Noted Cancer Researcher To Give Keynote Lecture At Spencer Symposium At FSC

Sep 1, 2015

by Staff

A former senior researcher at the National Cancer Institute, who has delved into the use of antibodies to combat cancer, will be the keynote speaker at the sixth annual Spencer Symposium at Florida Southern College. 

Dr. Christoph Rader, associate professor at the Scripps Research Institute’s East Coast campus in Jupiter, will deliver one of four lectures at the symposium, sponsored by the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics at FSC. The symposium, designed to explore advancements on the frontiers of chemistry and medicine, will be held from 2 to 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 11 in the Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall on the FSC campus. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Dr. Rader’s lecture, scheduled for 4:45 p.m., is “Cancer Therapy with Antibodies at the Interface of Biology and Chemistry,” describing his research efforts, including site-specific antibody-drug conjugates and chemically programmed antibodies. He is the author of more than 100 publications, holds eight issued patents, and has 17 patent applications pending in the area of antibody technologies. He joined the Scripps Institute’s East Coast campus in 2012. Previously, he spent nine years as senior scientist and head of the Antibody Technology Section in the Experimental Transplantation and Immunology Branch of the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute.

The other lectures in the symposium are:
  • 2 p.m.: Dr. Shaun Schmidt, professor of chemistry, Washburn University in Kansas, “Methodologies for the Synthesis of [46]Adamantane: a Tetraazamacrotricyclic ligand.” Dr. Schmidt is a 1991 graduate of FSC.
  • 3 p.m. Ashley Scott, program director of the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame, “Development of a Training Program for Detection of Poor Quality Medicines in Resource Limited Settings.” Ms. Scott, a 2012 graduate of FSC, has piloted training programs for counterfeit drug detection with medical professionals in limited resource settings.
  • 3:45 p.m.: Dr. Shameka Shelby, assistant professor of chemistry, Florida Southern College, “Insights into the mechanism of RPE phagocytosis: Understanding how the retina recycles damaged photoreceptors daily.” Dr. Shelby’s research interests are in the cellular and biochemical maintenance of the retina and its supporting structures.
For more information about the symposium, call 680-4316.
More about the Spencer Symposium…
In honor of the late Dr. Jack Spencer, a Florida Southern College professor of chemistry who is credited with making major advances in the research and development of antibiotics, this annual Symposium draws together the FSC community and interested members of the public to highlight the application of chemistry in healthcare. The event is organized by Dr. Carmen Gauthier, Jessie Ball duPont Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics at Florida Southern College.