UC Davis entomologist Bruce Hammock will speak on “From Butterflies to Blood Pressure and Beyond: Is It Possible to Get a Drug to the Clinic with a University’s Help?” at a Science Café session Wednesday. His free talk begins at 5:30 p.m. at Crepeville, 330 Third St. in downtown Davis.
It is hosted by professor Jared T. Shaw and presented by the UCD Division of Math and Physical Sciences and department of chemistry.
“The science is how basic research on insects has led to a drug for blocking hypertension and neuropathic pain,” Hammock said. “The general discussion is on the difficulties of translating basic science, paid for by the taxpayer, into a technology that can actually help the taxpayer.”
Hammock, a member of the entomology faculty since 1980, holds a joint appointment with the UCD Comprehensive Cancer Research Center, and directs the campuswide Superfund Research Program, National Institutes of Health Biotechnology Training Program and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Combined Analytical Laboratory.
He is a fellow of the Entomological Society of America, a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.