Synopsis: Please join us for The Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Discovery of Streptomycin
Start Time: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 8:00 AM
End Time: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 6:00 PM
Location: Douglass Student Center
Address: 100 George Street
Campus: Douglass
Room: Trayes Hall
City, State, Country: New Brunswick, NJ US
Fee: N/A
Speaker: Multiple Presenters
Sponsor: Department Biochemistry and Microbiology
Category: Talk, Lecture, Seminar
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Contact Name: Lindsay Robinson
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Contact Phone: (848) 932-5642
Additional Information: Streptomycin, produced by Streptomyces griseus, was discovered by Schatz, Bugie and Waksman (1944) in the Department of Soil Bacteriology (the first such department in the country, 1901) at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (today’s School of Environmental and Biological Sciences), the culmination of a systematic search for antimicrobials from soil microbes and other sources developed by Waksman’s group over several years. The successful Rutgers streptomycin discovery spurred efforts to find further broad-spectrum antibiotics and other microbial products and was a driving force in establishing New Jersey as a world center for the pharmaceutical industry. The discovery of streptomycin at the dawn of the antibiotic era, revolutionized the practice of medicine, disease control, and enhanced surgery. Internationally, it revolutionized the practice of public health including extending human life span. Confirmation of the momentous advance of the discovery of streptomycin was recognized through the award of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1952 to Selman A. Waksman. Martin Hall (Cook Campus) one of the world’s special scientific treasures is designated as an American Chemical Society Historic Landmark and a Milestones in Microbiology by the American Society for Microbiology. In 2019 Streptomyces griseus was honored as the official New Jersey State Microbe. ______________________________________________________________________________________ Symposium keynote speakers are Joan Bennett (Rutgers University, Plant Biology), Lee Reichman (Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute), Cameron Currie (University of Wisconsin), Richard Ebright (Rutgers University, Waksman Institute), Todd Black (Merck Research Laboratories), Karen Bush (Indiana University), Martin Blaser (Rutgers University, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine), and Rita Colwell, (University of Maryland).