Chemistry and Biochemistry Announces Annual Celebration of Student Achievement

The Nineteenth Annual Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Celebration of Student Achievement will be held virtually on Thursday, April 8, 2021.  The celebration begins at 2:00 p.m. with a virtual plenary lecture entitled “Understanding and Improving Platinum Anticancer Drugs” by Dr. Stephen J. Lippard, Department of Chemistry, MIT. See below for more details. Join us in Zoom on April 8 at 2:00 p.m. 

The virtual Celebration of Student Achievement Awards Ceremony for Spring 2021 undergraduate and graduate chemistry majors follows the lecture at 3:30 p.m. We will recognize any alumni and donors in attendance as well. Please RSVP today to receive the links to both events! Contact or 330-672-2032 with any questions.

The program for the event can be found here.

Understanding and Improving Platinum Anticancer Drugs

Celebration of Student Achievement, Kent State University

April 8, 2021

Stephen J. Lippard, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Platinum-based compounds are successful chemotherapeutic agents for treating cancer. This family of drugs, which includes cisplatin, carboplatin and oxaliplatin, are administered to approximately half of all cancer patients. This lecture will describe the serendipitous discovery of cisplatin, which established this class of cancer drug, its mechanism of action and related platinum compounds devised as potential improvements over the existing drugs. The work was supported by the National Cancer Institute.

POSTED: Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 5:14pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 10:29am