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February 4, 2003

Lecture examines communication between cells

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A researcher noted for his work in helping the body's cells interact with artificial materials will present a public talk Tuesday (2/11) at Purdue University.

Christopher Chen, professor of biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, will talk on "How Cells Make Sense of Their Environment." The lecture, at 3:30 p.m. in Lynn Hall, Room G210, is free and open to the public.

Chen's talk is part of the Mari Hulman George lecture series in Experimental Medicine, sponsored by Purdue's Institute for Applied Neurology, the Center for Paralysis Research and the School of Veterinary Medicine. Richard Borgens, who organizes the series, said the lecture will be of interest to the entire community.

"Dr. Chen will speak in broad terms," said Borgens, Mari Hulman George Professor of Applied Neuroscience in Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine. "This lecture series is aimed at the nonscientist as well as the specialist."

Chen, the first of two speakers in this year's series, has been honored for his work with both a Presidential Early Career Award and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award.

The second lecture, scheduled for May 1, will feature Kay Redfield Jamison, an author and psychiatrist who is generally recognized as the world's foremost authority on manic-depressive illness.

Writer: Chad Boutin, (765) 494-2081,

Source: Richard Borgens, (765) 494-7600,

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