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Forum introduces Center for Drug Discovery mission, CS growth


Chem Prof. Phil Low (left).

Chemistry Prof. Phil Low (left) and Dr. Tim Ratliff, Robert Wallace Miller Director Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, discuss plans for the Center for Drug Discovery, set to open on Purdue campus in 2014.

During his first public forum of the 2013-14 academic year, Purdue President Mitch Daniels helped announce two major College of Science initiatives Sept. 12 at the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom.

While citing moves that would grow Purdue's mission to "move the world forward," President Daniels said the Department of Computer Science is expected to grow by 27 percent in the next few years. Growth is needed for collaborative efforts. For example, a relationship between Computer Science and the College of Agriculture is expected in order to tackle the problem of feeding a booming population that is forecast for 50 years from now. The task is one of the College of Science’s major long-term projects.

Joined by Dr. Tim Ratliff. Robert Wallace Miller Director Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, Chemistry Prof. Phil Low introduced the mission of the upcoming Center for Drug Discovery to Purdue leaders. Low was recently named director of the new facility, which is expected to open in 2014.

Thirty-six drugs were listed on a PowerPoint slide that were in the Purdue "pipeline" already. Low said the Center for Drug Discovery will help get the drugs to people who are in need of them. The Center was created with the public in mind.

The Center will also continue techniques in cancer imaging as well as Low's breakthrough fluorescence cancer detecting technique. Using video and data collected, Low said a recent cancer surgery done by the naked eye collected only 5 percent of cancerous tissue before the fluorescence was utilized. The ovarian cancer patient had the rest of the tissue removed with the aid of Low’s fluorescence and she made a full recovery.

Check back later for updates on these new, exciting College of Science announcements.

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