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    2019 3M/Ronald A. Mitsch Lecture in Chemistry

    Male Contraception: A Quest

    Guest Lecturer


    Dr. Gunda I. Georg
    Regents Professor and Department Head
    Robert Vince Endowed Chair
    McKnight Presidential Chair in Medicinal Chemistry,
    Department of Medicinal Chemistry
    Director, Institute for Therapeutic Discovery and Development,
    College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota

    Thursday, April 4 at 12:45 p.m.
    Sundin Music Hall, 1531 Hewitt Avenue,
    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    Withdrawal and the condom are the only methods for reversible male contraceptive, and new methods would offer additional means for men to control their fertility. Advances in the understanding of reproductive biology have provided many testis-specific targets that can be used to develop a contraceptive pill for men. Medicinal chemists are now discovering and developing drug candidates that involve reduction of sperm counts, effect spermiation, prevent sperm maturation, or block sperm motility. However, developing agents that are highly effective, very safe, and completely reversible is a very significant challenge.

    Dr. Georg is regents professor and head of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and the founding director of the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development (ITDD) at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. She holds the Robert Vince Endowed Chair and the McKnight Presidential Chair in Medicinal Chemistry. She is the co-editor in chief for the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and was elected to the American Chemical Society Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame in 2017. She is an AAAS Fellow and a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and has received the Ernest H. Volwiler Research Achievement Award of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the Sato Memorial International Award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, the University of Minnesota Academy for Excellence in Health Research, and others.

    Dr. Georg received a BS in pharmacy (1975) and a PhD degree in medicinal chemistry (1980) from Philipps University in Marburg, Germany. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Ottawa in Canada. She started her independent career at the University of Kansas in 1984. After 22 years as a faculty member at the University of Kansas, she joined the University of Minnesota in 2007. Her research focuses on the design, synthesis, and evaluation of biologically active agents. Current major therapeutic areas are focused on cancer and male contraception.

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