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December 13, 2004 - December 17, 2004

'Structures of the molecules of life - Impact on modern biomedical research'

Prof. Kurt Wüthrich

Nobel Laureate for Chemistry, Zurich

Keynote Speaker

Kurt Wüthrich is Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Professor at TSRI, La Jolla, CA, USA, and a Professor of Biophysics at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland, who received the 2002 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Born in Aarberg, Switzerland, he spent his student years at the Universities of Bern and Basel where he earned his Ph.D. degree in inorganic chemistry in 1964. During postdoctoral training at the University of California he started to work with the then just introduced method of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), a method he has used since 1967 for his studies on biological macromolecules. He returned to Switzerland in 1969 to become a professor at ETH Zürich, where he has remained until today. Since the early 1980s Prof. Wüthrich worked on the further development of NMR, eventually discovering a way to use NMR on proteins and thereby giving researchers a method to reveal the structure of proteins in solution and get information about their function in cells. This method has revolutionized the development of new pharmaceutics and may be used in the future in a variety of other applications. The possibility af analyzing proteins in detail has led to an increased understanding of the processes of life. Prof. Wüthrich's work has been recognized with numerous honorary degrees and awards such as the Prix Louis Jeantet de Medicine and the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology.

Monday, December 13, 2004:

14:00 Keynote speech and dialogue at Mahidol University

Information & free tickets: phone 02-201-5007, Fax 02-201-5072,

Tuesday, December 14, 2004:

14:00 Keynote speech and dialogue at Srinakharinwirot University

Information & free tickets: Phone 02-664-1000 ext. 8403, Fax 02-260-0128,

19:00 Dinner talk and dialogue co-hosted by The Chemical Society of Thailand and the National Science and Technology Development Agency of the Ministry of Science and Technology (not a public event)

Wednesday, December 15, 2004:

14:00 Keynote speech and dialogue at Chiang Mai University

Information & free tickets: Phone 053-943-661-5, 224-076 and 941-007,
Fax 053-219-252, 943-666 and 942-666, E-mail and

Thursday, December 16, 2004:

13:30 Keynote speech and dialogue at the National Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center of the Ministry of Science and Technology (not a public event)

 Friday, December 17, 2004:

10:00 Keynote speech and dialogue with researchers at the Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research of the Ministry of Science and Technology: 'NMR studies of structure and function of biological molecules' (not a public event)