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Drug research pioneer to give Halsell Lecture (5/27/98)

Robert S. Langer, ScD, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) faculty member who pioneered the field of controlled release systems for peptides, proteins and other macromolecules, will deliver the annual Ewing Halsell Lecture at 4 p.m. Friday, May 29, in lecture hall 3.102B at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. His topic is "Biomaterials and How They Will Change Our Lives."

Dr. Langer's major focus is the study and development of polymers to deliver drugs (particularly genetically engineered proteins) continuously at controlled rates for prolonged periods of time.

"His research is wide-ranging, from ultrasound-mediated delivery of proteins through the skin for drug delivery to a potential treatment for hypercholesterolemia reported in 1993 to tissue engineering of skin and cartilage," said Richard F. Luduena, PhD, professor of biochemistry and chairman of the campus committee that invited Dr. Langer to visit San Antonio. "We are extremely fortunate to have secured his visit with us."

Dr. Langer is the Kenneth J. Germeshausen Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at MIT. He has 548 publications and 311 patents issued or pending, and has co-authored 2 books. Recipient of more than 50 major awards from professional societies and foundations in the United States and abroad, he was elected in 1992 to both the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, three years after his election to the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Langer is the only active member of all three U.S. national academies.

This year Dr. Langer won the Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation, worth $500,000.

A reception will follow the lecture in the foyer outside room 3.102B. The Ewing Halsell Lecture is made possible by a gift from the Ewing Halsell Foundation.

Contact: Will Sansom (210) 567-2570