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King Saud UniversityThe 2nd International Scientific Meeting on Natural Products and Drug Discovery, featuring speakers from GCC nations, the United States and Germany, is being held May 1-2 ( Sunday and Monday) at King Saud University.

The two-day event in which cancer-related topics will be the focus was organized by the KSU Chair of Advanced Proteomics and Cytomics Research and Zoology Department  and conducted under the auspicious of KSU Rector Abdullah Al-Othman.

Guest speakers include Professors from the United States, Roderick H. Dashwood of Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute and Entomologist Dr. Anwar L. Bilgrami of the Cape May Country Department of Mosquito Control, while professors from German institutes, Florenz Sasse of  the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research and Ludger Wessjohann of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, are also featured. Each expert will speak both days of the meeting in the KSU College of Science.

Dr. Sasse, director of the Helmholtz Department of Chemical Biology and an expert in pharmaceutical cancer research, are opening the opening-day session with the topic, “The natural product research at the Helmholtz center for infection research,” then  following with “From phenotype to mode of action: Bio-profiling of small molecules” on Day Two.

Professor Wessjohann, Leibniz Institute’s Managing Director for Plant Biochemistry and head of the Institute’s Biorganic Chemistry Department, will close the morning session with “Anti-cancer compounds from nature: From Isolation to total synthesis.” He’ll follow the second day with “Why selenium? Understanding the chemical basis of the importance in nature”.Visiting King Saud University

Dr. Dashwood, Director of Oregon State’s Cancer Chemoprotection and a professor of environmental and molecular toxicology, will open Day One’s afternoon session with “Endothelins and their receptors in cancer: Identification of therapeutic targets”, followed on Day Two by “Histone deacetylases as topics of dietary agents.”

Dr. Bilgrami, the Cape May Director of Mosquito Control and professor of nematology and biological control, will anchor the opening day’s program and open the May 2 session. Dr. Bilgrami’s opening-day presentation will be “Bilogical control agents: Friends or foes . . . you decide,” followed on Day Two by “Mosquito control: Knowledge, attitudes and practices . . . are we prepared?”

Moderators on opening day will be Dr. Yasser Elnakady in the morning and Dr. Mohammad Ahmad in the afternoon. On the second day, Dr. Muhammad Farooq will preside in the morning and Dr. Muhammad Abbas in the afternoon.

For further information and registration contact apcrc@ksu.edu.sa by email or contact by telephone at 0146-79664/75783 or mobile 056 9481811.