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Distinguished Bioengineer to Present "Natural Products: Challenges and Opportunities" at NCCAM's Distinguished Lecture Series


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For Immediate Release:

Monday, October 23, 2006


On October 25, 2006 the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will host its Distinguished Lectures in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Ram Sasisekharan, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will present “Natural Products: Challenges and Opportunities.”


Wednesday, October 25, 2006, from 11 a.m. to noon

Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Building 10)

10 Center Drive, Bethesda, Maryland

The event is free and open to the public and will be videocast live at


Dr. Sasisekharan’s research group is playing a central role developing tools and technologies to understand the function of cellular components called glycans. Glycans are complex sugars found on virtually every cell surface-they coat cells and regulate cell function. Science is slowly realizing the importance of these sugars to human health. In fact, the MIT team has discovered that glycans are integral to the communication between cells that causes them to divide, migrate, and die. Glycans are also found in a vast array of natural products including ginseng and chondroitin, which have been the focus of recent research by the team. During his lecture, Dr. Sasisekharan will illustrate the challenges and opportunities that arise from exploring natural products and discuss the potential of this research to improve human health.

For more information or reasonable accommodations, call 301-594-5595, or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.

About the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH): NCCIH’s mission is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health approaches and their roles in improving health and health care. For additional information, call NCCIH’s Clearinghouse toll free at 1-888-644-6226. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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