available from 6pm and the lecture will be followed by a buffet.

To reserve your place please email events@aston.ac.uk.

For further information about this event please contact Dhiren Katwa by emailing d.katwa1@aston.ac.uk or by telephone on 0121 204 4553.