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Biochemistry of Your Medicine Cabinet and Beyond | No Pain, No Gain: Understanding Opiates

Wed, February 14, 2018 6:15 P.M.
Independence Library

People regularly take medications for all kinds of conditions, from headaches and upset stomachs to cancer and deadly infections. This course will be a biochemist’s view of how the medicines we take – or hear about in the news – work. Each week will focus on a different drug or class of drugs, how they were discovered, and how they act at the molecular and cellular level. 

Today's class will focus on No Pain, No Gain: Understanding Opiates

From opium to oxycodone; from opioid receptors to endorphins; the biology of side effects; what’s next?

Dr. Joseph B. Rucker is the vice-president of research and development and a co-founder of Integral Molecular, a biotech company in West Philadelphia. His scientific expertise focuses on membrane proteins, sensory receptors, viruses, and antibodies. He is an author on more than 30 publications and has published in journals including Cell, Science, and Nature. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and did post-doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the Wagner’s faculty in 2015.

The course is presented by the Wagner Free Institute of Science. Founded in 1855, the Wagner is dedicated to providing free science education.  

Independence Library
18 S. 7th Street (7th Street between Market & Chestnut)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-685-1633