Nobel laureate seminar 2011 - Peter Agre PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ulrike Schuetz   
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:12

As one of this year’s participants of the Nobel Laureate meeting in Lindau Prof. Peter Agre from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA, had kindly accepted our invitation to come to Munich to give a talk on the 1st of July. Prof Agre spent the afternoon with members from our graduate program with very interesting and entertaining discussions before giving his public seminar at the Gene Center Munich. He presented his work on the discovery of aquaporins for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2003 and his past and present scientific interests in a fascinating manner. Additionally to his outstanding academic work in his laboratories Prof Agre dedicates a lot of time to follow practical implementations of his research. His results in the aquaporin field have led to a therapeutical approach for the treatment of Malaria. Therefore, Prof Agre has decided to spend several months per year in Africa to visit hospitals in regions which are suffering severely from this disease.

After the talk which was followed by a multitude of questions from the audience Prof Agre joined for dinner at the Erdinger Brauhaus in Großhadern. He enjoyed Bavarian food and drink and very lively discussions with the ENB members. On the following day, our graduate school had arranged a visit to BMW world and two of our members accompanied Prof. Agre, a passionate motorcyclist, on a trip with a BMW motorbike.

We have met Prof Agre as a very open-minded and friendly person whose academic achievements, his social commitment and catching personality are equally inspiring and we would like to thank him once more for his visit.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:22