Tom Meade, professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University, will present the 2012 Richard F. Smith Lecture, entitled "Seeing is Believing! Diagnostics in the 21st Century." The event will be held on Thursday, April 19 at 7:30pm in Newton 202, and is free and open to the public.
When a doctor is needed to diagnose and treat a patient for a possible disease, accuracy is essential. Diagnostic techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and genetic probes offer the promise of informative test results. Meade will discuss how scientists are using chemicals to create the next generation of even more sensitive and more discriminating diagnostic tools, including new ways to test food and water for contamination, test patients for viruses, and identify genetic predispositions to certain diseases.
Meade's research focuses on bioinorganic coordination chemistry and its application in research that include biological molecular imaging, electron transfer processes and the development of electronic biosensors for the detection of DNA and proteins. He has received numerous awards and founded three biotech companies, Clinical Micro Sensors, PreDx and Ohmx which are developing hand-held devices for protein and DNA detection and bioactivated MR contrast agents for in vivo imaging of cancer.
For more information, contact the chemistry department at 585-245-5314.