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The School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics proudly presents Peter Agre, MD. 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry; Vice Chancellor for Science and Technology, Professor of Cell Biology and Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina 
	
	  Open to the public.

Aquaporin Water Channels:
from Atomic Structure to Clinical Medicine


Water is the major component of all cells and tissues for bacteria, plants, and mammals. To maintain even pressure in the cells, nature utilizes a very efficient system to send water across cell membranes.

How does water pass through cell membranes? The answer remained as one of the classical unsolved problems of biochemistry for more than 100 years.

Through contemporary science, Dr. Peter Agre isolated the protein needed for cellular water transport and in doing so discovered the elusive water channel.

Dr. Agre’s discovery opened the door to a new series of biochemical, physiological, and genetic studies of water channels. It is now possible for researchers to follow a water molecule on its way through the cell membrane.

In medicine, there are a number of illnesses attributed to poor functioning of the water channels of the human body. A new approach can be used to develop more effective treatments and pharmaceuticals that tackle the problem on a molecular level.

Born in Northfield, Minnesota, Peter Agre received his B.S. from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota and his M.D. in 1974 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

In medicine, there are a number of illnesses attributed to poor functioning of the water channels of the human body.  A new approach can be used to develop more effective treatments and pharmaceuticals that tackle the problem on a molecular level.
	Born in Northfield Minnesota, Peter Agre received his B.S. from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota and his MD in 1974 from the Johns Hopkins University Schoolf of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
	
	Tuesday May 9, 2006 from 10 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. at the Kusch Auditorium FN 2.102
	
	For more information contact Diana Wilson-Willis at 972-883-4153 or e-mail diana.willis@utdallas.edu
	The University of Texas at Dallas